Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Turtledeck, bearings and fuel gauge

This evening, the top of the turtledeck was given a coat of varnish. Now, the entire assembly has one coat. Next step - sanding and more varnish.

Also, the tail skid was reassembled. The last time this was on the aeroplane, it was painted in primer. It's kind of neat seeing everything in it's final form.

The original control system pulleys that came with the project were pretty worn and much as I would have liked, no one could find an exact match in any catalog - not MSC, not Aircraft Spruce, not Joe's Pulley Store. So, Harry Burak at Zemco in Pennsylvania made a new set. The exact bearings are no longer available either, so they had to adapt a modern KP4 bearing.

It may look crude, but the bearings were easily installed with two sockets and a vice. One socket matched the ID and one socket fit the race on the other side.

Here is one pulley in place. We installed the aileron control cable guides tonight, which incidentally is part of the seat rail system.

John Gaertner at Blue Swallow Aircraft started fabricating the fuel gauge.

Wow. Beautiful.

More soon. Enjoy



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