My Fairbanks Morse

| August/September 1992

  • 1935 Fairbanks Morse Engine

  • 1935 Fairbanks Morse Engine

P.O. Box 589 Lanesboro, Massachusetts 01237

August 1992 will mark one year of ownership of a 1935 Fairbanks Morse 'Z' style 'C' self oiling. I purchased the engine for $225 in non-running condition in New Ashford, Massachusetts, just a few miles north of my home. I purchased the engine at age 15 with the help of my parents. I am now 16 years old.

I sent the magneto to Illinois to be rebuilt. I cleaned the carburetor and flushed out the crankcase with kerosene. Surprisingly, the engine wasn't frozen up after sitting idle for over eight years. Since I got the engine running, I have enjoyed it very much. The engine came with the crank, but it starts up great with three or four revolutions by hand.

I have since purchased wheels for the engine.

A common question that a few other Fairbanks owners have tossed around with me on the 3 HP closed crank engine is, 'Why the different magneto style?' The earliest of the Fairbanks style 'C' had an RV1 magneto. The later style, around 1936, had a J1 B1, and the 1938 had a J1 B2 magneto. For all those Fairbanks owners, whom I hope to hear from, with engines that have straight gear teeth, your engine was made after the late 1920s, in preparation for the Fairbanks Morse magneto.

My engine is throttle governed. If you are at the Dalton, Mass., show in August, you will probably see me. And again, I hope to hear from you.

Danny Echols
9/30/2012 3:45:15 PM

40 years ago, I help a friend of mine get an old hit and miss engine running. Just the other day , I ran across his son and inquired about the old engine. He still had it and I was able to buy it. It has lost its spark, otherwise it seems to be in running shape. It's the 1938 model style C self oiling Z 3hp at 800rpm with the type FM J1B2 magneto. Does this magneto have an impulse spring?