Tennessee Kentucky Thresherman Show Engines

| June/July 1990

720 Bell Road Antioch, Tennessee 37013

Sometime ago, about 1987, the membership and board of directors of the Tennessee Thresherman Show of Adams, Tennessee voted to buy two large Fairbanks Morse engines in Wyatt, Missouri. One was a Fairbanks Morse Co., Y style, V.A. 3 cylinder, 180 HP at 257 R.P.M., 36,600 pounds. The other was a Fairbanks Morse diesel, stationary, 4 cylinder, 240 HP at 257 R.P.M., style V.A., 46,000 pounds.

The engines were installed used in Wyatt, Missouri, by a Mr. Hunter Raffety in 1947 to furnish electricity for the town and a huge gin that he owned. About 1954 the town got their power from another source. The gin was sold and shipped by rail to California. The engines have been sitting there since that time in a cinder block building.

After going through some volunteers who failed to move the engines, it fell my lot to take the job and get the engines moved to our showgrounds. During our show in July 19891 recruited 15-20 workers. In August, on the work day, I had 12 people show up. I went prepared to stay two days but, with all the help, I got done by 3 p.m. that day.

We uncoupled generators, removed nuts from anchor bolts, took down all air and water pipes. The roof was steel trusses bolted to the blocks. We removed all nuts but four. I was going to lift the roof later.

In October 1989, I was able to get the haulers and a local crane service and some volunteers. We first removed the exhaust stacks and the complete roof, trusses and all. We then lifted the 4 cylinder out and onto a trailer. The crane then moved to the other side of the building and lifted the 3 cylinder onto another trailer. We then lifted the generators outside to be loaded onto another trailer. The next day miscellaneous parts, pipe exhaust stacks and other hardware were loaded onto a Tennessee Kentucky Show tractor and trailer and my truck and trailer.