“XP-82 Restoration Project”
#44 83887 Progress Report
|Lefthand fuselage going together|
The month of February sure seemed to go by a lot faster than 28 days. The LH fuselage is now safely tucked away in the #1 container with plenty of room to work on it on both sides. I gave the XP-82 project about 20’ of floor-to-ceiling shelving for the container so that we can now read the contents labels on all of the boxes that were double stacked.
The majority of the RH fuselage ribs are now press formed and through hand finish awaiting heat treat. I will not bring any to heat treat in Orlando until all are done to save on the “one or a one hundred parts all the same price” syndrome. All of the guys and girls are putting out parts so good that they are difficult to tell from the originals. Really good work.
|50-ton press pressing a part|
1/4‘‘ x 1‘‘ with a .025 or .032 relief in them for the skins.
Peter Lesche has started on some of our more complex machined parts, and Vic Peres now has two of the four dynafocal engine mount forgings completed -- very complex parts to make.
|Shrinking a rib flange|
The new etch primer we are using (Sterling), tinted to the exact original yellow tone, is a great product with good adhesion, coverage and price, $155 per 2-gallon kit. All of the fuselage parts have been painted using only three gallons total so far.
Employee of the Month
Kleko the cat! What else can one say about her?!
Bumps in the Road
None! I sure like being able to tell you this.
|First parts for the lefthand assembly|
I was able to purchase most of the remaining coolant AN fittings we need, new surplus at an outstanding price of 10% of retail.
This March I will travel to Lutz and Tampa, FL, to pick up the two prop hubs -- new old stock and now yellow tagged at no additional cost to us (Wisler) -- and the canopy frame purchased from Theresa Besseldorf last summer, packed away until she got back from the West Coast.
|Two vertical stabilizers|
We decided to alarm the hangar and container with a direct line to the police station. Now with the diminished value of scrap aluminum, the chance of a break-in for aluminum is remote. The cost is about 60 dollars a month for the alarm and monitoring.