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Restoring a 5hp Fairbanks-Morse Z

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by Gas Engine Magazine Staff

 

 

1938 Fairbanks-Morse 5hp Z Style B

Manufacturer: Fairbanks, Morse & Co., Beloit, WI
Year: 1938
Serial No.: 807471
Horsepower: 5hp @ 600rpm
Bore & stroke: 4-3/4in x 6in
Flywheels: 21-1/16in x 2-3/8in
Ignition: Spark plug with Fairbanks-Morse RV 1 high-tension magneto
Fuel: Gasoline
Governing: Throttle
Cooling: Hopper


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I would like to share this restoration of a 1938 5hp Fairbanks-Morse Z Style B engine. The engine was originally purchased from Mark Wiggins in Oregon and restored by Bill Fisch of Cottonwood, California, and Richard Jackson of Shingletown, California. The whole project excluding the truck took approximately six weeks. It was a fantastic day when we fired up this beautiful engine.

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Restoring this engine was a new experience for me. I have mechanical abilities, but I’d never taken a Fairbanks down to the last cotter pin. I owe a lot to Mark and Bill, and to Gas Engine Magazine for photos, information, and referrals.

Richard Jackson
Shingletown, California


Thanks for sharing, Richard. The last photo shows what you started with. Nice job! – Editor


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Published on Mar 13, 2019

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