LET THERE BE LIGHT


| April/May 1986



Electric Kerosene Details

DIAGRAM 2 HEAD DETAILS

26 Mott Place, Rockaway Borough, NJ 07866

This story started at the North Jersey Antique Engine and Machinery Club's 5th annual show held in July, 1984. Our show has been held at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show Grounds in Frankford Township, New Jersey, on its own, and a second smaller demonstration is given at the Farm Show itself usually held in August.

I was talking to one of my fellow exhibitors, George Haun of Hones-dale, Pennsylvania, about all the usual engine show stuff, when he happened to mention that he knew where a Fairbanks Morse Home Light Plant was located and for sale. I wasn't really interested as I already owned an old 25 volt generator belted up to a 1920 IHC type M 1 HP kerosene burner, that was used in a service station in New York. However, I told him that I would keep him in mind in case anyone else in the club would be interested. He also mentioned that he was looking for a small hit and miss engine in good running condition. I didn't have anything for sale at the time, so I told him that I would keep my eyes open on both items for him.

About 2 weeks after the show I was contacted by an elderly gentleman who said he had a Stover CT-2 hit and miss engine for sale. He had bought it in Texas used, in 1942, and had rebuilt it for use on a well drilling rig. The Stover had been put in storage in the late '40s when the man moved to New Jersey, and had not been used since. A new spark plug, Wico EK Hi-Tension leadout tower, fresh fuel and a governor adjustment soon had it popping along.

In early August George called to ask a couple of questions about an engine he had bought. He also inquired about the FBM power plant, was anybody interested? I told him that I didn't know of anyone at the time but that I had the CT-2 for sale. We talked for a while and George suggested that maybe we could work out a trade. The next local show in our area that we both would be attending was the fall 'Jacktown Show' held at the Jacktown Community Center in Bangor, Pennsylvania. This fine show has been held twice a year, in July and October, for more than 13 years. It is put on by The Blue Mountain Antique Gas and Steam Engine Association, a fine group of old iron buffs.

I brought the Stover, George brought the Fairbanks-Morse, and I think we both went home happy with our 'new' possessions!