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FAIRBANKS ECLIPSE #1

21/2 HP FOOS

This Foos engine was located near Bellefontaine, Ohio in 1979 by
the great uncle of Craig T. Wiley, R.D. l, Box 270, Polk, Ohio
44866 who is the owner of this engine. He purchased it for $75.00.
The piston had to be soaked several months and even then it was
difficult to remove. He used some heat from an acetylene torch, a
sledge and a special oak block which he turned on a lathe so as to
just slip into the cylinder. A slight depression was turned in the
end of the block so that the force of the blow would be around the
edges-and not the center of the face of the piston. Skids and
battery box were milled and constructed from poplar and duplicate
the originals as much as possible. He guessed at the olive paint,
but believes it to be close to the original. The lettering was
barely visible on the working side of the engine, but smoke from
the exhaust had completely covered and preserved it on the on the
pulley side, which was cleaned and used to make a stencil from it.
The engine has the original rings. It starts easily and runs well.
Contact Craig if you would like more information on his Foos
engine.

  • Published on Jun 1, 1987
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