An 1899 6 HP Fairbanks-Morse Type T Special Electric that was hard to pass up
Trip mechanism for the igniter that looks like a factory piece.
John Hamilton’s 1899 6 HP Fairbanks-Morse Type T Special Electric, bought off a farm in Ness County, Kan. Although it was highly modified and dirty, it looked solid, turned free, didn’t have rust and it was an upright – a major selling point for John.
Briggs & Stratton fuel tank
John got some help from his son, Mike, to reinstall the flywheels. Both were a little nervous about dealing with the split hub on a 440-pound flywheel.
John found a brass engine nameplate on eBay for $18, delivered. Even though this cylinder did not originally have a plate, it was too nice to omit.
A small L-bracket was made to hold the oiler to the outside of the crankcase and another small tube was added from the bottom of the oiler to the hole in the crankcase, making sure that the end of the tube touches the plate inside the crankcase.
A copy of an old ad showing the complete farm and home electric system offered by Fairbanks-Morse.
John’s wife, Arelene, standing with the finished engine. On the base, John typed out the engine’s history then had a sign company make a vinyl press-on sign, thus preserving the history with the engine. It’s in Oklahoma now, awaiting some fine tuning and a proper trailer or cart.