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Fairbanks Morse "H" engine/light plant


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Old 09-16-2009, 09:40:54 AM
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Default Fairbanks Morse "H" engine/light plant

I've never seen a type "H" engine/ light plant before. This looks like a very complete unit...If I was closer to it, I'd bid on it! E-Bay 270456476178
Looks a lot like the earlier "Morelite" units.
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Its too far away for me, too but I would like to have it or one like it.

I have a 1926 Fairbanks Morse Home Electric Light and Power Plants booklet that show these in some detail and they are pretty unique! (I thought my book showed the MoreLite, but it doesn't.)

Listed are a 750 watt and a 1500 watt units. The 750 has a shipping weight of 385 lbs., the 1500 is listed as 610 lbs. These weights do not include the battery and the plant was available with or without battery.

The 750 runs at 2000 rpm and has a 1 gallon fuel capacity and .4 gallon oil reservoir capacity.

The 1500 has a 2 gallon fuel capacity and .61 for oil reservoir and runs at 1800 rpm. This would seem to be an engine unit at least capable of spinning at the proper speed for 60 hz a.c. but no a.c. is mentioned in my book. I wonder if any later models had a.c. generators or were they all strictly d.c. as shown in my literature?

The units shown in my pamphlet show a timer and a model T buzz coil mounted inside an end cover. No magneto is shown or discussed ,as far as I can see but obviously, magnetos became available.

Doesn't that "R" magneto look exposed sticking out there? I guess when these were in use, they were bolted down somewhere and not getting kicked around on a trailer or in a garage.

Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Looks like somebody else saw it and really means business: "Reserve Met".
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse "H" engine/light plant

It is not the "Mor-Lite". I have one of those units and this is the latter version. I can't find my book right now, but it is in the 100 years of Fairbanks Morse.
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In the third picture you can see that they welded it recently.
Kind of strange.
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse "H" engine/light plant

If it has been welded on, it is probably to "fix" a broken hinge on the top cover. I don't have the ability to see up that close but the last photo from inside the cover shows a possible weld. You can also see from that photo the cover hinges open and then can slide off the hinge pins.

If there has been a weld, hopefully the piece would have been welded while removed from the unit, avoiding stray currents running through critical areas of the engine and generator.
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