Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Wire roll on lower cowl

Since the bottom of the lower cowl has a gentle curve to let the air flow through the radiator, a wire edge is needed to stiffen the sheet metal.

So, strike a line and using a hand seamer, bend the edge up about 90 degrees.

Then, clamp the wire in place with some vice grips.

With a block of wood, push down on the wire and bend the edge over a little more.

Then bend the edge over the wire.

Once everything is bent, go back and tap towards the wire. This tucks in the edge and gives you a nice finish.

Here you can see the edge rolling around the wire. at the corner of the block is where I stopped for the photo. You can see the unfinished section to the left and the finished section to the right.

Here is the edge of the cowling from the inside.

And the outside.

More soon.



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