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Fairbanks Morse Pump Restoration


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Old 09-03-2018, 04:13:44 PM
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Default Fairbanks Morse Pump Restoration

Hey, thought I would do something a bit different and show some pics of a big pump I want to repair.
It's a Fairbanks Morse 3 inch centrifugal.
Been stuck and sitting for a long time, no idea how old it is.
I already have it apart so I will post a bunch of pics of that process.
Needless to say it involved very large torches and lots of aero kroil.
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First ones are of how it was as I aquired it.
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Old 09-03-2018, 04:17:24 PM
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Lots of heat with huge torch and stuff started to give. Some broken bolts to fix but not that many actually.
Shaft is Heald into bearings with a big spanner nut and lock ring, housing is grease filled
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Got shaft out and finally got the packing assembly apart without breaking anything.
Only thing I won't remove is the impeller, it can stay on shaft.

As time permits I will clean stuff up and start reassembly, replacing stuff as needed.

Packing is 3/8 square, anybody got any that big they will spare with?
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If anyone is wonderful what I'm gonna do with it, I have no idea yet, probably belt it to an engine and pump water in a barrel.
All I do know is that it's heavy and big hahah
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Looks like I will need about 4 feet of 3/8 packing, there are 6 rings plus a brass spacer in the middle to allow the grease into the packing.

I ordered packing, will get the rest of the stuff I need locally, gonna leave it old and rusty looking I think
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Got new packing from palmetto.
Got the rust ground out of the housing counterbores so that the impeller doesnt stick anymore so I think soon I can start reassembly.
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse Pump Restoration

Good work. Gonna take some horse power to make it work.
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Tomorrow I'll get new bolts for the packing glands and start to put it together, should go quick, I'm gonna just silicon the housing and forgo a gasket,
It will just be used for zero pressure display from now on so no biggie,
So outet is 3 inch as stated on tag, inlet is 4 inch but I hope 3 inch will be fine, at the low rpm and pressure I think it will be fine and not affect operation that much.
I plan to use a 55 gallon drum for my display tank and just pump water in a circle.
We will see of it's operable from a flat belt and low rpm, with the way the impeller fits into the housing counterbores I thing it will pump at pretty low rpm, not a lot of bypass is allowed in the housing.
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Got the packing in, assembled the rotating assembly and after packing the bearings with new grease she spins very nicely, I don't have the packing very tight yet
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Be tender with the packing gland. Tighten evenly or you could crack it in half. Seen it done. It will probably take 3 or so tightenings to get everything mashed down and sealed, after running.
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