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F-86 Saber tail cone repair.

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  • F-86 Saber tail cone repair.


    Several weeks ago, I had to repair the tail cone of a North American F-86 Saber. The lower section was damaged in a take off accident, so I cut the whole lower section off and formed new components out of 321 stainless steel.
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    Once all if the new parts were made, the assembly was re-assembled with spot welding and Monel rivets where needed.
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    Because of the jet engine thrust, pushing thru the tail cone, the lap seems needed to be as tight as possible with significant structure to prevent a "in flight" failure.

    All shaping was done in the Peter Tommasini English wheel and my Pullmax machine. Stainless is a pain to work with, I'm happier working with aluminum.😁😁😁

    Thanks for looking.


  • #2
    Looks great, Bill. Thanks for posting.


    • #3
      Nice panel Bill.... the handbuilt wheel should have handled it ok
      Peter T.


      • #4
        Top job Bill!
        Cheers, Richard


        • #5
          Looks great, makes me ask the question, does the positioning of all seems have a responsibility, to the detriment to engine performance and reliability. Or are you positioning where the original maker intended.
          Cheers Reedy,

          There's nothing as Sweet as a EK V8


          • #6
            Hi, All of the seams are where the factory located them.