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1948 Meteor Restoration 05 Jan 2022 19:28 #116750

No I can't believe it's been that long. I can believe the F-35 landed gear up. That and the junk F-22 that has been cancelled after 25 yrs in development,, A huge waste of money and lives.. The 35 continues to kill pilots because the mal engineered O2 generation system is allowing gas path contaminates to enter the 02 system.  The F-22 was a victim of trying to keep pace with software development..Buy the time it caught up and required major airframe modifications to help stabilize the aircraft it was too late. So the Eagle has been upgraded to a new modernized version. Still dominating the skies 50 yrs later. A proven weapon system at 103-0 kill ratio.
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1948 Meteor Restoration 05 Jan 2022 17:54 #116749

Hey Mark,
Can you believe it has been eight years since I was bugging you with questions about the Flyer? 
I had sort of planned on the same approach you sketched out, that row of rivets between the 4 & 5 arrow is the edge of a sheet on the inside that spans the middle seam all the way to the transom, this one is not a single sheet like all the other Feather Crafts I have worked on, that narrow sheet on the outside bottom also spans the center seam all the way to the transom.  
By the way, did you see where a F35 was landed wheels up?
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1948 Meteor Restoration 05 Jan 2022 08:04 #116746

With the bow unzipped the damage doesn't look too bad. I don't see much stretching at all. Not really creased either. Stringers look fine. The key is at that one depression.  Pull up a stool and stare at that one awhile. Rubber and rawhide first. If I can convince Teonia to visit her parents in Burlington,,I could bring JR's flyer give it a tow down,,,Grab my Moanin chair and help ya massage it for a few days.  Maybe start at 1,2 and 3 to get a good reference point for deck height ? Working 4 should raise that stringer to help relieve 5 ?  That is a pretty darn good photo to work off of. Just a thought.  Are those #6 brazier heads on the seam ? Bring out the 4x...

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1948 Meteor Restoration 05 Jan 2022 00:49 #116738

Sounds like a plan just let me know I will be ready 
Charlie 

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1948 Meteor Restoration 05 Jan 2022 00:46 #116737

Yes be careful Ray, dartboard, beer fridge and cot, I believe Liza will be handing you adoption papers in no time, and dont forget Charlie can eat up his weight in groceries, there goes any profits, if there was even any to begin with, lol
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1948 Meteor Restoration 05 Jan 2022 00:19 #116736

Ray you should hang a dart board up for charlie, keep'em off the streets keep him in the shop.lol!







If I had a dart board I would never get the Meteor done. ;-)
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1948 Meteor Restoration 04 Jan 2022 23:40 #116735

Ray you should hang a dart board up for charlie, keep'em off the streets keep him in the shop.lol!
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jump in a boat and go
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1948 Meteor Restoration 04 Jan 2022 19:20 #116733

Ray I'm on day shift for the next 3 months I could pull some 2nd shift work on it if need be it will keep me out of trouble working day shift gives me to much time on my hands
Charlie 






Hey Charlie, I can probably help keep you out of trouble, it looks like they will finish the work on the garage by the end of the week, we'll have more room then!
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1948 Meteor Restoration 04 Jan 2022 19:17 #116732

Mark,
I will start out working it cold but I'm sure I will end up annealing it before I'm done, and I will have to use heat to shrink it an a few places, it's going to be stretched too much in some places.
On the first one of these I rebuilt I had an area that I couldn't get to cooperate, and I was leaning on Mark Logan (Eagle127) for guidance as I had a ton of steel fab experience but very little with Aluminum. Mark told me I wasn't going to ever get it if I didn't put the heat to it and he was right. 
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1948 Meteor Restoration 04 Jan 2022 19:06 #116731

Ray I'm on day shift for the next 3 months I could pull some 2nd shift work on it if need be it will keep me out of trouble working day shift gives me to much time on my hands
Charlie 
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