We recently heard from Chris Romness of Box 127, Wanamingo, MN 55983, who has restored the Faribault engine on the opposite page. Information on the company, he tells us, has been hard to find.
Chris purchased the engine two years ago from Paul Thomsen of Lewistown, Montana. 'He had found it on an abandoned farm in the foothills of the mountains just west of Lewistown,' Romness writes. 'The only pieces missing on it were the carburetor and fuel pump.'
The fuel pump was copied from a Faribault engine originally owned by Andy Kruse which now belongs to Willmar Tiede of LeCenter, Minnesota.
'The carburetor was a different story, however. None of the three Faribault engines currently known to exist had their original carburetors. I was lucky enough to sniff out an original sales book which showed a cutout view on the internal workings of the carburetor and I had my Uncle Pete make a pattern and got one cast. Believe it or not, it doesn't work bad at all. As you can see, you change mixture by raising or lowering fuel level.'
The engine is serial number 575, a tank cooled 5 HP. Willmar Tiede owns a 6 HP tank cooled, serial number 626. 'Everything on Will-mar's is physically exactly the same,' writes Romness, 'in fact mine is 6**' bore and his is 6'. I suspect his being a little higher serial # it was just re-rated.' The other Faribault owner is Dale Hindahl of Byron, Minnesota who owns a 4 HP hopper cooled, serial number 878. Romness has heard unverified rumors of another one.
The Faribault Engine Manufacturing Co. of Faribault, Minnesota, appears to have been in business from about 1903 up to 1914 or 1915. 'As you can see,' continues Romness, 'they were a high quality built engine.'
MOUNTED on an all iron hand truck, it is strong but not unduly heavy, and can be easily drawn from place to place by one person without heavy lifting. Operates on the standard four cycle principle with fly ball governor and is hopper cooled. It is well suited for operating all classes of light machinery, such as cream separators, water pumps, ventilating fans, corn shellers, clippers, wood saws, feed grinders, meat choppers, ice cream freezers, air pumps, printing presses, smith shops, machine shops, etc.