|Engine fell off the blocks and chased...
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - 09:26 pm: ||
I now have the Fairbanks Morse engine that my dad bought in 1940 for $25. I believe it to be a Type E #M4810.
My dad had it up on blocks some time in the 50s, hooked up to the wooden box coil and a battery. It had not been run for over a decade, but to his surprise it started, vibrated off the blocks, landed on the crankcase drain petcock and the rim of the flywheel, and started running in circles on the porch. I laughed when he told me how he was trying to pull wires loose while jumping in and out of the engines path. He got the petcock repaired but I don't think he ever put the two hand grip on that flywheel again.
Now I live in the Fl Keys and need info before trying to start her again. Lesson learned, so this time I built a welded steel engine stand.
I think it runs on gasoline, but do I have to add some kind of addative to simulate older leaded fuel. Anything else I should do before I do that two handed flywheel thing my dad warned me not to do. Al the Cudjoe Codger, Cudjoe Key Fl
Post Number: 302
|Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 08:16 am: ||
No you don't have to add anything to simulate lead - that's been proved to be a myth. The only reason tetraethyl lead was added in the 1920's, was that it was the cheapest way to increase the octane rating for higher compression engines to prevent pre-ignition.
I don't think your engine is a high compression ( 9:11 or higher)
Just make sure it is good, new fuel, not stuff that's been lying around for a month or two.
As I've said before, most carburetor problems are electrical, so it is very important to make sure you've got good reliable spark.
Of course the , after so many years, you probabaly ought to make sure the carb and its float are OK too.
Any chance of getting a picture or two?
Post Number: 192
|Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2007 - 02:20 pm: ||
And of course you might want to put a squirt or two of oil down the spark plug hole and turn the engine over some, as well as mixing oil in your fuel. Not sure what the recommended ratio is these days...
Post Number: 7
|Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 07:15 pm: ||
helo, just got a FM E I think and I dunno nutthing bout it