Warbird Information Exchange

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this site are the responsibility of the poster and do not reflect the views of the management.
It is currently Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:45 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Classic Wings Magazine WWII Naval Aviation Research Pacific Luftwaffe Resource Center
When Hollywood Ruled The Skies - Volumes 1 through 4 by Bruce Oriss


Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: T-6 Main Strut Rebuild
PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:58 am 
Offline
2000+ Post Club
2000+ Post Club
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:23 pm
Posts: 2164
Location: Atlanta, GA
I don't have access to any manuals here - is there a procedure in any of the T-6 pubs detailing the rebuild of a main gear strut?

Any nice-to-know tips not covered in the book?

thanks,
Ken

_________________
"Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves."


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:50 am 
Offline
1000+ Posts!
1000+ Posts!
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 18, 2007 12:39 pm
Posts: 1813
Location: Irving, Texas
It's a straight forward repack. If you have access to Parker O-Lube use it mixed with some hydraulic fluid to coat everything. Be careful not to fold the edge of the chevron seals when installing them. Polish any nicks on the chrome strut before reassembling.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:43 pm 
Offline
1000+ Posts!
1000+ Posts!
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 14, 2004 8:41 pm
Posts: 1245
Location: North Texas
Make doubly sure you depressurize it before trying to disassemble it. Same thing with split wheels. There have been numerous people hurt or killed because they didn't take the few seconds to make sure all the pressure had been released first. I've had to remind a few folks at work, that a number of our systems are still pressurized even with the jet shut down.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:25 am 
Offline
3000+ Post Club
3000+ Post Club
User avatar

Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2004 10:18 pm
Posts: 3002
Location: Phoenix, Az
The easiest way to do the struts is to remove the lower leg and put the seals onto the chrome cylinder and slide into place. I use a expanding automotive piston ring compressor over the seals to get them past the threads on the upper strut housing, and a couple of pieces of large PVC pipe to push the seals into place. One piece is a PVC coupling with the ring in the center removed, it should be as close to the strut diameter as possible, the other is a adaptor that is the same size as the strut on one side, and as large as possible on the other to act as a pusher.
something like this for the compressor, you want as long a reach as possible into the strut
http://guide.alibaba.com/shop/4-in-piston-ring-compressor-by-usatnm_36207002.html

something like this for the pusher
http://www.lowes.com/pd_23318-1814-PVC+00102++1000___?productId=3132737&pl=1&Ntt=pvc+pipe+couplings

_________________
Matt Gunsch, A&P, IA, Warbird maint and restorations
Jack, You have Debauched my sloth !!!!!!
We tried voting with the Ballot box, When do we start voting from the Ammo box, and am I allowed only one vote ?
https://www.facebook.com/shoot.the.guns.of.history


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:29 am 
Offline
2000+ Post Club
2000+ Post Club
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:23 pm
Posts: 2164
Location: Atlanta, GA
Mods, my apologies, if you'd please move this to the T-6/SNJ thread.

_________________
"Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves."


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group