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AUSTIN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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Chapter 11
I contacted ace mechanic, Gary Cole, and
asked him if he had any ideas how to go about
making the engine presentable for display.
Taking it apart, cleaning the parts that could
be cleaned, repainting some of the larger
assemblies, and putting it all back together
ought to take care of it and Gary said he'd do
just that. I had the engine hauled to his shop
in Houston where he and a couple of helpers
tinkered and scrubbed for the next several
months.
Once Gary got to work, he found hoses
filled with fluids of all manner, not to mention
metal tubes and stray wires, and no way of
knowing what went where. To help decode
the parts worth decoding, I spent hours on
the internet searching for information and
eventually found a site with a detailed tech-
nical manual, all fifty thousand pages of it,
stored on a handful of DVDs. When the disks
arrived, my good friend David Hannah III
spent days perusing the disks trying to locate
just the pages with diagrams and photos of
the engine and the relevant part assemblies
all named and numbered in a way we might
understand. The names and numbers we
planned to use to label some of the parts for
display purposes.
2011. Pushing the massive Concorde engine into place required a dozen or more workers moving the engine
only a few inches at a time in order to protect the stone floor. Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.