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Paul Pless
05-13-2012, 12:36 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=q_0xifuTqVA

Canoeyawl
05-13-2012, 03:10 PM
I enjoy those engines...
Here is an old Enterprise Direct Reversable showing the sliding camshaft. No transmision, the propellor shaft is direct coupled to the crankshaft.
After watching a little log tug work into a dock in an iced in bay in Homer, Alaska I'll never forget that sound or the smoke rings. It was cold enough that the smoke rings went straight up for a hundred feet or more before they dissipated.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhozHs7awMI

Canoeyawl
05-13-2012, 03:18 PM
Here's another...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu-OLgQhEBE

Paul Pless
05-13-2012, 04:40 PM
Here's another cool one. . .


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBOJ779LtBM

skuthorp
05-13-2012, 04:46 PM
:d:D

moTthediesel
05-13-2012, 09:48 PM
That big old FM is just wonderful!

When folks complain about my old diesels I always tell them that we're all carbon-based lifeforms, so the smoke must be good for us :d

skuthorp
05-13-2012, 09:50 PM
BF's little bronze Blaxland belongs in here too.
A local has a big Pratt and Whitney radial engine mounted on a trailer, boy is that loud!

Nicholas Scheuer
05-14-2012, 08:38 AM
My wife says F-B was headquartered at S Beloit, IL (she was raised on a nearby farm), however their current website, including their company history tab doesn't specify locations, current or otherwise. Anybody know whether S Beloit was their HQ?

Paul Pless
05-14-2012, 08:41 AM
Pretty interesting history available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairbanks-Morse

Fairbanks Morse was the most recognizable company name in the world from the 1850's until the 1920's when Ford displaced them. Most famous for the platform scale which their founder invented.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Fairbanks_platform_scale.jpg

Portland
05-14-2012, 10:39 PM
A classic http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=semi-diesel+blues+you+tube&docid=4598896941137945&mid=612365681E5C2325890C612365681E5C2325890C&view=detail&FORM=VIRE3

leikec
05-14-2012, 10:50 PM
Pretty interesting history available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairbanks-Morse

Fairbanks Morse was the most recognizable company name in the world from the 1850's until the 1920's when Ford displaced them. Most famous for the platform scale which their founder invented.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Fairbanks_platform_scale.jpg


http://algomacentral.railfan.net/images/Oldies/milw_c_liner.jpg

A Fairbanks Morse C-Liner locomotive, built in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Jeff C

ChaseKenyon
05-15-2012, 12:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=q_0xifuTqVA



too cool!

with headphones
Mesmerizing!

Canoeyawl
05-15-2012, 09:35 AM
The #1 cylinder is sort of hit and miss, only seems to respond when the governor opens up.
I wonder if it is an injector issue or a compression problem? It has probably been juist sitting for the last fifty years...

Bob Adams
05-15-2012, 09:42 AM
I could be wrong, but I think those engines had cylinders cut out according to load and/or rpm.

Canoeyawl
05-15-2012, 09:49 AM
Governor details are here.

http://www.oldengine.org/docs/FM_32E_OM.pdf (http://www.oldengine.org/docs/FM_32E_OM.pdf)

SamSam
05-15-2012, 10:17 AM
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Back in 2004 or so I worked for a few months at the Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island. I had free time and wandered around going into every empty building I could without having to break and enter too much. I was astounded after entering here...

http://www.eldensengines.com/F-M%20Power%20Station/Exterior%202.JPG

and finding this...

http://www.eldensengines.com/F-M%20Power%20Station/FM_2cyl_B_M.jpg


I am so glad to see the Georgia University system, the State of Georgia, the Georgia DNR didn't just scrap it all. Not that they wouldn't have, it's just that someone else came up with a plan....

http://www.eldensengines.com/F-M%20Power%20Station/F-M%20Power%20Station.html


In the site cited above, there is a tug called "Barely Made It" with a caption wondering if there's a story to it. I had to ride on it a few times to help bring things like a load of new golf carts out to the island (not really needed, but the budget had a surplus at years end and it was a 'use it or lose it' type of thing. Also, if it wasn't used, next year's budget would be cut back. Govt. agencies, I try not to think about them) and talked to the Captain/owner. He's been doing the tug/barge thing for years, there is a continious sustained yield logging operation going on there and the DNR, University and State also need stuff hauled back and forth. I think the name comes from the fact he made the tug himself, combined with the fact that living here can be pretty hardscrabble at times.

Garret
05-15-2012, 10:25 AM
That F-M would be a perfect engine for a Caledonia!

Garret
05-15-2012, 10:33 AM
A classic http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=semi-diesel+blues+you+tube&docid=4598896941137945&mid=612365681E5C2325890C612365681E5C2325890C&view=detail&FORM=VIRE3

Loved it!

Canoeyawl
05-15-2012, 12:05 PM
There is a single cylinder Fairbanks Morse power plant at the Grand Canyon.
Probably 50-60 horsepower, you have to crick your neck to look up at the cylinder head.

In it's own building, eclipsed by modern times it looks just like the day it was installed almost a hundred years ago. When I last saw it, completely abandoned and no longer used, it was in danger of being discarded.
It looked like it would start right up, that desert climate is good to machinery.

ChrisBen
05-16-2012, 03:43 PM
Another gem from,
Charles W Morgan Restoration; A Volunteer's Perspective-1 - Page 16 (http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?109593-Charles-W-Morgan-Restoration-A-Volunteer-s-Perspective-1/page16)

http://youtu.be/8AkrRNXRhTo