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Thread: G-AGPG (Aggie Paggie) Port Engine Restoration / TX226 port undercarriage

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    Thumbs up G-AGPG (Aggie Paggie) Port Engine Restoration / TX226 port undercarriage

    Hello all,
    I haven't updated the forum for some time on the restoration progress of my project, I've been too busy in the workshop.

    Since my last post I have married the engine to the port undercarriage of TX226, and the whole exhibit is now a complete port engine / undercarriage assembly and services as installed on G-AGPG during its time on the port wing.

    I am very pleased to say that the engine ran for the first time on the 12th June at 16:00 hrs. I believe that is the first time it will have run in approx. 48 years.

    Just one or two minor mods to do, better if the rev counter runs in the right direction.

    The first public outing will be at the Avro Heritage Trust Air Fair on the 7 and 8th July.

    This was an important target for me as Woodford was the home of G-AGPG for many years and where better to have the first public running display.

    Be careful if you come to Woodford and ask questions, there is six years of project to discuss and you my have to come back for the second day.

    This is a good time to thank the many people who have helped and shown great interest in the project. I have made many new friends and contacts within the Historic Aviation community through this project and without exception they have been helpful and supportive.

    I will leave the pictures and the video and pictures to do the talking, providing of course I can upload them, success see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvcQ...ature=youtu.be
    https://youtu.be/SmNcNYoNOeQhttps://...ature=youtu.be

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbF...ature=youtu.be

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbF...ature=youtu.be
    Last edited by G-AGPGPORT; 14th June 2018 at 15:33.

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    Superb work - well done sir!

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    What type of aircraft is it?

    The original post doesn't specify it.
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    An Avro Anson I think!
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    Superb work - Aggie lives!
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    Hi, sorry for the omission Avro Anson c19 G-AGPG - google for more info. Thanks

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    That's brilliant! Great idea to have the undercarriage included in the installation, I don't think I've seen that before. Well done!
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    Do bear in mind that the 'donor' of the engine nacelle, engine bearings and undercarriage is Avro 19 TX226 whose move into restoration was being hailed as an exciting development just a few weeks ago on this form.

    https://forum.keypublishing.com/show...or-Anson-TX226

    Montrose Museum are somehow going to have work around the absence of these components and hopefully the integrity of the vital wing centre-section has not been compromised by their removal, but their replacement will be a headache!

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    Here's another perspective of the same event:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/544489112237193/

    The engine is from Avro Anson G-AGPG "Aggie Paggie", which was broken for spares around 7 years ago. The cockpit and part of the cabin still survives at the Avro Heritage Museum and the engine and cockpit will be reunited next month.

    This engine restoration is superb. The quality of the work is outstanding and bears close scrutiny. Everything has been dismantled and rebuilt to the highest standards and is probably in better condition than most, if not all, of those still flying.

    From timing the engine, to rebuilding the carburettor and completely stripping down and rebuilding the propeller, the quality is outstanding. If you can make it to the AHM Open Day next month, 7/8 July you can have a closer look, as well as enjoy one of the best small museums in the UK.

    Anon.

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    Hello Viscount,
    Your statement is not factual and serves no purpose. Not sure the source of your information but it is is incorrect. The engine nacelle and I assume you mean the engine bearer, not "bearings" are original to G-AGPG.

    The port undercarriage was removed in 2014 by 3 professional engineers witnessed by the then owners engineers, and I can assure you the integrity of the centre section was not compromised at all. There would be little point in restoring an important piece of history if another viable project is compromised.

    The port undercarriage was fully dismantled and then from a scrap metal state taken to a fully operational condition.

    You are obviously unfamiliar with the condition of TX226 and can assure you the loss of the port undercarriage is the least of the problems or "headaches" Montrose museum will encounter.

    However it is that sort of "headache" that makes this type of restoration absorbing and worth while, to source missing items from as far afield as Australia is challenging and exciting, I am sure you will have encountered these types of challenges on your own projects.

    There are sources of undercarriage assemblies out there if you know where to look and do the necessary research.

    I am very happy to receive useful and constructive criticism if it based on fact, but may I suggest you confirm your facts before going into print.

    Regards

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    The removal was done well, I hadn't noticed for ages the undercarriage had gone as the centre section was stored in a cradle of sorts next to our Shackleton spares. Lovely to see your engine running, great work.

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    Superb achievement Dave, if mine looks half as good as your project i will be a happy bunny. Hope to come and visit you at the air fair o the 7th or 8th.

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