Curtiss Jenny Restoration

Welcome! We hope you enjoy following the restoration process of a 1918 Curtiss JN4D Jenny. Once completed, the aeroplane will be flown and displayed at the Candler Field Museum in Williamson GA (30 miles south of Atlanta). You can contact me below by clicking on "VIEW MY PROFILE"

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Monday, October 05, 2009

Tail Skid

Worked on the tail skid today. First step was to bore a 9/16 in hole in the ash skid to accept the brass bushing.

Here's the bushing. I was able to order a 9/16 OD bushing with a 7/16 ID from MSC. The excess was cut off with a bandsaw.

Then, the brass was put on the skid and the hole drilled for the bolt.

Finally, I get to use a new casting! Here is where the tail skid bungee casting goes.

The tail skid has a rubber bumper, so a 1 in. strip was cut from some 1/4 in. rubber material.

And mounted on the skid.

Also, the top and bottom steel washers were drilled and installed. Here's a picture of the top one.

In case you're wondering - here's how everything fits together !

This was a trial fit. Now the metal pieces need to be painted black and the skid needs a final coat of varnish.

The shoe needs to be fitted, but that's for the next shop day.

Sorry for the little hiatus from the Jenny project, but I went to the Bucker fly-in at Live Oak FL. Had a great time. Flew lots of aerobatics, ate too much food and told too many stories. Mine was one of fourteen Buckers that flew to the event. It was a fine weekend.

Got a busy month coming up. Enjoy



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