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Hi! I have a Fairbanks Morse 208. According to the serial number 817958, it looks to me like it was made in 1940. I was wondering if anyone could confirm this and also when they started making the 208's as I have seen several different dates. Thanks, Walter
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It is a 1940 don't know start date.
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ok Thank you Russell
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It amazes me how well these have lasted. Guess I need to ask, how do you date them by the serial? I see a lot that have dates cast on them but not that old. They seem to be in the. 50s or later.
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Reed, I have a serial no list that I got off an internet site not sure what one any more but seams to be close to what other people have. I new the engine had some age on it because it doesn't have the inspection plate on the back of the block and it has a dip stick to check the oil. The lease that it came off of was drilled in the early 40s. My father -in-law got the lease in 1982. The engine broke a valve and was replaced looks like it might have been on that lease all its life. He let it set, then in 2016 I said I would like to fix one up and he gave it to me. It has been quite a job as it was pretty much wore out, but looks like I will have it ready to run at his 75th birthday.
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I have a 118 dip stick engine. One of these days Iím going to get it running. I guess I need to get the serial and see what it dates to.
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1940 could very well be the first year they were made. I have seen a picture of a 1939 prototype. I have seen an article that the 118 was made specifically for shallow oil wells in California. The 208 could have been started at the same time.
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Mine cane with a lot of several from Sohio Oil Co. They had brass tags that said that. Iíll post a pic when I get back to the shop.
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Mr. Reed I have a 118 and a 208 with a Sohio tag as well. Both are dipstick engines too. Mine did not have clutches, but had pulleys on the shaft. Makes me wonder if they were running pumps.
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The tag on the 118.
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