Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fuel Tank Sloshing and Raw Castings

Interestingly, and much to the relief of north west Atlanta, the rain stopped today. I was also surprised to see the inside of the original fuel tank dry after the little fan circulated air all night.

So, it was time to pour in the fuel tank sealant.

After the selant is in the tank, rotate the tank until the entire inside has been covered. Don't forget about the internal baffles, too. They need to get covered.

Then, you drain the remaining selant back into the tank, but do not put the lid back on or try to save it. The stuff expands as it dries and you'd blow the lid right off. I was also amazed how much selant came out of the tank - nearly 3/4 of the can - at a slow rate..

Then, the little fan was put back to work circulating the air. Plus, with the tank sitting outside in the hot sun, the sealant dried rather quickly. After several hours, I took a peek inside. The entire fuel tank was coated beautifully.

More good news today - the raw castings arrived ! Here you can see the front stick pedestal, front and rear rudder bar pedestals and throttle quadrants. More castings are coming, but this was the first batch completed.

The castings were made by Mr. Ben Douglas at Dove Works Foundry in Anniston, Alabama. I was pleased with their work and I would highly recommend them.

The parts are raw castings, which means they are rough and grainy. They will be sent to John Gaertner for finish machining.

I couldn't resist seeing them in place....even if they are not ready to be installed yet.




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