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Fairbanks 2 cylinder opposed engine


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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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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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Default Re: fairbanks 2 cylinder opposed engine

Try a look under [Sheffield] in wendels book--or maybe Google.I had one--seemed like a early Fairbanks.
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