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Old 09-23-2005, 09:26:30 PM
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Hello,
I have located a Fairbanks air cooled 2 cylinder opposed engine. The fellow thinks it is from the '40's. He has only seen one other. Does anyone know anything about these? My 'google' did not turn up any info. I have not seen photos yet, but hope to get them the first week of Oct.
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dan, this maybe out of a fairbanks 40 b railway motor car.
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Old 09-23-2005, 10:03:16 PM
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Dan;

I saw one (or one similar) several years ago at the Paducah Kentucky show. It was sitting on a pair of saw horses and running very nice. I was told it came out of a railroad section car.

I think I have a picture of it "some place". I don't have time this evening to look it up and I'm going to an "All IHC Cub Show" tomorrow so it might be Sunday before I can DIG it out.

I have only seen the one.

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Stirling Hill Mining Museum has one in a section car used at the Stirling Hill Mine in Ogdensburg NJ. The Museum is at the site of the mine, and they give mine tours, and explain mining operations of the NJ Zinc Mining Co, which operated the Zinc mine here for over 100 years. For those who don't know, The mines at Ogdensburg and Franklin NJ have the greatest variety of flourescent minerals in the world. I donated a 1917 Hercules 5 E-K engine to them to run a rock crusher.
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Default Re: fairbanks 2 cylinder opposed engine

Havent seen one. I would like to see what it looks like though. Are they a rare bird?
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Very possible that it's an Onan power unit, FM retailed a lot of Onan stuff. I believe the earliest 2 cyl opposed Onan was about WW2 vintage.
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Interesting replies. Thanks. The fellow said that the other one he saw was running a cement mixer. I do not know how unusual they are, but I certainly will follow it up. It is complete and not seized.
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I would appreciate a photo to compare.
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How were they started? With a rope, crank, battery/starter? One or two flywheels? Are the spokes of flywheels fan blade shaped?
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Try a look under [Sheffield] in wendels book--or maybe Google.I had one--seemed like a early Fairbanks.
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I went to Google and used Sheffield motor cars or something like that. I tried several and don't remember exactly what I used, but I got some interesting history about Fairbanks Morse and Company.

I haven't had time to hunt up my picture yet (too busy researching). Try this link. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow.

http://www.ironhorse129.com/rollings.../sheffield.htm

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As promised, a picture of a two cylinder Fairbanks Morse section car engine. This picture was taken at the Paducah Kentucky (Carson Park) show in 1994. Let's see ------ that was about 11 years ago and I gave you poor information on what it was sitting on. After that long a time my memory starts getting a bit fuzzy. Instead of saw horses, it was sitting on a nice home made cart. The link above doesn't show any pictures of the engine, the one in my picture had Fairbanks Morse & Company, or Fairbanks Morse on the flywheel or crankcase.

Some of the information in the above article was taken from C. H. Wendels book (History of Fairbanks & Morse) and one is a full quote from the BYB. It is listed (as suggested by some one else, under Sheffield). The BYB has a picture of an engine that had L-head valves. The one in my picture at Paducah has over head valves.

The second picture is of an unknown engine and was taken at the St. Peters Missouri show in 1993. I have no idea what it was used for, or what it came off of, maybe some one that reads this can tell us ALL about it.

Now! I know more than I did before, but it's still a bit confusing.

Dick Brown, you're my Fairbanks expert, tell us all about this and get it straightened out. You might even know where the one I took a picture of at Paducah is or where it went.

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Default Re: fairbanks 2 cylinder opposed engine

I have one of the air cooled fairbanks like in the photo but do not have any more info mine has a starting crank biult right into it. and has the dixie mag like the one in the photo I have not had it running as of yet and would like to know the HP also thanks mitch
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Default Re: fairbanks 2 cylinder opposed engine

Dan did you ever find anymore info on your engine..?
I believe I may have a similar one to yours, check out this link for a few pictures.

http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=30844

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Default Re: fairbanks 2 cylinder opposed engine

I also purchased one of these engines a couple of months ago..however its a bit older then the ones pictured in the attatched link of the last post...Its a sheffield rail car engine or also Fairbanks Morse...I guess Fairbanks bought them out at some point. I would post some pics but I dont have it home yet..A friend of mine picked it up and will be delivering it to me in the spring... I was curious to know how many of these early Sheffield/Fairbanks engines still exist?

---------- Post added at 07:28 AM ---------- Previous post was at 07:26 AM ----------

My engine is like the picture on the right shown in Don Wileys post.
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Default Re: Fairbanks 2 cylinder opposed engine

Hi George, it seems to be a mystery, because like you and Dan, I haven't been able to find much if any info on them at all. Mine has no tags or markings at all except the word L-ynite on the top gas and oil chamber which is I believe aluminum, and the valves are on the bottoms of the heads on mine, pushrods are all internal. I believe I am missing the ignition system on mine though, from the pictures it looks like it used crank fired ignition system maybe like some of the maytags had, maybe a wico system or something similar, but then again, can't find any info on it so I will likely fabricate something to get it running.

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