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

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Todays progress

Now that the tank was in the right place, the end of the fuel shutoff rod could be made. First, the rod was cut to length just short of the valve. Then, the end was flattened with a hammer.

Then, two pieces of flat stock was cut, drilled and welded in place.

Now you can get a better picture of the entire assembly.

Here's the assembly after blasting and primer paint.

The whole shutoff assembly.

Made the fuel tank hold down brackets too. They were cut out of flat stock, about 3/4 in wide and bent using an 1 1/4 X 1 1/2 in steel block (the same size as the longeron). Remember that the turnbuckle end goes between the flanges, so you need to leave a 3/16 in gap. Plus, the flange is bent a few degrees, so don't drill it until you have the proper bend angle (experience learned by building the second one!)

See how it goes?

Here is the other side. This one is easier to make because the flanges touch together.

Got out the wire wrapping jig and made the strap.

Here is how it goes. There will be a felt pad underneath, but I will leave that until final assembly.

Glen came by the hangar and I put him to work making the upper tail strut fitting. He cut the .065 stock on the bandsaw and finished it with the grinder and file.

Filed smooth.

Here is the fitting in place.

And the lower original brace below the new fitting.

A package arrived from John Gaertner today containing the throttles and stick pedestal castings. He did marvelous work and I can't wait to install the pieces next week.

Busy weekend coming up - kids have baseball tournaments and our museum is having a benefit dinner on Saturday night, so I'll probably get back to work on the Jenny around Monday.

Till then, enjoy



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