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nerdling

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I found this right where I parked before starting a hike to get to a Hellcat site. It was about a half mile from the site. What exactly is this. Not sure why I ended up with such massive pictures lol.


It is about 5 inches in diameter




Near as I can tell this says TYL5


The interior has a threaded base


Another stamp that reads 49055


This one reads 80585 and below that 4640


I can't make out this last stamp. But it looks to have an emblem consisting of a Circle with either an "M" or "W" in it but it could be something else entirely.


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Kiefer

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Hi Ryan,
It looks to be the upper section of a tail-wheel assembly. But not clue of what it's off of. Best Regards, Keith 
nerdling

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Thanks for the answer Keith. Anybody have any pictures of one to compare this to? I can't find any decent pictures.

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MHensarling

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http://www.arcair.com/awa01/101-200/awa172-F6F-5-Hellcat/images_Terry_Sumner/TailWheel.jpg

This is the best shot I could locate of the Bearcats' tail wheel assembly. It shows the castellated nut at the top but other than that it's inconclusive.

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nerdling

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Thanks for that photo Matt. I'm still not sure. It might be but like you said still inconclusive.

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mcelhaney14

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That is the base of a dynafocal lord mount.  It is the mount that attaches the engine to the tubular engine mount.  The bit that is broken off on the castle nut end is a bracket that mounts to the engine accessory case.  It is correct for a B-model R-2800, which the hellcat used although I thought the hellcat used a slightly different style lord mount.
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