FAIRBANKS RESTORATION

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300 Yampa Street, Bakersfield, California 93307

Pictured is a 15 HP Fairbanks-Morse engine that I have restored.
It is permanently mounted on a trailer that I built from scratch
and is belted to a centrifical pump that circulates water. Out here
in the west at the turn of the century the water table was shallow
and this type irrigation pumping was a familiar sight.

I found this engine in Fresno, California and it was on a cement
block in front of a service station as an ornament for about twenty
years. This station was being shut down and the engine had to be
moved and I came on the scene at the right time. Thank the
Lord!

Before this time this engine had pumped water out of a canal in
this area. The only real restoration problem was about forty coats
of paint and a water jacket full of sand, because they had cooled
it with ditch water. This engine was in very good condition. I
believe that with the water jacket full of sand it got hot and quit
running and they believed they had ruined it.

I have had it at many shows, it runs very good and best of all
it starts so easily.

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