Thursday, March 8, 2012

Flying Wires

One of the first projects after getting it home was to evaluate the condition of the flying wires. I counted them up and it appeared that they were all there. However it looked like they had been stored against a piece of steel that had rusted. They were all dirty and rust colored, I was lucky that someone had converted to stainless steel MacWhite wires so I figured they would clean up OK. Here are a few shots of the wires as received.

I was a little worried about these and how they would clean up. There are a lot of wires on a Jungmann and some of them are of unusual configuration with extra long threaded sections . I would guess these would be close to $4000  to replace today. None of the threaded ends appeared to be damaged and the AN 665 terminals though a little rusty came off easy.

I used this method to clean these up. I took a piece of 2 inch PVC pipe the length of the longest wire, and I capped one end. I inserted the wires without the end fittings then filled the tube with carburetor cleaner. I let them soak about 30 minutes, removed them and scrubbed them down with the finest scotch brite pad available. I really did not need to scrub much as the stain came right off. I then used a soft brass brush on the threads and finished with a through fresh water wash. Here you can just see the tube and my wash rack.

They came out fantastic, they look brand new.

You can see the unusual wires at the bottom with the round section and a streamline section. Looks like a special order from Bruntons !

I'm not sure if these are tail wires or the aileron interconnect wires, you can see the long threaded section on the top two. Here is a shot of the wash rack.

I let these dry over night then I sprayed and wiped them down with LPS2 . I grouped them by size and stored them in cheap pvc pipe so I do not have to clean these again. I am still searching for all the end fittings and trying to figure out what has been drilled out English and what's still metric.
Overall the wires are in fantastic shape , with no nicks, pitting or damage. With a light polish after installation, they will look fantastic.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Jungmeister Panel

One disappointment with the Jungmann project was the lack of original instruments. It had an original Spanish compass but everything else was either missing or had been replaced with American equivalents.
I watch Ebay pretty close and over the years had managed to pick up a few original Spanish and German instruments. I had an original mag switch, a couple altimeters, and a couple compasses. There is one guy out in LA that sells a lot of German instruments on Ebay but his prices were out of my league. Last week I came across this Jungmeister panel in the collectibles section of Ebay.
 It was easy to tell that the panel was not from an original Jungmeister because it was cut from 1/8 thick aluminum. They would never use something that heavy in an original Bucker! Since the ranges of the gauges pretty closely matched the performance of the Jungmann I decided  to throw in a sniper bid of $100 per instrument. I won the auction by just 10 dollars. I told the seller I would drive up with cash to eliminate the shipping problems and risk. He was just west of DC in Maryland.
After some evaluation I could not be more pleased with this purchase. they are all in excellent condition except for the broken ear on the rate of climb, and the sensitive altimeter does not work.
They all have manufacture dates from 35-41 and are all original German gauges. They will look great in the Jungmann or will be great trading stock for original Spanish instruments or the missing German ones. I found the great web site with information on German instruments.

Here are a few shots of the individual instruments. This FuhrerKompas is my favorite.

  Yes, the card is in there, the fluid is just cloudy.

There are two altimeters , one goes from 0-1 KM in tenths and the other from 0-8 KM. Here's the 0-1 gauge, this one does not work and the adjustment knob is missing.

Here's the back, looks like 1937 to me.

Here's the other non-sensitive altimeter, it works good.

Here's the back

The one gauge I could not figure out was the rotary switch on the right side. I could not make out the words on the Ebay ad. After getting it home with the help of Google translate it says "sensitivity" and  "turn indicator". It is a 8 position valve that must vary the suction input to the Turn and Bank indicator.

Check out this steel ball turn and bank.

Super sweet !

The 0-400 KM/hr airspeed works great.

The tach has the worst face, and the range will be too low for my Lycoming installation.

Here is the rate of climb gauge. This is the really old style like the early Pioneers that used a Thermos jug for a reference pressure. They really do not work very well. I have the tank, a Thermos Model 4 with a fitting soldered into the cap! The mounting ear is broken but gauge operation should not be effected.

Overall I think I did pretty good for the money. BC says these will ad real class to the Jungmann.

Pickup Complete

With the Jungmann safely in the truck, I got a good night's sleep at the Ramada Inn in Florence , Ky.
The rain had moved out overnight, so after a good breakfast I put it in the wind for home. Here we are at the morning load check before hitting the AA highway.

It was a great morning for traveling because the high overcast blocked the morning sun. After lunch in Grayson , KY I got on I64 for the trip through the Appalachians. I was stopping about every 100 miles now because the truck was killing me with no cruse control !

I was just happy to get through the mountains without any real weather issues. The West Virginia TP can get real dicey in the snow. I pulled into the Virginia Welcome Center late afternoon, just 250 miles from home!

20 miles into VA the clouds parted and the sun came out making for a beautiful evening drive.

This grass strip and two Luscombe's are just west of Lexington along I64.

I hit Afton mountain right at sunset, 100 miles from home and it's all downhill from here!

I had budgeted $1500 for the pickup trip and I used it all. I put 633.9 miles on the car and burned 26.737 gal for 23.709 mpg. I drove a total of 1,485 miles in the truck and burned 123.051gal for 12.07 mpg.   That's a trip total of 2,118.9 miles in four days burning 149.788 gals. The trip total cost including fuel, food, hotels, snacks, coffee, car and truck rental and tolls was $1,541.76. It was a great adventure.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Andy Anderson

The next morning dawned clear and cool.  After breakfast I followed the directions to Mr. Anderson's farm where the Jungmann was stored.  Eric and Dennis Anderson and Greg Heckman were there waiting. I took a quick look at the project and it appeared to be as advertised so we adjourned to the house to do business. I was still nervous that they would change their minds but everything went smooth and we headed back to the utility building to begin loading. Greg was under a time constraint so I did not take many pictures during loading. The fuselage went in first and fit just perfect in the 16 ft truck, we loaded the engine next. With these secure, the three wings were hung on the sides and all the remaining parts were wrapped in blankets and stored on the floor. I was glad I had brought my coveralls because it was quite cold until I got working. Here is the truck in position to load.

Here is Greg and Andy Anderson. I believe Andy imported the airplane from Spain in the 70's.

Andy's brother Dennis owned the other half, he's on the left.

They had managed to find most of the pieces of the airplane and had them near the door. I tried to take inventory as we loaded but not being familiar with the design made it difficult. We loaded parts for about 2 hours and the truck was almost full, it took some packing to get it all in.
Here are some shots.

Suspending the wings from the wall tie downs really cushions the ride. The parts on the floor hardly even move during the trip, and I hit some real bumps!\
I was so happy that only one lower wing panel had been disassembled, it makes the puzzle so much easier when you have a pattern. All the wings need rebuilding to some extent. Everything is covered with a layer of Midwestern farm dust, you can see it on the back of the spars. I counted all the big pieces as they went in the truck and it appears that most of it is there.
I had wanted a Jungmann ever since I saw the brochure from Jose Martin selling them for $4000 in the crate from Spain, maybe 1978?
With the loading complete I said my goodbyes and pointed the truck back toward Cincinnati. With the 30 knot tailwind the ride was much more enjoyable.
I stopped at my favorite Mexican place just west of Indianapolis and rolled into the Ramada Inn parking lot about 10 PM.
A long but very pleasant day.

Road Trip !

I immediately started planning the road trip to pick up the Jungmann. With the short notice help was in short supply. The owners offered to help load so I was looking at a solo trip. I broke the trip into quarters. Road trip to Cincinnati, truck to Chicago, truck to Cincinnati, then truck home. That made for 500 mile days which is about my limit. I had to carefully watch the weather since it was late fall and I wanted to complete the pickup before it snowed.
The trip started with a National one way rental from Newport News airport to Cincinnati airport. The Penske Truck rental place is right by the airport. I had a beautiful drive through the mountains and had no real problems. Of course it started raining about 2 hrs out of CVG .

The little minivan was comfortable and gave no problems. The totals for the day , 633.9 miles, 26.737 gal.

After a restful nights sleep at the beautiful Ramada Inn in Florence, Ky, I headed over to Penske to pick up the rental truck. Of course the truck was not ready, I had called numerous times to confirm last week and the day before, Oh well. It worked out good because they offered to pick me up at the airport after I dropped off the rental car. Since this is Cincinnati of course it was raining and miserable!

When we got back they had my 16 footer ready to go and I hit the road just a little behind schedule.

I hit the road for Dixon, IL , unfortunately I was running parallel to a front and it rained the entire trip. the worst part was the constant 20-30 kt headwind that increased the wind noise dramatically. I pulled into the Super 8 Hotel in Dixon about 7 PM for some much needed rest. The total for the day was 461.5 miles, 39.917 gallons. I never thought a Super 8 could look so good!

Here are a couple shots from the weather channel showing the weather. The forecast is for sunny and 65 tomorrow, with a strong tailwind.

The wind was brutal.

The Jungmann is only 20 miles away ! The plan is to meet and load tomorrow at 09:30.