| August/September 1987

  • 52 cubic inch Fairbanks Morse
    This photograph is of my 1948, 52 cubic inch Fairbanks Morse and Goulds New Pyramid simplex pump.

  • 52 cubic inch Fairbanks Morse

22 South Cane Court  Houma, Louisiana 70360

The engine and pump were purchased at different times in west Texas and mounted as a unit after restoration.

The engine had originally run on natural gas so it was necessary to fabricate a fuel tank and needle valve assembly for operation on gasoline. As I wanted to drive the pump from the crank side of the engine, it was necessary to make a mounting adapter to attach the V-belt pulley to the flywheel spoke mounts and still keep the shaft free from the crank.

It is not as old as a lot of engines, but it will run all day with no attention except for fuel.

I enjoy and admire the 'old iron' but admittedly it is getting harder to find, especially in this area. I am currently president of the Bayou Old Time Engine and Power Association of Louisiana and am getting more involved with the hobby.