Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Tank Prep and Gear Leg wrapping

Since it was raining (and has been for the last two weeks) I decided now was the time to clean out the old fuel tank. The first step was to pour Marine Clean into the tank with an equal amount of hot water.

Then, slosh it around to coat the entire inside. After that, set the tank in a different position every two hours to ensure that each part of the tank becomes immersed in the solution.
Drain and rinse thoroughly with hot water. Man, you should have seen the dirt that came out!
The next step is Metal Ready. This prepares the metal for the sloshing compound. Same as before - pour one can of chemical and an equal part of hot water. This time, rotate the tank every hour. As you probably guessed, this was an all day affair.

Drain the Metal Ready and thoroughly rinse with water. I used a hose this time. It took a lot of water to get the tank clean.
Sloshing compound (the next step to seal the tank) will not adhere to a wet tank, so I have a little fan blowing air into the inside of the tank right now. I'll leave it there for a day or two, but since we're getting bombarded with rain, the humidity is high and the tank might not completely dry for a long time. We'll see.
During that time, I got the wrapping done! Total - 4 longeron wraps and 12 gear leg wraps.

Here's a close up of a wrap in progress.

After the wrap is complete, remember to coat the fibers with Shelac.

Here are the gaps and wrapping case anyone else wants to restore a Jenny.

Last wrap!

John Gaertner has been steadily working on Wing #3.

The tip bow is in place and awaiting the final shaping

And the mahogony leading edge is in place.


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