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Fairbanks Morse model N 40 hp Take Apart Stationary


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Old 05-29-2009, 09:28:40 PM
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fairbanks model n 40 horsepower stationary take apart engine, rescued from an old gold mine in the northwest.
it powered a large 2 cylinder air compressor for the air drills the miners used. it is comprised of about 30 seperate
parts that weigh 300 lbs. or less. (each flywheel section is 200 lbs.) probably hauled to the minesite
by mules, then reassembled on it's concrete base in 1912. i can't find much info on this engine, if anyone can help,
it would be appreciated....
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:45:07 PM
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Default Re: Fairbanks morse model n 40 hp take apart stationary

Way cool, L.

You're going to make me ask, aren't you?

WHEN are you gonna rescue her from the wind, rain and rocks?
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:48:59 PM
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Default Re: Fairbanks morse model n 40 hp take apart stationary

Nice Find. Is this going to be taken apart one last time and transported to your place?
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Default Re: Fairbanks morse model n 40 hp take apart stationary

it's off the mouintain now......
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Default Re: Fairbanks morse model n 40 hp take apart stationary

Larry,
That is one very nice unit, I looked in the book and it looks like the production numbers are low on that HP. Sure would love to have that one but the wifes new house trumps it!
Glad that you got it out safely.

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Thats the stuff that Dreams are made of !!! thats so cool. tell us more, any details how you found it ? ....
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Old 05-30-2009, 02:56:06 AM
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Default Re: Fairbanks morse model n 40 hp take apart stationary

I'll second what Jed said. This is something most of us can only fantasize about! What an incredible find.

Did anyone else notice the wrench hanging off one of the head bolts? Is that an original Fairbanks-Morse wrench?
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Lauren Langdon on here should be able to help you get any info you need on it. He has several Big N's
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Great Find Larry. Looks like a great time was had in the rescue.
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse model N 40 hp Take Apart Stationary

Larry:

You must feel good that this multi year project is near completion.

Persuing and finding such an interesting unit (one of a kind???) being able to make a deal on it after finding it.

All the work and planning to get it out ( not like driving up to it and loading it onto a truck or trailer )

You said it must likely was taken in by mules, I guess you choose the mule of today the Chooper to get it out. Something that most collectors more then likely wouldn't do, I'm sure the bill for that one day is more then most would consider to pay for an engine.

Thanks for sharing this interesting story at this years CA GOLD and for sharing your find with the rest of the world.

See you later this summer. Jim
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Looking at that one picture, I guess it's safe to say you have friends in high places . Great find and good luck with it.
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It all started 10 years ago with the question that we all ask..."so, do you know of any old gas engines around here?"....the next decade was spent trying to convince the owner to sell. Well, in Dec. of 2008, we agreed on a price, and we spent the next 4 months preparing for the removal. We bought quads, a 6x6, built trailers for the quads, made skids for dragging engine parts, tripods, a-frames, assembled all kinds of chains, ropes, pulleys, tools, and such...we had every possibility covered........(yeah...right...) our convoy left for the mountains in mid April of this year, and we spent the first 2 weeks with a pick, shovel, and chainsaw, clearing and rebuilding the "road" ( I use that term loosely) and as you may have guessed, the best laid plans...........yep, the trails, were too steep for the quads to pull the trailers, in fact, the trails were too steep for the quads....we had to put tractor weights on the front racks, just to climb the hills! While getting to the top of the ridge was possible on a quad, the trip back down proved to be far to dangerous....we rolled 3 of the quads at least twice, ( the fourth broke down, and before we could tow it off the mountain, a bear destroyed the wires, and fuel system...the carb is still m.i.a.) so we decided to use the back road....it still required a 30 minute quad ride, then a 1-1/2 hour walk to the engine every day....over the course of the next week, all of the tools required were packed the last 2 miles in, all uphill........here ends part one....I'll up load a few pics, and post part 2 tomorrow.....oh, and the wrench in the first pics, was found with the engine..not sure if it was an original f m factory wrench, but it will stay with the engine..!thank you for all of your interest! as you can see in one of the pics......snow was involved..............
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well you wont find carbs unfortunaly foods been getting scarce so they found carbs are nice and tasty and healthy
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pt. 2

at this point, we had decided that a helicopter would be the only way to get it off the mountain.....we got a couple of quotes, and load capacities, and settled on a huey that could lift 2400 to 3000 lbs (depending on the fuel load) we also had to scout an lz so he could refuel with his fuel truck......we spent the rest of the week taking the engine apart in small enough peices for the load limits of the chopper. it was amazing, we used slugger wrenches to loosen the nuts, and most of them could be removed by hand once they were broken loose! there were a few that were real stinkers....we had to pack out a few wrenches, and "customize" them back at the camp site to fit some of the more cramped spots....the first load out was 12 flywheel sections, weighing 2500 lbs, next was the rear section of the base, with the crank, and main caps...around 2100 lbs, then came the front half with the head, valve box, piston, and rod....1900 lbs. then came the 2 air tanks at 1100 lbs, each...then a couple more loads of misc parts.....then our helicopter supplied radio went dead as we were instructing the pilot to the last pick.........luckily, he got the final instructions, we were not able to hear his conformation

there is a mountain pass 3 miles (as the crow flies) and at the same altitude as the engine site, and we had 3 people, and 4 trailers there waiting for the engine, and misc. parts. though the top of the pass was only a few miles away, it took the mountain guys 2 hours to get there after the last pick....

it was the adventure of a lifetime! and i am glad to have been involved in rescuing this piece of historical gold mining equipment, so that future generations will be able to enjoy seeing it run....

does anyone know of any other fm take apart stationary engines?

here are a few more pics.....
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a few more pics......
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Who put it there? Must have been friends with John Henry and Paul Bunyan!
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what was the weight limit on them straps.I'd sure hate to see that crankshaft/flywheel assembly come falling down
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What an amazing story! Thanks for sharing!!

You just might have the only surviving one of these. Lauren Langdon is a collector of FM N series engines, and he was telling me about these a while back. That's a RARE engine, maybe the rarest FM engine in existence.
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Great story. Thanks
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