A project the size and scope of the C119 restoration takes hundreds of smaller sub-projects. Here are some currently being worked on;
The end of one of the elevator's trim tabs had been ripped off. Ollie cleaned up the damage, made new sheet metal parts, and installed them.
Speaking of sheet metal, the elevator needed several openings covered. After cutting a piece to size, Ollie drilled holes into the elevator and inserted rivets.
Ollie's grandson Brandon helps out while Stirlin Harris looks on from the right.
Some openings will be left uncovered until the elevator is remounted on the aircraft, but holes will still be drilled and sheet metal cut so all is ready when the time comes.
This is one of the overhead lights in the Boxcar's cargo area. The original bulb is gone, the socket corroded, and the wire frayed. We had hoped to get them working.
Member Steve Martz came to the rescue. He drove up from Pennsylvania, took some measurements, and came up with a design for all new lights.
What he came up with looks very much like the real thing, but with modern electrical components. Recent tests proved successful, so now a total of fourteen ceiling fixtures similar to this one will be built and installed as soon as the weather allows. There will be two rows of seven lights, controlled by a dimmer switch.
While he was at it, Steve removed some panels to get at the floor lights to see what it would take to get them working also. There are eight lights, four on each side of the aircraft.
- We are still recovering the control surfaces in the 1941 hanger. The last two ailerons are just about finished and the elevator is partially done.
- We met with "The Sign Shop" owner in Mt. Morris to discuss getting some masks/decals made for some of the planes exterior lettering. More on this later.