Barnyard Fairbanks

| June/July 1987

  • Fairbanks-Morse 3 HP

  • Fairbanks-Morse 3 HP

7821 Dewberry Lane Cedar Hill, MO 63016

Once upon a time on a cold Sunday afternoon in December of 1985, the motor fever struck and the only remedy known to break this dreaded disease is to go engine hunting. So I called another one-lunger fan, Bob, and we hit the back roads checking farms.

The weather changed from just cloudy to rain, but what the heck. We continued the search with hope there just might be a lost beauty down the road or around the corn crib.

Bingo! On the next farm the owner said, 'There is one down behind the barn.' With that reply, how do you casually ask about taking a look and walking slowly down the hill? Anyway the three of us found the fine specimen turned upside down in about twelve inches of what the cows ate yesterday.

The engine was a Fairbanks-Morse 3 HP with one valve completely rusted off on the outside of the head, and the other parts indicating the jewel had been in the cow pow for several years.

When we discussed price, ten dollars made the engine look like it was almost ready for the Miss Missouri Pageant.