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Fairbanks Morse Single Cylinder Tractor Project


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Old 10-21-2012, 04:54:34 PM
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I got back today from Helpling a friend put with his show in S.C. I figured I better get to work before I got fired! You would be suprised what one man ,one torch and one bridge crane can get done on a Sunday afternoon when there is no phone or people coming in to bother him! Wendell Kelch
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A little more wrenching and Lifting!
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:01:04 PM
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A few more
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:11:57 PM
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I got tired of working on it right side up so I thought I would turn it upside down and work on if for a while. Not bad for a Sunday afternoon! My guess it will take a LITTLE longer to put it back together! It is 5-O Clock in Bethel so I think I am going to call it a day! I wonder if anyone needs a sled? I think I am done with it. Wendell Kelch
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse Single Cylinder Tractor Project

Todd,
My Granddad told me one time, "remember, don't get excited".
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:31:42 PM
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We finished tearing down the Fairbanks today. The Shop that is making the frame came and got it today. The next picture of this frame should be a lot prettier.

Wendell Kelch
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It'll be nice to see another one of them up and running again.

Used to have one at the Freeport Illinois show in the 1970s that was all original unrestored and still had an amazing amount of paint and pin striping on it. And it Sounded Nice !

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Ok, Wendell - What is Peter's ex 45 Mogul doing at your shop??
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My hat's off to you fellers!!
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Looks like a fine start!
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We finished tearing down the Fairbanks today. The Shop that is making the frame came and got it today. The next picture of this frame should be a lot prettier.

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I recognize that guy. His shop does excellent work. The toolbox he just made for our 14-28 Rumely is perfect.

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Old 10-25-2012, 05:46:19 PM
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We have been doing battle with the back wheels and lugs for 2 days! There are 60 lugs and 3 rivets per lug so that makes 180 rivets that needed to be blown off and the rivets beat out of the wheels and pressed out of the lugs. 2 tanks of gas and 2 boxes of caldo rods and a bunch of sweating and talking to them they are off. I need to press 9 more rivets out of the cleats and they are ready for the sand blaster. It looks like a IN THE MORNING job! Wendell Kelch
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse Single Cylinder Tractor Project

Good work & progress, Wendell. Are those Oilpull radiator sections in top center of last picture?
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse Single Cylinder Tractor Project

Here is a link to a 1912 Fairbanks Morse tractor, serial no. 112994 threshing wheat at the annual steam and gas engine show in Vista, CA yesterday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP3ZNhQCMfI
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We got the first PRETTY parts today. We got the 60 lugs sandblasted this eve. Got the water pump apart,blasted and ready for the machine shop. The NEW front and rear axle came in today as well as the frame metal.The mixer came apart and the throttle butterfly even loosened up. The bowls are a little more rusty . That is tomorrows project. If all goes well the rear wheels will be headed to PA. to be made like new this weekend.
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The lugs had 180 rivets in them. Here is what a box of180 used rivets looks like . We put the lug in the press and every time the rivet came loose it sounded like a gun went off. They was TIGHT !
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Is there any history available on the tractor? What it did or where/when it was first discovered, etc.

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Where did the 2 bolts come from in the 3rd picture by the visegrips?
Is that premature wear on the them
Is this a design flaw ? since this tractor was not used more than it was. You better write the company and let them know!
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The 2 bolts are the connecting rod bolts. They was made that way to go threw the brass bearing block. I will let the Texas boys tell the story on where it came from and when it was found. I want the story told correct .I know the high points. If I am correct the Fairbanks never left the farm from the time it was delivered new intil it left to come and be restored. Texas stakers help me out! Wendell Kelch
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OK, that makes sense. It looked too uniform to be wear.
I'll have to pass on the history lesson for now. I do know that research is being done to try to learn more about it. The family that owned it that's still alive doesn't know anything about it except that they used to play on it as kids and apparently they are in their 50's or 60's now. A good friend of mine tried for 40 some-odd years to buy it (he poured the 5 gallons of oil in the cylinder back then.) He's promised a ride/drive on it next year... Is it a 1913 model per the engine # ? Keep up the good work!
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