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F-M "Y" HB Starting Info


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Old 03-14-2005, 04:31:29 AM
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I just brought in a 25 hp "Y" HB which the previous owners were thoughtful enough to completely cover with axle grease when they took it out of service 60 years or so ago, so appears to be in excellent physical condition. Engine is a later style with enclosed governor and injector in center of head. Seems to be complete and I turned it though a revolution by hand. Apparently no hot tube as in the earlier models. How do you start this thing? Any source for a manual for this later style?

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The Sandwich Early day engine club has a 25 hp F. M. Y. that we need a off side flywheel for if anyone knows where we can find one let me know. You can find a manual on line at http://www.old-engine.com/fm15yh.htm . you can read it or print it out. Bob Ronning
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I just brought in a 25 hp "Y" HB which the previous owners were thoughtful enough to completely cover with axle grease when they took it out of service 60 years or so ago, so appears to be in excellent physical condition. Engine is a later style with enclosed governor and injector in center of head. Seems to be complete and I turned it though a revolution by hand. Apparently no hot tube as in the earlier models. How do you start this thing? Any source for a manual for this later style?

Thanks for your help - Sid
Well.... There is (or is supposed to be) a starting tube under the shield on the front side of the head. They are started the same as the earlier models but are more sensitive as far as pumping the injector pump handle when rocking against compression. On my early 15 HP I just give the handle 2 pumps and rock it against compression and off she goes. They will not start without plenty of heat.

Be very carefull that you don't get the crankcase loaded up with oil or fuel when you try to start it... They Can and Will run away and then things get Real Exciting. I always leave the crankcase drain valve open just a little so no oil accumulates in there... My buddy started his the first time and it Ran Away... Jumping off the ground and breaking his nice new 8 X 8 oak timbers and showering everything within 100 feet with Soot and Oil.... It would be best if you had someone with experience with these present when starting it the first time... It would be advisable to have some method of shutting off the air or something to stop it if it runs away. Also be ready to put the pin in the injection pump handle to keep it from pumping in more fuel.... They are a Nice Running engine but not for the Beginner...
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You might want to try and reach Ron DeGraff at Fairbanks, he is more into "OP"s, but is up on the "Y" engines. He has been around when we have started the two we have on our show grounds. I believe he does have books on them. Our two Cylinder runs real smooth. We also have a 6, 4 and 3 cylinder model 32s. Newer models of the "Y". But they are not up and running yet. The 3 Cyl should be this year.
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