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Old 07-13-2010, 06:51:56 PM
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I've had this thing for better'n 20 years. Had it running once and was so impressed I swore I'd NEVER run it again. Satan's spawn in cast iron form. Today, My son dragged it out of the weeds and wants to get it going. It has great compression and it will run with a little tinkering. He likes it. I HATE it. Anyway he would like a little info on it. Look at the pix and see what you can tell him about it. He will post back here later.
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Default Re: Fairmont speeder engine

It is a two stroke engine, and can be reversed by killing the spark, throwing the timing lever over, and turning the switch back on while the engine is still turning. they were used on railroad speeder cars. Speed is regulated by throttle.
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Default Re: Fairmont speeder engine

I was working on one that looks like yours just today.
I don't know much about it. Ours is complete, except for the adapter to the exhaust pipe. In the picture the carb is off , it's soaking in solvent to get the gunk out. Evaporated 12:1 gas/oil mix leaves a real mess.

What model is it? The only mark I have found is on the water hopper, PB 203-1. It does have an all aluminum F4 carb.

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Why would you store that engine in the weeds?
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cool! are you bringing that to allegany? if it comes up for sale let me know..I need one of that type
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Default Re: Fairmont speeder engine

They really are neat little two stroke engines, and they attract lots of attention at shows. I have really enjoyed running mine. Easy to load and drag to a show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVMMxTB6twM
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Okay fellas, Cory and I put the Fairmont on some 4x4's and went thru the carb & wired it up. We rocked it against compression a few times to prime it with the choke on. First time thru compression- it started! It is loud, smokey, obnoxious, fast and I guess, sorta cool. A giant Maytag. There is no muffler at all. What does a muffler look like for this Fairmont? I can't find a serial number on it anywhere. My guess is the number would have been on the section car. Any idea of horsepower? Clark, we'll probably take this to Port Allegany show.
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There is a oblong bolster on top of the crankcase,between the flywheels. These engines are USUALLY stamped on this bolster as to model. I would GUESS it to be a QHB 6 HP by what I can see,but not positive. If nobody else comes up with more info for you,I will do some measuring on some of mine & let you know how to figure it out for sure for HP.
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My QHB had no muffler, just a flattened piece of pipe with holes drilled in the sides. I am pretty sure that this was the original set up. Your description of it running is apt, I was always afraid it was going to take off or blow up. They coast forever after you tun off the spark.
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Here's a video of it running!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9I0AYZxUCY

> > > UPDATE: The flywheels have QHB cast into one of the spokes. That confirms the majority of opinions on the model. Thanks!
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