Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Casting Brackets

I promised I would show how the castings were held in place, so here goes:

First, I got a piece of square tubing and measured 2 1/2 in.

Then the "top" was cut off on the bandsaw. This gives you a "U" channel.

Using a piece of spare 1 1/4 piece of tubing, the outline was traced onto the "U" Channel.

A V-cut to start on the bandsaw.

Followed by grinding to shape.

Trial fit on the spare tubing. A bit of hand work with a round file makes it fit closer.

The bracket was marked and drilled and test fit. See how it goes? Originally the Jenny used a U-bolt, like on the stabilizer, but this method is much easier. Also, the final bolts will go in the other way - head upside down - so the castellated nuts will show on the casting. Looks like a U-bolt that way.

The other bolts on the casting have a simple rectangular bracket cut on a bandsaw and filed to shape.

Here's how they go. There are two brackets per casting - left and right.

Slipped the front control stick on the torque tube. Fit perfectly! The excess tube will be cut later. Now it's time for some aeroplane noises.

More later. The kids have baseball games most of the day today and hope to get to the shop later in the weekend. Enjoy



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