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FairBanks Morse Z 3hp possible restoration


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Old 08-13-2014, 10:29:53 PM
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Default FairBanks Morse Z 3hp possible restoration

There is a Fairbanks Morse Z 3hp that was on the farm I grew up on in Oklahoma. It has been in the barn for 30 years and probably sat outside for that many years so is rusty and stuck. I assume that with enough patience and PB Blaster, one can get it running again. I'm not sure how much is missing, but assume the coil or mag is gone. Are parts available ($$$)?

I will post a couple of pictures, I don't have the serial number, if that is important, but can get it I live in New Mexico now.

Jerry
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The serial number is 349458. I would like as much information on the engine or where to go to find out more.
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Default Re: FairBanks Morse Z 3hp possible restoration

This engine looks to be quite complete with the exception of a Sumter Mag which can be found without too much trouble ($$). I have the same model which I brought back to life. It is a very durable and good running engine - please note, throttle governed, NOT hit and miss. To some folks this could be a deal breaker. If you decide to proceed and I can help with information, please let me know. Good luck. Dave Pratt
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Default Re: FairBanks Morse Z 3hp possible restoration

While your engine is made to burn kerosene as well as gasoline, it is a spark ignition engine, not compression ignition.

Looks like a fun project though, that's how I like to find them.

EDIT: According to the serial number list found below, your engine was made in 1918...

http://www.oldengine.org/members/may...s/fmserial.htm

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Here is my Fairbanks 3HP fun project:

http://www.old-engine.com/fairbank.htm




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Just checked the SN of my 3 hp, it is 365389 so you can see these two engines are not very far apart in age.

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Default Re: FairBanks Morse Z 3hp possible restoration

I also have a 1918 with a SN#327848. Even though it is not a Hit and Miss it is still one of my favorite engines. Always easy to start. The good thing about starting a project with these engines is there are plenty of parts out there for them. Here are some pictures and a video of mine.







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Looks very complete (sans mag) and a great candidate for restoration...slow and easy..take pics as you take it apart..mark the pieces with a punch so they go back exactly the same way..lots of penetrating oil and patience...it didn't get rusted over night but I'll bet it comes apart nice...good luck and keep us posted.
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What is the band-clamp around the head for? Maybe a leak-stopper?

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Default Re: FairBanks Morse Z 3hp possible restoration

Sure enjoyed your post, and the others that posted their pictures also. I enjoy the Fairbanks & Morse engines, even thou there was alot of them made.

I guess it was because my brother help me start collecting them and that my grandfather cut wood for himself and others to make money with a 6hp, I only have one picture of the engine, and its special to me

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