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I just bought a fairbanks morse 1.5 hp engine


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Old 08-10-2006, 02:26:53 AM
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Default I just bought a fairbanks morse 1.5 hp engine

i just bought this from ebay
it is my first engine and i do not know anything about these things yet
please any help would be appreciated
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Old 08-10-2006, 07:40:41 AM
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Default Re: hi i just bout a fairbanks morse 1.5 hp engine

Fairbanks Morse built more than 1 type of 1 1/2hp engine. You might want to do a search for Fairbanks on this site. You'll find posts with pictures that will help you identify which you have. (This site is HUGE...you won't believe all the information you can turn up)

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There is a warning about this hobby though......start clearing space because one engine always seems to lead to another............and another.........and another........and...........

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Default Re: hi i just bout a fairbanks morse 1.5 hp engine

thanks gents i will post more information about this engine once it arrives
as it is in transit
i do have some pics of it from the ebay auction i won it on i tried to post them but seemed to have had an error in posting them

as for space= i think a 200 foot long by 90 foot wide by 60 feet high shop with 2 levels might suffice
however are these things as addictive in collecting and tinkering with as my military vehicle collection if so i might have problems
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Default Re: hi i just bout a fairbanks morse 1.5 hp engine

Here are pictures of Earnie's engine



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Old 08-13-2006, 01:22:03 PM
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Default Re: hi i just bought a fairbanks morse 1.5 hp engine

I am in a similar situation

I just bought a 2HP STOVER CT-2 nadplaced in my garage today

I just joined this forum today

I am trying to start this engine

I guess you do not need a battery for the spark?

I can not yet find how to post so I ma trying this route

Any help would be appreciated

THANKS
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Default Re: hi i just bout a fairbanks morse 1.5 hp engine

[QUOTE=Neale Behm]Here are pictures of Earnie's engine



It appears to be an older restoration of a 1-1/2 hp ZA of about 1920 vintage. A serial number is stamped into the raised boss on the front, top of the water hopper. The year of the engine can be easily derived from this number.

The head and carb don't have much paint and the exhaust rod and throttle control rod aren't in sight suggesting that it might have been in the process of a little head work when it got "put out to pasture" in one way or another.

The rust may not have had much effect but after tackling numerous very rusty Fairbanks carbs and heads, I can say that this engine's head and carb would be in my electrolysis tank at first chance, if it was my engine. There are other good ways to deal with it too.

The American Bosch AB-33 magneto (most likely) has the "farmer's fix" magnet like several I own. The non-original horseshoe magnet is a common "solution" to inability to figure out the AB-33/34's unusual plate magnets. Only problem is that a little "pruning" is usually required, making complete restoration of original magnets problematic unless the slight loss of material is o.k.

It probably even worked for a while but looks to be bereft of it's ground brush and sparkplug wire leadout tower at this time so will require at least a minimum of attention before it will spark.

While not too rusty, this engine shows some of the classic signs of what happens to an engine that is "restored". It got all cleaned up and NOT left all covered with years of grease and oil. Result: Not much protection from moisture and then comes: RUST ! No-can-do this in the Pacific Northwest, where I am. I oil virtually all of my iron, painted or not, even my stored junk.

Well those are a few things that I can see on this nice little engine. As always, watch out for the magneto bracket/governor assembly. While the cast iron ones are much better than the pot-metal one's, all of them can break pretty easily.

Think: "Electrolysis" !! Life is beautiful.........
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Default Re: hi i just bought a fairbanks morse 1.5 hp engine

thanks for the info kid dynamo
i sent you an email
as soon as it arrives i plan to use a penetrating oil called " AEROKROIL "
on every nut bolt and screw this thing has
i do know now that the governor/magneto bracket is broken and will need replaced
i would like to get the mag rebuilt
i see that kidynamo lives in seattle= maybe if im nice could ask about the cleaning of the carb and head
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