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

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Floorboards and Axle Shoes

The axle shoes were fitted today! These castings were made by Phil Mintari and their purpose is to hold the bungee cords in place. The Jenny is back on the gear again and the shoes look great.

Also made the front floorboards support. This piece fits over the spar carry through and was made the same way as the last one - rough cut to the 5/8 in. radius on the router and sanded to final shape with a drum sander on a drill.

The front floorboards were measured and drilled today. I spent a lot of time with this, ensuring that everything fit in the proper place - stick pedestals, rudder bar, torque tube etc. - because once the holes were drilled, there was no turning back!

I was most concerned with the distance between stick pedestals, but everything lined up according to plan. The holes were then countersunk for the brass screws.

Drilled the first two support brackets also.

Here they are holding the floorboards in place.

Also gave the spar carry through floorboard supports a coat of varnish.

John Gaertner sent pictures of the first completed aileron. Very nice.

He also sent a picture of the second aileron not far behind.

More later this week!



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