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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:55 am 
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Hi all,

I don't post in this section often, but of late things have persuaded me to get off my behind and do something constructive. So I got myself down to Coventry airport to become a volunteer member of the group that look after Avro Shackleton MR2 WR963. I spent a few happy hours in this in 1998 as a teenager, when it was being used as spares for WL790 (now at Pima)

The numbers of people working on the aircraft has started to dwindle, as a lot of the guys there have the enthusiasm, but are well into their retirement years. To say I was given a warm welcome is an understatement; they were overjoyed that someone young was interested in volunteering.

The aircraft was made live a few years ago, and did carry out some taxi runs. The original plan was to have it flying inside four years, but things have started to get a bit more diffficult. The Shackleton is kept outdoors, which in the British weather isn't good for it.... water has got into a lot of areas it shouldn't have, including the fuel system causing a lt of problems with fuel cocks and priming pumps all seizing and burning out. The water is being chased out but it's taking time; this work is ongoing, as is the fitting of a brand new Rolls-Royce Griffon engine in the port inner position. It's hoped to have her running again in March.

I'm not mechanically inept (I restore old cars for fun) but aircraft are a new area for me - I usually dabble in their history and wreckchasing rather than maintaining them. As a result I'm still finding my feet, and I'm going to be coming on here for advice quite a bit! I didn't get chance to take many photos this time around (I'll post what I got when I get home), but I'll try and get some good ones next time.

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The aircraft is very dirty.. which isn't helping it. Theres lots of green goo on it and it's retaining water. I want to clean it off... it's going to have to be by hand for the moment as the engine change means she isn't going anywhere soon. What I need to know is what is safe to use as detergent... I don't want to damage the skin. I was thinking along the lines of a mild automotive shampoo?

More to come as I learn more, and do more...

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Richard


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:26 am 
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Auto soap & a soft scrub brush will work, just avoid the dish soap as it contains salt.

Have a look under the aircraft & see if there is a row of (probably blocked) 1/8in holes along the bottom to drain water... I once poked a bit of safety wire into a hole in the bottom of a P51 rudder & was somewhat alarmed to see at least 3 or 4 gallons of water pour out... :shock:

There are 2 kinds of Simple Green, one that is for aircraft & the other which is corrosive... Once you get it clean, keeping it that way will get easier... altho waxing a Shackleton might take a few days... I think you may need a Costco membership :)

If there aren't any drain holes in the bottom of the fuselage you could always add a few...Just don't use an electric drill.. :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:19 pm 
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Many thanks!

I don't think it will be waxed for a while, just washed regularly as a repaint is on the job list for the coming year. I'll have a look for the drain holes.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:32 pm 
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As a refinish is on the cards I'd scrub the hell out of it as it will save time with prep when it comes time to paint :)

I'll see if I get get a hold of my step bro & rustle up some paint for you, he supplies Ford in the UK so has a bit laying about... not making any promises tho, haven't spoken with him in over 20 years..

At least I found his number so thats a start :)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:29 pm 
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Great to see that you guys are working hard to keep it alive. Can you post any pics?

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