Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tail skid

I've been messing with the tail skid lately. Today I welded the skid support to the skid tube. This is a thick piece of .100 steel bent around the 1 in. tube.

But, the wooden tail skid is 1 1/2 in.

So, the ears of the support had to be bent back inwards to parallel the sides of the skid.

I did this by clamping the support to two steel blocks equal to 1 1/2 in. The first side was easy. This picture shows the second side being bent with the aid of a big clamp.

See what I mean?

The support on the skid.

The entire assembly waiting to be drilled, lightening holes added, the skid casting screwed to the skid and the bungee cords wrapped and tied.....but you get the idea.

Also ran a quarter twenty eight tap on the engine bearer "U" bolts.

Here they are ready to have the cotter key hole drilled and sent to be heat treated. More on that as it happens.


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