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

Monday, April 30, 2012

More progress

The beads were rolled into the small access door last night.

Also, Brian and Ron stitched a few more ribs.  Only 4 more ribs to go and the entire set of wings will be stitched.


I started burnishing the upper cowl.

And the reinforcing clips were made from some .032 sheet metal.

The curve on the end was rough cut with tin snips.  Smoothing with a file is necessary.

Only had a few hours at the shop.  Hope to get back there later this week.  Til then...enjoy


Monday, April 23, 2012

Upper cowling

Work continued on the upper cowl as the holes were drilled into the firewall.  I was concerned about matching the holes on the upper cowl, so I decided to use a hole duplicator.

Now, I know for $12.95 you can buy a hole duplicator, but I didn't want to hold up progress so I  made one.  Just two straps riveted together on one end and a rivet on the other. Worked great!

The home made duplicator at work!

The front upper cowl is now lined up.  I have not decided yet, but I think brass #6 screws will be used with Tinnerman nuts to secure the cowl.

Lastly, the cowl was removed, the edges filed smooth, holed deburred and the burnishing lines drawn. 

Expect an update by the weekend.



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Upper cowl

Yes, it has been a long time since I got to work on the Jenny! Sorry. Flying a lot at work and I took two days to help my parents move into their new home. Busy...

But, last night was productive. Ron and Brian have the last wing nearly stitched.

John Kuck and I cut out the top cowl.

This is the initial fitting of the cowling. There will be a wire edge put on the engine opening, burnishing, beading...etc.

Still busier then usual this month, but things should return to normal soon. Keep checking. I'll post more as soon as I can.



Wednesday, April 04, 2012


We finished beading the right side cowl which turned out nicely.

So, the side door was beaded next.

It was amazing how rigid the door became when the beads were added.

Here is how the door beads match the cowling.

Beading seems like a simple task, right? Just crank away and make the line. Takes about five minutes to bead a cowl. Well...not really.

Each practice pieces was used to get the jig set up for the proper edge depth and squareness. For example, the front bead was 1 in. from the edge but the bottom bead was 9/16 in. from the edge. Each bead was different so you couldn't just set the depth and bead around the entire cowl perimeter.

Speaking of the jig - John Kuck suggested that we take our guide block and add "legs" to it. That way, we could slide the jig to the proper depth and clamp it to the table.

This made beading much more pleasurable.

More soon