I've been travelling a lot (road trip around the country), air shows (flying rides in the beech) and working on customers aircraft a lot so the Harpoon updates have taken a back seat.
A cool part of the road trip was to make a couple of stops on the way to find some cool PV-2 bits.
One stop provided the opportunity to help make the intercom system more complete. I was able to retrieve the crew jack boxes from inside a C-117 from the bone yard. It was 100 plus degrees outside and a bit more inside but this old gal gave up some parts to help out a fellow Navy bird.
Those little elusive jack boxes are pretty rough but are sure better than nothing. They will need a full restoration and re screening to get the original printing back on top of the wrinkle finish.
This one was on the aft bulkhead
This one was at the nav table
Pretty rough but beggars can't be choosers
There is a data plate under the Arizona crust...somewhere...
An hour and a half and few gallons of sweat later I had a pile of jack boxes and other goodies for the PV-2 like this box that will yield the connector and cap on a chain for one of the many electrical suit outlets throughout the plane
So a few days later I make a stop at a wonderful Wixer's place to scrounge up some more parts and what do I come across?
The same crew station boxes in ever so slightly better condition. Okay, so I was pretty darn excited to loose a few pounds in the sweat box of an old Navy C-117 and unbolt crusty jack boxes so imagine how I felt when I came across these beauties. No need to chisel away Arizona alkali when the data plates are a little nicer
Check out the cool Navy stamps on the bottom and a few were complete with the oxygen mask mic cords
Needless to say I wanted to give our beloved WIXer a big wet sloppy kiss for the recent discovery but that would likely just raise the price, cause worrisome talk on WIX or worse; get me booted out of his awesome hangar
Gee, which ones should I use?
And the jack boxes were not the only score. Check this out.
In the radio and radar collecting circles the proper shock mounts are usually harder to come by than the black boxes. Later in the war they started to standardize the sizes of radio and radar components and their mounts. Fortunately the main receiver and power unit boxes for our APS-3 radar were standard sized so I was able to use shock mounts that fit but came from other systems. The idea is that should I come across the correct parts in the future it will be a simple process to exchange them.
Well guess what our fellow WIXer had stuffed in a box up on a shelf?
Yeeeee Haaaawwww!!! A matching pair of genuine Philco made APS-3 shock mounts!! This day just keeps on getting better
Cool grounding inside the shock mounts and nice stamps
Just before I left on this road trip one of my last projects was to install the radar modulator. Its that big brute of a piece with cooling fins. Just scroll up to my last post. The APS-3 modulator used a very non standard shock mount so I had to fabricate one by cutting down a larger rack. It was stainless steel and a general pain in the back side of a project.
So I install the modulator and I am all giddy to have another part of the radar in place to help clutter up the cabin. Well not a week or so later I am riding a high at a hangar full of really cool parts and what jumps out at me and says take me home? None other than the correct shock mount for the modulator also made by Philco
To say I had a good day is a gross understatement. Thank you fellow WIXer for one amazing day and thanks from the Harpoon for helping make her more complete.
One part at a time, slow but sure, she is getting there.
Next project is installing avionics
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