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Fairbanks Morse Diesel I.D. Help


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Old 08-04-2018, 09:10:44 PM
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Default Fairbanks Morse Diesel I.D. Help

I'd like help identifying this F-B diesel. I'm told it is a 50 HP. It was used to drive a 32 KW generator at 257 rpm's.
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse Diesel I.D. help

That is a Fairbanks Morse Y-V hot head diesel/semi-diesel or oil engine. To start these you have to have the torch going to get the peg in the head red hot so it will have enough heat in the chamber to light the fuel off under the low compression. 14" bore and 17" stroke on those bigger ones like that. What information are you looking to get on this one?
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This machine is in a powerplant museum where I volunteer and I know nothing about these. The first 2 generators at the plant were hydro units. This unit was installed to drive a small generator so that the community could have some minimal amount of electricity during periods of low water flow (middle of winter). My curiosity started when a new volunteer asked my what type of governor it used. I'd like to know when this machine might have been manufactured as I understand it was a used unit when placed in service here in 1930/1931. Is there a place where I can get additional information of any kind about this model? Thanks.
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse Diesel I.D. help

The original dyno sheet for mine mentions fuel consumption of 3.3 gallons per hour under load.
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse Diesel I.D. help

In my 3rd photo, what is the large circular device on the end of the crankshaft?
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That is the pulley or shield for the governor weights on the inside. I am not sure what the actual name was for it that Fairbanks used though.
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse Diesel I.D. help

Okay. Between the spokes I see a couple heavy springs and weights - which are part of the governor system I presume?
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse Diesel I.D. help

I believe you will see that is actually a flat belt pulley-yes also a container for the governor weights.Notice the heavy hub attachment. In the case of a generator it could have driven the exciting generator.
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse Diesel I.D. help

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Okay. Between the spokes I see a couple heavy springs and weights - which are part of the governor system I presume?
Is there a linkage from there to the fuel system ?. If so it is the governor.
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse Diesel I.D. help

Mike, is this museum in Estes Park? I've been there and never seen it. Looks like an interesting place. I get across the hill to the Denver area once in awhile, might be worth a side trip sometime. . .
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