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Fairbanks-Morse Model Z

Fairbanks Morse Model Z 

This 1923 Fairbanks-Morse Model Z open crank 3 hp engine was on my grandmother’s farm for many years. It sat down on the creek and was used to pump water from the creek up to the cows. In 1989, I brought it to my place in Wichita and started restoring it. It was by this time just a pile of rust. For a long time I would go out every day and spray it with WD-40 and would start turning the bolts a quarter turn until eventually they came out. I took it apart piece by piece and laid them out on the table.

I finally got it restored on April 25, 1990. It is all original including the glass oilers. I also restored the little Maytag engine seen in the pictures, then had a friend build the wagons to mount them on. They were on the parade and on display at the Haysville, Kansas, Fall Festival for many years.

Jerry Kimzey
Wichita, Kansas

Fairbanks Morse Z