Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Friday, December 18, 2009

Shut off bracket and brass hinges

The rear brace for the fuel shut off rod is made from a few pieces of 1/16 in. steel and a piece if 4130 tubing with a 5/16 in ID (so the shutoff rod fits).

The steel pieces were bent 90 degrees and welded together. After welding, the tubing was cut to length.

Here is the bracket prior to clean up by the bead blaster.

And here is where it goes.

The bracket will be screwed to the wood during the final assembly.

Tediously, I cut the long brass piano hinge into 1 1/4. pieces.

Then, with the help of the grinder and various files, the hinge gradually took on the appropriate shape.

Here is the pile of hinges after grinding. The top three have been dressed with the file and are ready to be drilled. The hinge at the top right is an original Jenny hinge on loan from Frank Shelling. It makes a great pattern!

The hinges will hold the turtledeck to the fuselage. Sorry for the poor photos. I think my trusty old digital camera has finally started to fail me. But I heard a rumor Santa was bringing a new one for Christmas. Lets hope so.

Also, the mahogany strips have been glued to the door and I epoxied the bottom hinge strips today.

More soon,




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