It's Not That Big And I Got It For Free!

The flywheels and block

Left to right: John McMenmoman, Jeff Klaverweider, and Bob Dowd, who looks like he is thinking, 'This one should have been mine!'

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98 Elm Street Huntington, New York 11743

The 10 HP Fairbanks Morse Y oil engine pictured in this story spent its life pumping water on an estate in Cove Neck, just over the hill from the Aviancia plane crash.

The engine was exposed to the weather, because the roof of the pump house burned off years ago. I found out about the engine from a fellow plumber who saw it while working nearby.

It took almost two years to find out who owned it and to get in touch with him. While at a Christmas function, a contractor friend told me his wite worked for the man who owned it. So, she called him over the holidays and talked to him. He told her that I could have the engine for the price of a before-and-after picture!

Before you move a 3,000 lb. engine from its rusting home, you need the following: plenty of strong engine buddies and a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

The first time we went, we pulled the piston and cylinder and any small parts. The second trip we brought our planks, chains and winches to get the flywheels and block out of the pit. It went really easy with all the help. The first thing we did on all our trips was to get permission from the Cove Neck police to be on all the private roads down to the beach.

After the ten mile trip to my house, we had to make room for my new baby.

We squeezed it into my one car garage alongside the Economy and popup camper. My wife loves it because it's not in our backyard!

Now the piston is soaking, along with the rest of the stuck parts. For now I can only make good on half my promise with the previous owner, because all I have is a before picture.

Hey, anyone selling Y parts? Please let me hear from you.