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

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fuel pump and oil pressure line

We had a pretty productive couple of days lately.   The water pump was installed, the bolts tightened and everything lubricated.  Plus, the water temp pickup and hose reducer was welded.

Then the oil pressure gauge was hooked up.

The copper tube was given a loop to help absorb any vibration.  Copper tube is soft, but there have been instances of cracking and I have no desire to spring a leak in an oil line!

The copper tube was secured along the bottom of the upper longeron.  The other line is the oil temperature bulb.

The oil temperature line was longer than needed, so the excess was coiled up here.

This is the oil pressure pickup.  Again, I was worried about vibration on the copper line so I put a length of hose from the firewall to the pickup.

The fuel pump was installed too.  The gear was given a generous coat of Lubriplate grease and the bolts tightened.  This shows the inlet fitting.  The fuel hose will come from the firewall to here.

This is the other side of the pump.  The fuel line will go from this fitting to the carburetor.

During this time, I got a visit from my friend Ken Gulliford.  He and his son Ron spent a  lovely couple of hours at the shop.  Ken built a beautiful scale model of a Jenny several years ago and he flies it regularly near his home in Charleston, South Carolina. 

In the mail, I received a CD from aviation archeologist David Trojan.  It was filled with stories and pictures from his research on Payne Field, Mississippi. Over time, I hope to share most of them with you here.  Believe me, they are interesting.

To start, I chose this picture of a "typical flying officer" at Payne Field.

You gotta love the warning on the side of the Jenny!

I thought this one was neat too.   Notice the Jenny has no windshields.  It is a Hisso Jenny and it looks like it has mounting brackets for a machine gun in front of the front cockpit.  I bet the structure on the side is an ammunition chute.  It also has a long exhaust.

Of course, being a training base, there were a lot of crash photos.   This aviator looks pretty happy to have survived.

 This one was part of the collection, although not part of Payne Field.  I bet the cat on the radiator got a big surprise when that guy swung the propeller!

This one shows the repair shop. I like the Jenny on the left, and the wing struts hanging on the wall, but I also like the rotary powered Avro 504 on the right.

I sure wish this was my hangar.

Anyway, Dave sent me lots more pictures and stories.  That's enough for one night.

More soon.  Enjoy


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Baggage door

OK, three more wires were soldered today.  That's six ends.  I won't bore you with those pictures, so here is something else we completed today. 

The baggage door is now installed.


It's not very big, but I guess they didn't have much to carry back in 1917.

More soon. Enjoy!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tail wires

It had been a long time since these brackets have been installed on the elevators!  The tail was the first thing I built back in 2006 when we started this project.  Hopefully now, the brackets are installed for good.

Each bracket has a turnbuckle and a wire.

Good progress for a short morning.

After a trip to the dentist, I got a call from two old friends.  They were in Atlanta on business and wanted to see how the Jenny was progressing.  So, we met at the hangar and talked about old times.

Dave Gurkin (L) and Larry Romanic (R)

Dave and Larry were Captains at Allegheny Commuter Airlines when I was a fresh co-pilot out of college.  They put up with me and my youthful enthusiasm and we flew together several times until I left to fly for TWA.  It was good to see them again.  Currently, they are flying a King Air 350 in my beloved state of Pennsylvania.

 Also more news from Bowling Green, KY.  Dorian Walker's Jenny now has a tail too....

 ...and two new lower wings.

More soon.  Enjoy


Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Piece by piece, the tail of the Jenny is coming together.....

It may not seem like much progress, but there are a lot of bolts to torque, nuts to cotter and turnbuckles to safety.  We're getting there!

When I got tired of working on the tail, I took a few minutes to play around with various paint scheme combinations.  I wanted to see what the "Browers Pound Cake Cones" logo looked like on the side of the fuselage.

Now, both Ron and my wife thought the Brower's paint scheme looked too...well...too much like a big billboard.  They liked the logo created by our local sign guy better:

So, I put that on the other side.

 Further down the fuselage, I was thinking :

What do you think?  We still have not made up our minds yet.  Soon though.....

I'm happy to report that Dorian Walker rolled his Jenny out of the paint shop last week. He and his crew are making good progress.

Lastly, aviation archeologist David Trojan sent me two articles he had written that you might find interesting. If you like Jennies, and find Charles Lindbergh as fascinating as I do, then click on each page and read on!