On Facebook this afternoon Brendon Deere has shared the first look inside the Mustang's Merlin:
First look at the camshaft assemblies today on NZ2423 and they are still well inhibited with still moist preservative. A quick look at one of the spark plug openings shows similar treatment inside the cylinders. We are pretty sure this work was all done by the RNZAF in 1957 at the time the aircraft was put into storage at Woodbourne
Absolutely wonderful...........Bob Odegaard's place if it is still at Kindred Nth Dakota was accessed (as was the rest of the airfield), by driving through the local cemetry. May have changed by now.I delivered a huge pick-up full of parts from Gerry Beck's place at Wahpeton there mid winter one year. Truely amazing facility. There were feet of snow there at the time and it was COLD !
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There are a couple of people I know in the USA who are maintainers on a couple of active P-51s over there and they have been following the announcements about this P-51 with great interest. One of the points they have made with me is the backlog in the order books for new or major rebuilds of P-51 wings by Bob Odegaard's shop. Waitlist is currently sitting at 2 to 3 years depending if it is rebuild or new build. So if Brendon's crew are thinking about getting their wings done by Odegaard they need to book their place in his schedule sooner rather than later.
Colin Ford Canberra, Australia Historian, No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force, 1940-1946
Bit like Oz Dave. Tres vin ordinaire. BTW....any chance of inserting pics at the start of the thread showing it in service then at John Smith's place by way of a photographic introduction to the restoration?
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We dropped the inner gear doors down today on Mustang NZ2423 to have a closer look at what was there. We had already removed various spare bits and pieces that had been stored on the doors retracted when the aircraft was still at Mapua.