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144. All wired up

31/10/2014

One thing we’ve been able to finish this week is the wiring. It didn’t take long; the blip switch on the top of the stick and the magneto switch on the instrument panel are each connected to the magneto. And that’s it!

But the cable and the magneto switch needed to at least look like the 1915 original, as did the fastenings, while things like the insulation needed to be up to modern standards. Both switches have to make a connection to switch the engine off, so if for any reason they both failed, it would stop you turning the engine off. And you could still achieve that by shutting the throttle or the mixture valve, so it’s not exactly the end of the world. The only inconvenience would be that you’d need to make a glide approach and landing which shouldn’t be too difficult provided you’d picked a reasonable sized airfield.

As always, Rick’s made a great job of it.

The magneto end.

The magneto end…

... running back down the fuselage and up to the blip switch on the stick...

… running back down the fuselage and up to the blip switch on the stick…

... and behind the instrument panel to the magneto switch. Some aircraft had the magneto switch mounted on the outside of the cockpit surround so that the man swinging the propeller could check visually whether the engine was live, but the photos of 1264 don't shoe an external switch.

… and behind the instrument panel to the magneto switch. Some aircraft had the magneto switch mounted on the outside of the cockpit surround so that the man swinging the propeller could check visually whether the engine was live, but the photos of 1264 don’t show an external switch.

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