A4-H Project


| October/November 1990



RD #5, Silo Hill Road Doylestown, PA 18901.

My friend, Jack, is a timberer and, along with another fellow, Dan, a 4-H leader of a group of boys and girls they instruct in small engine repair. These two vocations started a year of unexpected fun and learning for all.

Jack was timbering an area near Reading, Pennsylvania, which had a collapsed barn on the property. The owner had said Jack could have anything that was lying around. One day during a break, he noticed what appeared to be an old milk cooler con-denser just showing above the dirt. He passed it by, but it bothered him, as it just didn't seem right.

A couple of days later, curiosity got the best of him, so he went back for a second look. After a bit of digging and clearing, he saw the head and spark plug-with more digging, he cleared the flywheels.

He got the log skidder, attached a chain to the flywheels and you can imagine his surprise when he pulled out a Fairbanks Morse 2 HP model Z engine complete with cast iron base, 37? volt generator and water condenser. The sheet metal was rusted out, piston frozen and in general, what you might expect of an engine which had been buried 20 years or so.

It was taken home and at the next 4-H meeting the group, with a little encouragement from Jack and Dan, decided to make the rebuilding of this engine their next project. They freed the piston, dismantled the complete engine, repaired or made parts including reworking a valve and spring for the exhaust valve, sheetmetal and gas tank. The generator and magneto seemed about hopeless, so they were left for later.