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

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Engine has arrived

On Thursday, John Gaertner from Blue Swallow Aircraft drove to Williamson, GA to deliver the rebuilt engine. We wasted no time putting it back in the Jenny.

Then came time to hook up all the lines - water, fuel, oil, etc.

After working from noon until dark, we decided to call it a day.  

Friday afternoon was more of the same - hooked up the throttle, mixture, temperature and pressure lines.

 By 6PM, it was time to take Jenny out into the sunlight.

Success !!  It started right away.  Ran smoothly.

We have two little oil leaks to track down but once we do, the Jenny will back back in the air.  



Sunday, June 21, 2015

Valve timimg

Both upper camshafts were timed yesterday.

 In the Hisso manual, there is a timing diagram that is used to time the cams.  The diagram was enlarged and mounted on a piece of aluminum. 

More soon.  Enjoy


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Engine progress

More progress from yesterday.



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

More good news.  All the babbitt bearings have been poured and machined.

Here are the bearings inserted into their races.

Meanwhile, the crankshaft gets the connecting rods installed.

The two halves are given a sealant.

And the crankshaft is lowered into place.

The bottom case half is installed and the perimeter bolts tightened.

Tomorrow, the cylinder banks will be installed.

We are getting closer to completion!