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

Friday, May 03, 2013


I'd like to start out with a cool old Jenny picture. I think I would have liked to have been a barnstormer back then.

The picture was sent to me by Joe Baker.  His grandfather was Ray Baker, the pilot you see in the picture.  Joe believes the picture was taken at Packard Field, Detroit, in 1926.  Thanks for sharing Joe!

I've been flying all week, so in my absence, Brian Eberle finished fitting the exhaust.

When you weld the flanges on the exhaust tubing, the weld material sometimes gets in the way of the nuts. You can see that in the picture here. Right now, it is impossible to get the nut on the stud.

 So, the weld area is ground down to make room.  You need to take enough material off to allow room for the nut but also allow enough material to keep the weld strong

The tube also had to be massaged a little bit to allow the nut to get started.

Here is another view.

 A little smoothing with a hand file and the exhaust is now ready for its ceramic coating.

Lastly, Do you remember that nifty tool we used during the covering phase of the Jenny?  The one that cut the pinked edges of the tapes so nicely?  The tool that was so hard to find?  Well, I got an email that may interest you.

Hi Brian,
I stumbled across your blog while doing a google search on articles about the Florian Rotary Pinker. We are the new manufacturers of the Pinker. Overall Manufacturing acquired the machinery and rights in Nov 2012 and moved the entire operation to Oregon.
Just thought you might like to know if someone else asks about these or if you need a pair.
We also will refurbish the old units if needed.
Lynda Elaine
Florian Rotary Pinkers
53690 Airport Rd
Scappoose, OR 97056
Phone:503 543 6330

More soon




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