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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Almost there

 While I was out of town attending a family wedding, Ron and Harold Spivey put the Jenny on the scales.


 And here is the result:

With that being accomplished, all the necessary paperwork is now ready for the DAR to inspect the airplane on Thursday.

The last two days was spent doing little things - safety wiring turnbuckles, re-routing the fuel line, putting cotter keys in nuts - it's amazing how time consuming these little things can be.

Some of you have asked for a longer video showing the engine running.  John Gaertner made this video for me.  Click on the link and you will see the Hisso in action.

I got a surprising email the other day.  I heard from Manuel Gradillas who works at the Lackland Airman Museum located on the Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, TX.  They have a Jenny which they plan to restore!

The history of the Jenny is not clearly known, but Manuel is working on it.  Just when you think you have seen all the Jennies, another one appears.  Good!

More soon.  Enjoy


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Successful Engine run

We got the engine to run fine today.  Yes, it was the fuel pump's fault.  Well...kinda.  We had the inlet and outlet hooked up backwards.  I admit it.  My fault. Turn in that A&P license, Brian.

Anyway, once we switched the hoses, the engine ran well.

Tomorrow, I want to check the valve clearances, do a compression check, check the oil screen and check the plugs. 

More soon



Monday, October 14, 2013

First engine run

I'm finally back from my Europe trip (work).  It was a long one, but in my absence, others picked up the slack.  Thanks to Harold Spivey, the fuel leak is fixed.  Thanks to Brian Eberle, the water leak is fixed. 

Last evening, we pulled the airplane out again.  The radiator was filled with water.  Fuel was added to the fuel tank.  Three squirts of prime was put into the pet cocks.  After several blades, this is what happened:

We could only get the engine to run for 15 or twenty seconds.  It seemed like it was running off the prime and then quitting.  Hmmm.  We pumped the wobble pump and confirmed that fuel came out of the fuel line right before the carburetor. But, after several attempts, we could never get the engine to run very long.

Before long, darkness caused us to stop troubleshooting.  Even though the engine didn't run long, I was pleased that it ran at all! I suspect we need to mess with the fuel pump.  But that is for another day.

I would post more videos, but they are pretty big files.  I'd like to edit them.  But my camera takes .mov files and Windows Movie Maker takes everything BUT .mov files.  I tried downloading a converter but all I got was a virus.  Thankfully, AVG caught it.
More soon.  Enjoy

Friday, October 11, 2013

water leak fixed

 In my absence (work), Brian solved the water leak.

He removed the pipe and found the gasket to be dry.  Plus, the nuts were not very tight.  Figuring those two things were the culprit, the gasket was reinstalled and some form-a-gasket applied.

To get to the lower nut, a crow's foot wrench is needed.  No other wrench would work without interfering with the pipe.

That should do the trick.  On to the fuel leak....

John Gaertner sent me these pictures.  A photographic Jenny.  Hey, it gives me ideas.  If I could only find a camera.

More soon, enjoy!


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Dorian Walker Jenny

I'm still busy at work this week, but I had to report something special.  Congratulations to Dorian Walker and his crew.  Their Jenny has taken to the skies!

I hope to have more pictures posted soon of this event.  It is neat to see a project like this take to the skies.  I remember a phone call a few years ago.  "Hi, my name is Dorian Walker.  I bought this Jenny project in Ohio and I have a few questions...."

Those few questions kept coming, some weekly, some daily, and sometimes several times a day over the course of a few years.  Quite frankly, I enjoyed answering every one of them.

Well done Dorian.