2015 already … how did THAT happen?
Does it seem to anyone else that time is speeding up and flying by faster and faster every year?
We have a very busy year ahead of us.
The goal is for John to get the Spirit fuselage off to the sandblaster in the next few weeks.
While she is gone, John will be working on completing the second fuel tank that sits just forward of the main fuel tank he completed this past summer.
He is also working on building the fuel tank that sits just ahead of that second fuel tank … both of them inside the motor mount!
In the meantime, John has been plugging away at getting the ‘internals’ of the Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine all ready to go.
So far he has had to remove the heads off all nine cylinders in order to get at the valve seats.
He has removed all of the worn valve seats …
made new replacement valve seats and …
using liquid nitrogen, inserted all of the new valve seats in the cylinder heads …
Then put all the heads back on the cylinder barrels once more.
We’ve had three magnetos (2 to power the aircraft, and 1 spare) rebuilt by Savage Magneto in Hayward, CA.
We also sent the carburetor out to get rebuilt and now have it back on the shelf ready to be installed.
Although it may seem as though there is no progress being made on our Spirit of St. Louis because I’m so far behind with getting photographs posted … we really ARE making great progress.
Stay tuned …. more to come …………….