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Electric start Fairbanks Morse 6 HP


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Old 12-24-2015, 07:14:37 PM
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I got sick of starting this by hand.....so I installed a delco starter generator.
It works great. I just hold the intake valve open to get it spinning then let it close. Once it is cranking at speed it will roll right past compression and fire up. My daughter enjoyed helping, I had her drilling holes and tightening bolts....etc.
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Default Re: Electric start Fairbanks Morse 6 HP

Does the generator work too? Be kinda neat to have around hooked to a bank of batteries and a inverter for a bad day with no power.
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Yes it works Rich however the output is only a few amps....just enough to charge a battery and run a couple 1156 bulbs.
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Default Re: Electric start Fairbanks Morse 6 HP

Merry Christmas

Do you think it's only putting out a few amps because it's not running fast enough? I've been thinking about doing the sale thing with a 6 Hp. Famous and any suggestion you can offer will be greatly appreciated. If you wouldn't mind send me a PM with your phone number and I'll call you.

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Default Re: Electric start Fairbanks Morse 6 HP

Nice job Steve ! Nice to see the ear protection on your daughter too. Some engine purists frown on starting aids but I say do whatever it takes to keep yourself happy in the hobby. I think it's sad when you see an older collector sell all his engines because he can no longer move them, or start them.
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It's always nice to have good help in the shop!
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Default Re: Electric start Fairbanks Morse 6 HP

What type of cart is that? I have a similar one that I have just modified to fit under an engine.
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Default Re: Electric start Fairbanks Morse 6 HP

Mark, I dont know what brand of running gear however it is very similar to an F &H I used to have under a buzz saw. It has been narrowed to be used as a cart.

LeRoy, yes part of the problem is that it is running slow (around 3600 rpm) it should be spun around 6000 rpm. Even at that though they are not good power sources due to the fact they are wound to be powerful enough to crank which is not ideal for charging purposes.

In my application it makes JUST enough voltage to charge the battery.
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Default Re: Electric start Fairbanks Morse 6 HP

Very nice setup and idea.

The 6hp Famous engine may charge a little better as it has 40" wheels opposed to the 28" on FM. I am surprised that little starter/gen has enough umph to crank over the FM even without any Compression. They usually only have to turn over a small AC engine. I have a few of those star/gens I should try 1 on my 6hp Domestic. Rob
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Exactly right Rob, it would work better. I think the only reason it is able to spin the motor is the 28 inch flywheels provide roughly 9 to 1 ratio.
I also found my battery charger(the wheel around kind) will not spin it through compression as there is not enough amps. When hooked to a good battery it has no problem.

One could also put a smaller pulley on the S/G to help give more torque and spin faster when charging. I didn't have a smaller pulley that would fit.

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