25/6/14 FBM Marine Engine Q.. See the photo of a Fairbanks-Morse Type E Marine Engine, s/n M-7094 This engine was used on a clamming boat in the Rock River, here in Illinois. Is the engine oiled on the rod, and how? What is the proper color? Any information will be appreciated on this engine. Jesse A. Schryver, 502 E. Colden St., Polo, IL 61064
A. Yours is one of the scarce two-cycle marine engines built and sold by Fairbanks-Morse. We assume it used the usual oil-fuel mixture for lubricating the internal parts. Hopefully, one of our readers might have a manual that can be photocopied.
25/3/20 Wrench Several readers tell us that the unusual wrench in this query was original equipment for an old marine engine; the pins located in the handle were extra shear pins for the propeller.
Miniature Magnetos After about four years of winter time and nighttime work I finally finished a model of a 2 HP headless Witte engine. It runs good on a buzz coil, but I don't like buzz coils and batteries. If somebody out there could design a miniature magneto, I might be able to build it. I should be camped on the northwest hill at the Waukee Swap Meet on Friday and Saturday again this year, or you could send me your ideas. Thanks. Musky, Musky Machine & Pattern, RR 1, Box 254A, Garwin, IA 50632.
Kuebler Models Thanks to Mr. Bert Kuebler, 532 E. Parkland Ave., Evansville, IN 47711. He sends along several photos of some of his recent models.
Photos MM-1 and MM-2 illustrate a 1/16 model of the Reid engine. Everything was fabricated from scratch. It has a 3/8 inch bore and 3? inch flywheels. It took about three months to build. At first I installed steel balls for valves, but had trouble with leaking, so I ended up with regular valves. They have 1/16 inch stems and 15 degree heads. The engine runs good now. I burn gasoline and a glow plug ignition. The cylinder is made for water circulation like the big one. I made the head out of brass and it is removable, not like the big one. I made the muffler so I can adjust the exhaust down to control the speed, otherwise it runs too fast.
Photo MM-3 illustrates a free lance upright air-cooled engine. I purchased the flywheels and timing gears-the rest is all fabricated. It has a 1 inch bore and 4? inch flywheels.
Photo MM-4 shows a very small engine with a 3/8 inch bore and 3? inch flywheels. It is a hit-and-miss engine.
A small fan cooled engine is free lance (Photo MM-5). It has a 1 inch bore and 4? inch flywheels.
Photos MM-6 and MM-7 show an Atkinson engine model from the Joe Tochtrop castings. It was a little hard to make, and I do not recommend it for a beginner.
A Closing Word
Our apologies for the short column this month, but as we said at the beginning, we are running on a very tight schedule, both here at our office, as well as in the GEM offices. We hope you'll understand. Of course, anything that didn't make it this issue will come next time.
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