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Old 02-11-2014, 10:49:47 AM
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I have been thinking about finding a large hit and miss engine to power my blacksmith shop. I have the normal stuff plus lathes, disc rollers and some heavy stuff plus wood working tools and saws so it would take a larger one than I can probably justify buying. I had to go help an elderly relative yesterday in another town and noticed a huge pile of oilfield engines being scraped. Most of them had a flywheel about 3ft and seemed on the bigger side. Of course the radiator and all that stuff had been striped but I was wondering about the possibilities of modifying one of these for my antique shop? What should one pay for a bare block to rebuild, if I pay iron price is that really a bargin or can one find a complete one for not much more? I know nothing about these but this batch will be heading to China soon so I got to figure out what I need to do. Thanks
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:40:17 PM
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Default Re: New guy with oilfield engines

It sounds like you are looking at Fairbanks Morse or Arrow engines. The Arrow engines are still being made. They are throttle governed not hit and miss. I would pass if they are incomplete. Complete engines like that can be had for not much more than scrap price. If you knew the name of the engines and possibly a photo we could give you more informed advice.
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:43:32 PM
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Thanks, they were snow covered and several were broke from being droped with a magnet. They were bigger than the litttle 12 hp Fairbanks Morse ones I have seen on oilwells so I was kind of excited. Your probably right, buying an incomplete anything usually costs more in the end.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:28:39 PM
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My blacksmith shop is powered by a 25hp Superior 2 cycle gas engine - mid 1930's vintage. It is probably bigger than needed but it was available and in running order in 1990.

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Default Re: New guy with oilfield engines

How about this set up here?

I do not own this video, I am just posting it up here for you see an example of an oilfield engine running a line shaft. This is a 15 hp Reid that the owner has set up to run on 60% gasoline and 40% kerosene.
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This is a 15 hp Reid that the owner has set up to run on 60% gasoline and 40% kerosene.
And if I remember correctly it is "dieseling". Read about that one somewhere.
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T he 15 hp. Reid was featured in the 2012 Dec. Jan. 2013 Gas Engine Magazine. The website of the Blacksmiths shop it powers is listed in the article. www.sandersoniron.com Good Luck Dean
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:48:29 PM
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Wow, that guy has some shop! I was very impressed but I no longer feel like I have a nice collection of belt driven machines. Thanks for sharing that!
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Thanks, everyone, for the compliments and for the links.

Avery22x36, if I may say so, the most important thing is to get an engine that will be dependable and will run smoothly at the right rpm. I believe the engine should run the same speed as your line--or close to it. Nothing on your line shaft will run right if the engine doesn't run right. This makes it the single most important machine you will have.

If you have any questions about getting set up, I'll try to help if I can. Maybe I can help you avoid some of the mistake I made at least.

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Thank you very much Joel, I will keep that in mind. Aaron
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Default Re: New guy with oilfield engines

Aaron- if you can find one that's complete ENOUGH, but lacking a radiator, don't give up on it- the radiator systems on these engines were 'closed-evaporative cooling'... that means the radiator had no coolant IN it... the coolant ecircled the cylinder, and as it evaporated, the steam rose into the radiator, where it condensed, and fell back INTO the cylinder jacket.

IF you have such an engine, and no radiator, it wouldn't be difficult to engineer a system that utilized an external radiator like Joel's. The advantage being, you'd be able to keep the engine indoors, while shedding waste heat outdoors during the summertime.
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...and shed the heat indoors in the winter. That really helps you get the money back out of your fuel.
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Default Re: New guy with oilfield engines

I have not got a chance to look at it but there is a fellow I know that says he has a nice running complete Fairbanks Morse (he thought 12 hp) for $800. I just have not had a chance to get away and I do not know much about them yet but I am learning. Thanks
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