Smoke Rings


| July/August 1984



3 HP Fairbanks

Jennifer Hill

Now for the funny part! I had been hounded to sell it and turned down all offers, since it was the only sideshaft I had and a small one to boot. One party that was interested in buying the engine asked if I would be at the farm the next day, and I said 'probably'. I stayed away from the farm the following day. About 4:00 this person came to my house and told my wife he had bought the engine from me but couldn't find me, and was wondering about leaving the money and taking the engine. He got the engine, Ruth got the money, and I got the shaft (not the side shaft). Yes, she kept the money! 'It's all in the family anyway,' she explained. (Andy sounds like a good sport, who loves his wife.)

This picture is of a new subscriber, who may have become our youngest, this May. Her name is JENNIFER HILL, 13127 W. Watson Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63127 and she turned 3 years old in May. The engine is a 3 HP Fairbanks she got from her grandpa, who worked with her dad to restore it. She reports, 'I have shown my engine at the Arch Show, May 20, 1984. I received an exhibitor ribbon and button for showing my engine. I belong to the Ill-Mo Tractor & Engine Club, Inc.' Welcome to Engine Land, Jennifer!

Very interested and seeking information, this communication comes from MRS. EUGENE BERG, R.R.2 Wege Road, Appleton, Wisconsin 54915: 'My husband and I just purchased an Eagle 6B tractor. As far as we have been able to find out, these tractors were built around 1936 by the Eagle Manufacturing Co. of Appleton, Wisconsin. The tractor has all its original parts and we want to restore it to its original condition. We would like to gather as much background information as possible about the tractor and Eagle Manufacturing Co. We also need to know what the original color is, where we can get a picture of it in color, if there is a possibility of getting decals for it. We would greatly appreciate any information you can give us.' (How about it friends, can you help these folks)?

An interesting letter comes which may be of interest to many from MYSTIC SEAPORT MUSEUM, Nancy d'Estang, Shipyard Research, Mystic, Connecticut 06355: 'The Shipyard of the Mystic Seaport Museum is restoring a Gloucester fishing schooner from 1921. Originally, she had installed a 1923 Fairbanks Morse 100 HP marine engine a diesel engine CO, made in Michigan. That is all of the information we have.

'Is there anyone who has a collection of old Fairbanks Morse catalogues from which we could get specifications on these engines? Specifically, we need to know the diameter of the propeller shaft and the crank shaft before we can correctly rebuild the 'shaft log'. We have contacted the company, but their records were destroyed 25 years ago when the marine division was consolidated in Beloit, Wisconsin.

(I hope someone out there will be able to help you, Nancy, so watch the mail!)