Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Not much new to report.  I just flew an eight day trip at work, my parents are in town visiting and next week, I'll be busy making some long overdue changes to my Bucker Jungmann's landing gear.

Once that's done, I'll get back to work on the Jenny. 

I did have a chance to order the 2 inch .063 steel tubes that will be used to make the exhaust system.

My plan is to make an exhaust system like this:

I got the tubing at Woolf Aircraft Products in Romulus, MI.  I like to spread word when I find a good source of something.  Paul Dougherty at the Golden Age Air Museum told me about Woolf Aircraft.  If you need bent tubing, this is the place to shop:

Lastly, John Gaertner's friend Mark found this old Jenny picture.  For your viewing pleasure:

More updates in two weeks or so.  Till then...


Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Wires are soldered

I had to fly for a while (work), so in my absence, Brian Eberle tenaciously plugged away at the flying wires.

The Lone Solderer

Box to be soldered              Bin of completed  


Gone!   All the flying wires are complete.  Now we can hang the wings.

In the mean time, enjoy some pictures sent by Peter Petrov. 

Thanks Peter. 

More soon


Water pump gaskets

I got some gasket material to make the water pump gaskets the other night.


Test fit.

 After putting some form-a-gasket sealant on both sides, the nuts were tightened.

The top gaskets were installed as well.

We put a gallon of gas in the tank to check the lines for leaks.  Brian pumped the wobble pump.....

I removed the fuel line right at the carburetor and sure enough,  fuel flowed freely.

Most of all, the new lines did not leak!

Enough for one night.  Enjoy


Saturday, March 02, 2013

Fuel and water lines



 The copper tee was removed, a new hose made and the intake water jacket line rerouted to the suction side of the pump.  The new 3/8 in line goes from the intake water jacket....

Where it joins to an aluminum line right above the engine bearer.  I did not run the hose all the way to the pump because I had to keep the line away from the oil tank and the aluminum line did this better.

Also last night, I finished the new aluminum line leading from the wobble pump to the firewall.  All it took was a flaring tool and an AN818 and AN819 fitting.

 Here is the new line.

I used a bulkhead fitting with a hose pipe.

The fuel line attaches to the pipe...

...and runs to the fuel pump and then the carburetor.

When I was out of town, Brian Eberly came to the shop and diligently soldered wires.

On the left are the "to be soldered" wires.  On the right are the "soldered" wires.

The left box used to be full and the right box used to be empty.

Soon it will be the other way around!