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Old 09-01-2009, 07:18 AM   #11
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It could be almost any nationality, from what I can tell. Many U.S. propellers did have numbered blades. The British props were usually so well identified that I guess I would consider this unusual in that regard if it were manufactured there.
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:55 AM   #12
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Bob thanks for your input in my mystery
like dave suggested i am going to carefully attempt to remove the hub today i will post what i find underneath. wish me luck
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:58 AM   #13
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hi bob And dave
i tried to remove the hub this morning, i was able to get all the bolts off and the long i guess you would call them bolts out and just as dave thought they are drilled thru so my prop has 16 holes i wasnt able to get the plates off yet. do you think they are pressed on and should i bring it to a machine shop to press it off? any ideas why this prop has 16 holes. they seem symetrically place on the hub equal distanced apart from each other. hope you have some insight
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Old 09-01-2009, 02:13 PM   #14
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Murray,

I can only think of two reasons why your prop has two sets of holes, neither of which seems particularly convincing. The first is that after WW1 the prop was used on a different engine and a new set of holes were bored. I have seen this on low powered pre-WW1 props but it doesn't seem very sensible for a prop from a large and powerful engine.

Secondly, the hub plates and the prop were united for display purposes on someone's wall.

There must be a better reason but I can't think of one!

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Old 09-01-2009, 04:47 PM   #15
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Are the bolt holes the same diameter? Someone could have overdrilled one set of holes, then the hub reattached by drilling parallel holes of the correct size, as Bob suggests.
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:24 PM   #16
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i will have to check i think i have a caliper somewhere
i cant seem to get the hub plates off do you think it is pressed on and if you think yes should i bring it to a machine shop and get it pressed off
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:59 AM   #17
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Murray,

These plates do get firmly stuck on to hubs. The process of tightening the bolts and leaving them like that for half a century can make them difficult to move. If any of the original bolt holes are half covered by the plate you might be able to drift them off by putting a rod or long screwdriver through the hub and tapping the plate.

I have seen several props where someone has introduced a screwdriver or chisel from the side under the plate and prized it off. This leaves very noticeable marks on the hub which disfigure it.

It is unlikely that that there is any data under the plates so you might think it better to leave them on rather than disfigure the prop.

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Old 09-02-2009, 06:25 AM   #18
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Murray,

An afterthought or two.

Firstly on the value of your prop. I think it's worth more than $500. I think it would make a little more if sold on eBay and if sold in a specialist aviation auction or in an antique shop it could well be offered at more than $1000. If you could identify the prop it would increase its value. Try looking at the sides of the hub against the light in case someone has sanded the hub at some time and almost erased the data.

Secondly, why somone would rebore the hub is a mystery. I guess it might have happened when the prop was of little or no value such as in the 1920's when thousands of these props were sold off as army surplus. It might also have been done in the factory where it was made, as an experiment to try a different method of boring or for some instructional reason. If so it was never intended that it should fly and this might explain why no data is stamped on the hub. But I'm clutching at straws!

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Old 09-02-2009, 08:12 AM   #19
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Bob
thank you for all your input and advise you're right im not going to risk any damage to the hub in a search of data that probally is'nt there i think i am just going to hang it in my house and enjoy it. if it had been on an aces plane or never flew at all its still a beautiful reminder of our past
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:57 AM   #20
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Hi Murray,

I think that's the best thing to do. It is certainly a handsome prop. I think Dave has instructions on how to make a bracket for it on his website somewhere.

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