Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Radiator support bracket and tail skid stuff

"Who said two rights don't make a left?" - Sorry - Couldn't resist that play on words. The project came with two right side radiator brackets so I decided to make one into a left bracket. It's the same flat pattern, only bent differently. You can see the two identical pieces below.

It was just a matter of exactly bending the original folds the opposite way. Bending blocks helped but you still had to be careful.

Now you have a right and a left.

Decided to finish the tail skid shoe. The shoe is held on to the skid with screws. The screws need to be countersunk as deeply as possible so the skid can wear without scraping the head off the screw.

Here you can see the recessed screw.

And the skid in place, awaiting black paint and another coat of varnish on the wood.

Built the lower tail skid area cross brace today. It's a 1 1/4 by 1 1/4 in. piece of spruce rough cut on the bandsaw.

And asnede to the line with the spindle sander.

Here is the brace in place. The wires will be changed because they are hitting the skid when it reaches full travel. The square joint will be made rectangular so as to spread out the wires.



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