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6 HP FMZ Makes #3


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Old 01-31-2005, 12:22:28 PM
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Yes – today this 1920 throttle govern engine sits on blocks in my lean-to. The shop has to be finished and cleaned up prior to this new engine coming in. Not to mention finishing up the other two engines that are in there already needing tinkering, one of which is totally torn down and the other sits on a specially made 4X8 table.
This engine has been sitting in the front yard of the previous owners just a few miles from home. I never go that way so I didn’t even know that it was there until just recently. When I first questioned the previous owners about parting with the engine their response was that “it was Dad’s and it has sentimental value.” Oh – Oh. I got their permission to go out into the yard and get a closer look at it and it looks to be in such good shape even the gas tank is still good and you can see that it was repainted not too many years ago, as they said that it was running when they put it out in the yard. Then they turned around and said that they lost interest in it, that is why they put it out in the rain. Then they said “make us an offer on it”.
I really don’t need it and I have many other projects to keep me busy, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted it. Last week I decided to buy it and buy the time yesterday rolled around I was so excited I was like a little kid in anticipation of Christmas morning. I don’t know what I would have done if they would has said no, but they said yes so we just loaded it up, all 810 pounds.
It just goes to show you – you never know what is laying in your neighbors yard.
Ken
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Hope this works
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Old 02-03-2005, 08:29:17 PM
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Default Re: 6 HP FMZ Makes #3

Hopefully you unscrewed the oiler before shooting the photo and the oiler pipe wasn't open to the weather. That is a common sight but always disconcerting to see.

If the mag is still there, it would look to be fairly complete- that's a big plus. While a 6 hp Fairbanks ZA is fairly common, it has enough power to run a variety of things. Fairbanks must have done something right- they sure sold a lot of these engines. I have 4 of them- two 3 hp ZA's, a 3 hp ZC, and a headless 1-1/2 Z.
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:05:17 PM
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Ken

Being I know where you work, I am going to start following you homa and around the neighborhood. <grin>

Any engine you can find like that is a +

Jim
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Old 02-04-2005, 09:25:19 AM
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Man, you even have a crank guard! Protect that with your life. They are rare, i've been looking for one for mine for 5 years. Mine starts and runs reliably no matter what, it's a nice engine.
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Old 02-04-2005, 12:37:25 PM
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The oiler is missing and it was full of water – not good. As you can see there is some rusting, on the piston and other no good places. As you can see the mag is there and of course the crank guard!! Larry Evans helped me out tremendously prior to the actual purchase by giving me several pointers and things to look for, all of which, are there. Did I understand correctly, that this engine is a “ZA”?
Oh – and Jim, if you want to follow me, next week I’m headed to the east side and I will most definitely keep my eyes open for old iron treasures. If interested, I know where there is a IHC 1 ½ - 2 ½ hp (?) up by Goldendale.
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