Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Aileron brace wires

On the way home from work, I stopped by MSC to get some .100 piano wire for the aileron brace wires.

The first step is to put the wire in the bending tool...

...and pull the handle. I love this machine and it sure saved me a lot of work over the years.

Then the ferrule is pulled up.

And the end bent over and cut off.

Here are the first two wires - top and bottom.

All the wires join at the aileron horn shackle.

The left aileron wires are finished.

Unfortunately, MSC only had one spool of piano wire. The second spook (for the right aileron) is on back order. Should be here in a few days.

We had a few visitors this week. Larry and Vic Grondzki came by the hangar to see the Jenny. They own a beautiful Tigre powered Bucker Jungmann and we have been friends for many years. Dummy me forgot the camera to record their visit.

Ross Oetjen and family flew to Atlanta in his Cherokee 180. While his kids and ours went to the swimming pool, Ross and I ran to the hangar to get a peek at the Jenny.

Ross and I flew together at USAir and he now works for Gulfstream as a G550 Demo pilot.

Patricia Mintari e-mailed me pictures of their Jenny project. As you can see, they are inching closer and closer to completion.

Here is a smiling Phil Mintari pointing to the newly made Jenny roundel.

I liked this photo.

More soon. Enjoy


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Still working on it

No, I have not forgotten about the Jenny. I went to Europe for a few days (work), Brian Eberle was off flying a Pitts for a few days (fun) and Ron was busy with several things here in Atlanta.

But, we managed to get a few more wires built before running out of shackles. I went to get some more today from Aircraft Spruce but they were out! So, I got to find another source so we can continue.

I'm not going to bore you with pictures of flying wires.

However, at the Bucker fly-in last weekend, I met the Rutten brothers from outside of Tallahassee Florida. The told me that their father soloed a Jenny back in 1927. I asked if they had any pictures. Here is what they sent:

Looks like an OX-5 powered Canuck. I love seeing previously unpublished photos. Makes me want to step back in time and be there.

More soon...I promise.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Sixteen more wires to go.

To keep things interesting, I measured and drilled the aileron horn mounting holes.

Once I get the bolts, the horns will be installed like this.

Because of the stagger of the two wings, the strut hold down plates have certain angles to the tabs. For example, the front upper struts have a steep angle on the tab holding the inter connect wires. The front lower plates have a shallower angle.

Since I didn't have a complete set of plates, we had to change the angle of a lower plate to fit the upper wing. Here you can see the an upper plate on the far side and a lower plate in the foreground. We need to increase the angle of the first plate.

Out came the torch. After some gentle heating, the tab was pulled down to match the template.

Here is the upper plate installed with the new angle. Notice how the shackle and wire line up with the tab.

A couple of the other plates needed adjustment too. We finished most of them last night.

Got more wires to build tomorrow. Till then...



Tuesday, May 03, 2011

More wires

Just an update - I haven't forgot about the blog!

Things have been busy at work and all we have been doing at the hangar is wrapping wires.

The flying and landing wires on the left side are nearly done.

We'll keep wrapping!