It's Not That Big And I Got It For Free!

| November/December 1991

  • The flywheels and block
    Left to right: John McMenmoman, Jeff Klaverweider, and Bob Dowd, who looks like he is thinking, 'This one should have been mine!'
  • Work to pose for a picture
    John McMenmoman, Arnold Jones, Jeff Klaverweiden, and Bob Dowd stop work to pose for a picture.

  • The flywheels and block
  • Work to pose for a picture

98 Elm Street Huntington, New York 11743

The 10 HP Fairbanks Morse Y oil engine pictured in this story spent its life pumping water on an estate in Cove Neck, just over the hill from the Aviancia plane crash.

The engine was exposed to the weather, because the roof of the pump house burned off years ago. I found out about the engine from a fellow plumber who saw it while working nearby.

It took almost two years to find out who owned it and to get in touch with him. While at a Christmas function, a contractor friend told me his wite worked for the man who owned it. So, she called him over the holidays and talked to him. He told her that I could have the engine for the price of a before-and-after picture!

Before you move a 3,000 lb. engine from its rusting home, you need the following: plenty of strong engine buddies and a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

The first time we went, we pulled the piston and cylinder and any small parts. The second trip we brought our planks, chains and winches to get the flywheels and block out of the pit. It went really easy with all the help. The first thing we did on all our trips was to get permission from the Cove Neck police to be on all the private roads down to the beach.