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Fairbanks Morse Sheffield 40b Restoration


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Old 02-21-2015, 12:43:18 AM
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I've come to the conclusion that the carburetor this thing has is too worn out to allow the engine to idle properly, so I picked up a pair of replacements at a recent car show. The first is a Zenith-1 side-bowl, and the other is a Tillotson; both intended for Model A Fords. I decided to rebuild the Zenith and keep the other as a spare, and as of now the Zenith has been painted and all the brass polished up. By tomorrow, it should be assembled, mounted, and hopefully tested!
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Okay, so I forgot that non-lacquer paint and gasoline don't mix....so eventually I'll need to repaint the carburetor. Still, it functions better than the old carb. I did have to shave a bit of metal away from the right front frame support, but it doesn't look bad. The engine does look a bit haggard up close, but that's what happens when it gets used (I might touch it up later). I've also begun on the top deck woodwork, and the first few boards have been cut and placed for reference.
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A little more of the woodwork is coming along.
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Thanks for sharing your 40B restoration pictures. I have two 40B's from the early 1930's in running condition.

I wanted to comment that every 40B I've ever seen has the carb turned as shown in the attached picture. I believe you can turn the carb flange on the manifold to reorient it. (The ice is from fuel vaporization on a cool humid summer morning)

Please continue with the updates as the work progresses. Oh, and don't bother putting exhaust pipes on it... just run it the way it was meant to be, flames and all. The flames are awesome when running at night
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The flange was rotated sometime in the past, and try as I might, I couldn't readjust it. Since the fitting it threads into is brass (I believe), I decided not to fiddle with it. Oh, could I trouble you for some photos of the woodwork on your cars? I have no idea what the dimensions are for the side decks, or the angle of inclination they are supposed to be at. I will hopefully have more progress by this weekend (Only time I can fiddle with it).

Oh, and if you want to see more pictures of the car's restoration, check out this link (its pretty pic heavy):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/372684...7647318192407/
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:40:23 PM
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Absolutely. My Reading car has almost all of the original wood. I will take some general pictures to start and post more as you need them. Dimensions can also be measured.

Keep posting pics to the flikr site. Thanks!
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I'll keep uploading photos here and there (more there than here though). Oh, and thanks for helping me out!

New pics of the top deck, and it's getting close to being finished!
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The top is looking good!

I've attached some pictures of the original wood work on my 40B from the Reading. The wood has been replaced on my other 40B from the N&W. My paint stripping and repainting has been stalled until the weather improves.

I can get you any dimensions if you like.
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A view of he angled footboard support. Somewhere in my 40B literature is gives the angle. I'll see if I can find it. The hole in the support was a later addition, possibly someone's great idea for an exhaust pipe location...
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Thanks for all the photos! Right now I'm trying to finish off the forward portion of the deck. As far as dimensions go, I could use the distance from the clutch lever to the bolts that hold the throttle lever block in place. Also, if possible, I'd like to know what the magneto shield looks like and roughly how big it is.

Oh, and today I finally got the hinged section squared away. The wood spacer block between the top of the deck and the front railing is there because of how badly bent up the railing was, resulting in a gap I didn't see until I got the wood installed.
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