SmokStak

Engine Therapy

| September/October 2002

  • 16 HP Galloway
    Dave Rotigel stands in front of the dedicated trailer he made for his 16 HP Galloway.
  • Blow Smoke

  • 12 HP Root & Vandervoort
    Patrick Livingstone and his 12 HP Root & Vandervoort.

  • 16 HP Galloway
  • Blow Smoke
  • 12 HP Root & Vandervoort

Besides the blowing of smoke, shooting flames and exhausting gas, another dimension of stationary engines has emerged: The successful, therapeutic healing of a momentarily overwhelmed member of the group.

As ever, various individuals started, commented on and concluded the following bulletin board thread, which can be found on SmokStak on the Internet at: www.engineads.com/smokstak.cgi

I always wanted a big engine and I've seen lots of them at the shows. Boy oh boy! They always make great showpieces! When I had a chance to buy this Fairbanks-Morse 15 HP Type Z, I had that happy feeling you get when bringing home an old engine. After a while, I began to understand that the bigger the iron and the more weight, the harder it is to work on. The engine is now broken down so it can be moved - and I don't even have a trailer yet that can support it.

After two years, I'm going to have to make up my mind to either put it all together (maybe on a skid) or trade it off for something smaller. What has my emotions mixed, is that it is a Fairbanks-Morse and that's my favorite. Anyone else feel this deep about their old iron, or am I just carried away? - Fairbanks Kid



Big engines? I wimpier every time I think about moving my little Cushman cub. I don't know how something so small can be so heavy. - Steve

I've got two of those things and I load the one that I show on and off the trailer with a come-along. It's easy when I put 1-inch pipe under the skids. Sometimes I put 4 x 4s under the flywheels and roll it off the trailer with the plug taken out to relieve compression. It is easier to unload if your unloading site is close to the same height as your trailer, but it would be better if the big one had its own trailer.



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