The Story of My 6 HP Fairbanks Morse

| March/April 2001

2240 S. 550 West North Vernon, Indiana 47265

In the spring of 2000 I picked up my GEM and found a 6 HP Fairbanks Morse in the local area. I made a phone call and the next day went down to investigate. It was pretty rusty, missing some parts, but still had potential. I did some wheeling and dealing, and several days later I decided this was the engine I wanted to rebuild.

I purchased the engine, brought it home, began my journey of restoring it. First thing I did was to have the magneto checked out by a good buddy of mine, Rex Miller. We added a few pieces here and there, charged the magneto, checked the spark, which was good. The next step was to remove other parts; checked the bearings, which were in excellent shape.

By this time, the fish were beginning to bite, which was my next best thing besides working on old engines. I put the Fairbanks aside while I fished and camped at Monroe Lake for the summer.

In October I started my task again, with the help of three good friends who had recently moved back to Indiana from FloridaHarold and Steve Wilkerson and Leviwho were very good at restoring and painting. When they saw the Fairbanks, they were intrigued, because they had never seen that kind of engine.

After a week of evenings of hard sanding and sore arms, Steve's girlfriend wanted to plant flowers in it, which I chuckled about and said, 'You have to be nuts!'