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Old 12-19-2013, 10:46:47 AM
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Just joined this site. I love old engines. I have a Fairbanks Morse headless that belonged to my granddad, I think it's 1915-1918. It's in what looks like to me, sad shape. The FM still has all it's parts, but, the Sumter mag base is cracked and mag is froze, the piston is froze, some one had tried to torch out the bottom bolt on the connecting rod and destroyed the cap and connecting rod. Have managed to safely remove the crank with flywheels still on and drive gear on. Got the mag gear off safely. Cam gear is still froze. The block and hopper appear to be in good, un cracked condition. There are no visible cracks that I can see on the flywheels or cylinder sleeve. Oh, the crankshaft is bent about half inch, ugh. Maybe not worth it, who knows.
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Welcome to the Stack. Good little engine you have and special that it was your grandpa's. Parts are out there and mag bases are reproduced. The mag can be serviced and you will be glad you fixed it.
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:18:44 AM
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Thank you Dan and I appreciate the response.
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Just take your time with your Granddad's engine.

You'll be glad you did.
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Welcome to the Stak I'm sure if you have any questions the guys and gals on here can help you out,I might even be able to answer one if its not to hard Have a Merry Christmas. WAG..................
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Welcome to the Stak where in Mo? This is a good site!! Very nice people I have met and went to shows with, some of the nicest people I have met to date, and welcome to the addiction LOL, these engines get in your blood and breed like rabbits ........
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Welcome to the stak. Take your time but fix the engine. You can never get another one that was your grandfathers. Most of the dammage was probly done when someone got in a hurry. There is a lot of information on here to help you with every phase of the repair. Bill K
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Welcome to the stak! Just have to agree with all others that you need to fix up and keep grandpa's engine. There is a lot of help here on this site.
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Another neighbor, welcome.

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Welcome Aboard the Stak.

As others have already pointed out, parts are available, including eventually coming up with a different crankshaft if yours can't be straightened.

Sometimes it's cheaper to find another engine than to fix the one you have, but as oldproff noted, you won't get another one that was your grandfathers, and sometime sentimental value is worth much more than monetary value.

It took me a long time to get them bought back, but I have one of my Dads engines (5hp Monitor), a 1/2 scale tractor that he built in 1972 (1905 OTTO), and my Grandpa's old Sandwich Hay Press.

Other engines and equipment may come & go, but those are keepers.
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Thanks guys, I have a little more hope now for the old Fairbanks.
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