A 15 HP Fairbanks-Morse lives the high life as a firefighter
Tom Nau making an adjustment to the Fairbanks-Morse.
The 1913 Fairbanks-Morse 15 HP.
Hand-starting match igniter, used for starting engines from 10 to 25 HP.
A closer view, with the magneto and lubrication reservoirs visible under the crankshield.
The hydrant in Rubicon, standing next to the brick building that housed the pump.
A side view of the Fairbanks-Morse. Notice the muffler on top, the clutch pulley assembly and the various drip lubricators.
The front view of the FM. The priming cup and match ignition assembly are on top of the cylinder head, the igniter is in the middle and the carburetor adjustments for kerosene and gasoline are just below.
The historical demonstration in Rubicon was to see how high the old and new equipment could shoot water. An old fireman’s tale says the 1913 FM pump was able to put enough water pressure out through the local fire hydrants that the water would shoot over the Catholic church steeple in the background.