He Does the Work, I Hand Him the Tools!

By Staff
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Lakes Bedford, Kentucky 40008

David Pirtle and I really look forward to each issue of GEM.
Personally, I’m glad that young people like him are interested
in this hobby. Also, he and I are drawn closer together, as he does
the work on these engines and I hand him the tools!

At right, Dave relaxes with the 6 HP Fairbanks Model Z owned by
George Thomas of Hanover, Indiana.

This is the first time it has run, and everything worked
correctly after many idle years. The major accomplishment was the
rebuild on the fuel pump and complete overhaul of the

Other odds and ends included removing bearing play (removed many
shims), new buzz coil wires and spark plug. It is still a little
rough around the edges but, it is in good working order now. What
better way to enjoy a fall evening and sense of accomplishment than
to listen to the melodious rhythm of an old engine.

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