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Restoring A P-40  
User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6835 posts, RR: 6
Posted (6 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3367 times:

Thanks to Tom Moungovan for this--

"Schellville Airport (AKA Sonoma Valley Airport) near Sears Point Raceway has a number of rare & unusual flying machines. One of these is a Curtiss P-40N that has been undergoing restoration for 7 years now. All the owner originally had to work with was a bare damaged fuselage & 4 ft. of one wing. He fabricated the rest on his own.
Yesterday afternoon at about 2PM, the aircraft was towed out of its hangar and at 2:20PM, the V-12 Allison engine run for the first time with owner/restorer Chris Prevost in the cockpit. It was near 100 degrees F, but the engine fired right off & was ran for about 5 minutes."

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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3293 times:

Fabricated the remainder of the partial wing and fabricated the complete wing on the other side? Can you briefly explain how he did that? Where did he find jigs, drawings, proper grade of aluminum or aluminum alloy, etc.? That's one heck of a project; almost like starting with doggone near nothing and finishing with a factory fresh end result. Did he do this by himself or was there a team to help him out? He'd need some real experts there.


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User currently offlineFVTu134 From Russia, joined Aug 2005, 173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3230 times:

That is how it is done these days... The "wrecks" that still exist are all completed using newly manufactured parts from original factory blueprints. These days you could build a completely new airplane from scratch and some of the warbirds flying have more then 80% newbuilt parts.
Theoretically you could start from just a data plate.
But whereas aluminium and steel are available without difficulty, the bottleneck in keeping these birds flying are the engines. A Merlin engine typically has a 300 hr TBO and every bird that goes in scraps a an engine from the list. There are no newbuilt engines.

While the RR Merlins (or packards) that were used in Spitfires, Mustangs, etc... are scarce, the Allisons that were used in the P-40's are a bit easier. Sadly (from an aviation enthousiast point of view) many of them are also used in powerboat racing, dragsters, truck racing, etc....
just draining the supply of parts and engines for these birds to keep flying.

Just my  twocents 



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12146 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3225 times:

Isn't there a former AVG (Flying Tigers) P-40B that was found in a lake in China a few years ago now undergoing restoration?

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3217 times:



Quoting FVTu134 (Reply 2):
There are no newbuilt engines.

I understand that there are quite a number of parts for the merlin that are PMA/STC's by Rouch Industries, including complete cylinder heads. I don't know if they are going to take the next step and start building new plants but it would be a logical step considering their involvment in all forms of racing.

As noted Merlis are very popular in tractor pulling rigs and hydroplane racing.

Quoting FVTu134 (Reply 2):
Theoretically you could start from just a data plate.

No theory to that at all. I think there are several super cubs here that don't have any original Lock Haven parts save the data plate.



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User currently offlineStudedave From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3195 times:



Quoting L-188 (Reply 4):
it would be a logical step considering their involvment in all forms of racing.

And the fact that the owner of the company (Jack Roush) owns a P-51 or two...

Those parts would sure come in handy when he needs them for his own birds!!!



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