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Fairbanks Morse torch head at Temple, TX 1995


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Here is a video that is a bit shaky. It was taken on VHS back in 1995. I'll type in details later if the video up loads correctly.

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This engine came out of a cotton gin in Seaton, TX. It was donated by the family off the owner in 1995. The only stipulation was it had to be moved in the next few weeks as they were building a house on the propery and the gin was in the way.

I went down on a Saturday with my haul truck and two employees. We met Bradley Ware there with the gin pole winch truck. After some work we got the bolts out of the clutch/flywheel and got the line shaft out of the way. We took the tin off of the building and got the engine loaded about dark. We spent the night and headed home early the next day. It was a 200+ mile trip with and overloaded truck but we got home without any problems.

I unloaded the engine on railroad cross tie cribbing and began working on it. It was stuck and had two large rat carcasses in the exhaust y and some fruit bat remains in the crankcase. After many weeks of work I determined it was ready to run. I piped air to the air start valve with PVC pipe. I called my uncle Bully to come up and help. We got the Kerosene torches lit and got the heads good and hot. After a few times through it hit and went to running. The vibration broke the pvc fitting and all the compressed air came up my pants leg. I joined the bird gang(as in flew the coup). I left my uncle there with both injector levers trying to shut the engine off. We decided it would not be a good idea to start it again on the cross ties.

I hauled the engine back to Temple and poured the concrete foundation for it. The video is the day before the show in October of 1995. I am the thirty year old with overalls and my late uncle James (Bully) Fuller is adjusting the fuel.
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse torch head at Temple, TX 1995

In the video, it looks like the engine loads up and then coasts for a while - somewhat like hit and miss governing. Were you guys doing this, was the governor out of adjustment, or is it supposed to do this?

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Cool, thanks. Sounds like she is only hitting on one in the later part of the video.
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In the video, it looks like the engine loads up and then coasts for a while - somewhat like hit and miss governing. Were you guys doing this, was the governor out of adjustment, or is it supposed to do this?

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That was my uncle cutting the fuel out then back on to make the engine hit hard and come back up to speed. It actually runs very steady on the governor when it gets warmed up. Some of the stuff may have been out of adjustment as this was before we had any literature on this engine.

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Cool, thanks. Sounds like she is only hitting on one in the later part of the video.
Yes on that first run we were having problems with one of the injectors. We got it sorted out before the show opened and the engine ran great all weekend.
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