THE SLEEPING GIANT AWAKENS


| January/February 1973



Steel Beams

A. L. McGowan

Route 4, Box 379, Easley, South Carolina 29640.

This summer has been quite an experience on the subject of moving and restoring large diesel engines. In an earlier Gas Engine Magazine article, 'A Sleeping Giant', I discussed my discovery of a large Fairbanks Morse twin cylinder, (2) cycle, 300 R. P. M, 80 H. P., full diesel weighing 14 tons. The engine S/N is 632698 and was built October 29, 1925, in Beloit, Wisconsin. In this article I will relate my subsequent undertakings.

The first major project was to dig two (2) holes, 4 feet deep in this hard South Carolina red clay and build two (2) forms 18 inches high, and strong enough to support 8 yards of concrete. Naturally it rained several times before the concrete was poured and the holes had to be pumped out. Great care was required in making sure that the hold down studs were in the right location as there is no second chance when all that concrete sets up.

Usually there is not any one around when there is some concrete to be poured, but luck was with me on that day. A good neighbor, Douglas Moody, an engine tinker himself, volunteered to come over and help. A co-worker, Calvin Martin and his father appeared unexpectedly just as the hard part began. Without ever being introduced, Mr. Martin gave me a quarter to make change to pay for the concrete and with good clothes and all helped pull one end of a smoothing plank. It was my pleasure meeting and showing Mr. Martin my engines after the work was finished.

The hottest place I know is in the loft of an old tin building during the heat of the day. This is where I found myself last July when I was disassembling the large exhaust stack. I would say this was the hardest part of the whole project.

The next step was to raise the 'Sleeping Giant' from its foundation. This was accomplished by placing a hydraulic jack under the large flywheel and one under the governor end of the engine. After the engine was broken loose from the grouting it was just a matter of lifting one end and then the other until it was high enough to slide the large steel beams and rollers under it.