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Old 02-07-2008, 01:35 PM   #1
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Make History with an R4360 restoration

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I'm involved with this very cool museum called the Penngrove Power & Implement Museum. We're acquiring an R4360 from the Hughes' Hercules H-4 (Spruce Goose) cache o' goodies.




This is a fun project that I'd like to invite you to participate in. If you're interested read more about it in the Vendor section - because I wouldn't want to sully Jo Momma's good name for being a basement full of FF's stirrin' it up.
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Old 02-07-2008, 01:50 PM   #2
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I WANT one. I don't know what I'd mount it on but I bet it would fuckin' scream after I got her bolted in
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:22 PM   #3
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Neat stuff! I forwarded you vendors post to a buddy of mine who is an old A&P (and pilot) with a a lot of radial experience... I'm sure he will know somebody that can help with this.
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:30 PM   #4
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cool...

you'll need some of these for your wasp major.

http://www.esscoaircraft.com/Pratt_W...ies_s/7428.htm
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:34 PM   #5
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Engines: The R4360 Pratt & Whitney engines are 3,000 horsepower each-the largest piston-driven engines for aircraft in production. Each engine has 28 cylinders, with two spark plugs each, totaling 56 spark plugs per engine, or 448 spark plugs per aircraft. For in-flight inspection and repair, the engines are accessible through the spar of the 13-foot thick wing. A Sight station located behind each engine allows an engineer to monitor for leaks, and to change generators and fuel pumps.

Cool stuff there.
quoted from: http://www.aero.com/museums/evergreen/evergrn.htm
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:56 PM   #6
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you'll need some of these for your wasp major.

http://www.esscoaircraft.com/Pratt_W...ies_s/7428.htm
Yep, we want to get some manuals, but we're being cautious because there are variations in production. We don't want to end up with the wrong documentation.

It's going to be a nice education (I'll be posting reports) as there aren't that many of them still in operation. Only about 16,000 were manufactured and a very few still in existence.

Thanks for ya'lls comments!
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:07 AM   #7
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OK....once that thing is running, I think you should mount it on top of a truck
bed (I'm picturing the Oscar Mayer wiener truck), and get that thing on the
road!



You could roll into Antique Motorcycle swap meets and steel the show....
Not to mention the Oshkosh air show!

Personally, I would love to see it rolling down Park Avenue!
Fire it up at every stop light.
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:16 AM   #8
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OK....once that thing is running, I think you should mount it on top of a truck
bed .

Personally, I would love to see it rolling down Park Avenue!
Fire it up at every stop light.
Thanks for the donation. As for the suggestion, well:

Yer a sick man, Girard. But keep comin' back.


Hmm. Maybe VW - just slightly stretched and modified?
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:24 PM   #9
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Now all you need is someone to step up and donate a spare Sea Fury. That there'd be a project!

Only 7 months until Reno....................
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:01 AM   #10
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BillyGS was the first to donate - and he came to visit today from Stockton - about 2.5 hours - if there's no traffic.


He got a tour of the museum too:

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Old 02-10-2008, 05:51 PM   #11
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It was great to see that huge engine up close. It is a wonderfull cause. I am very happy I went. Thanks for showing me around Nixels. Next time I will bring my herd.


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Old 02-10-2008, 05:56 PM   #12
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Next time I will bring my herd.


Bill
You're a goat tender?

Good to meet you, Bill - sorry we couldn't stick around longer, maybe next time you're around.
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:54 PM   #13
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When I saw the Goose, there was a note on the Corncob on display that this engine was noted for it's ability to be shut down in perfect operating condition and then a hour later, be unstartable. Not amusing if true.

Working on those damn things must be like repairing a swiss watch, if a swiss watch was blown up to the same size.

After you get this running, you will understand why the Turbine engines caught on so fast.

But the sound, oh the sweet sound they make. I have a recording of Rare Bear at Reno when RB is the only plane on the course - it's a DAT based recording and the sound of this ting coming down the back side then down the flight line was awsome.
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:16 PM   #14
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Hey Manuel, Rare Bear has a Wright R3350, two rows of nine cylinders each. It has the largest displacement cylinders of any aircraft engine at 186 cubic inches each.

I was talking to a mechanic at UAL whose seniority dated back to the recip years and he said they were lucky to get 900 hours on the wing for a Wasp Major on the Stratocruiser. Compare this to an easy 15000 hours for the PW4056 on a 747-400.
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:22 PM   #15
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My family and I did a trip to Northern Oregon to see the Spruce Goose. Absolutely amazing.....one of the most amzing things you will ever see in person.

Good luck!
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