MISCELLANEOUS


| June/July 1987

  • Rare Tractors

  • Blackburn Clutch-O-Grab
    Details of the Blackburn Clutch-O-Grab, a feature found on all three outfits (Patent Depending). Blackburn's method of power transfer worked better before the infamous Grease-A-Belt Lubricator experiments (which reduced drawbar horsepower to unmeasurable
  • Bronkophonic sound Suppressor
    Closeup of the Bronkophonic sound Suppressor-Part No. BS99W- on the F-3-Z. Note the liberal usage of readily available pipe fittings, allowing the Suppressor to be repaired in an emergency by dismantling your bathroom fixtures.
  • F-3-E failed the Manhattan Tractor Tests
    An early F-3-E failed the Manhattan Tractor Tests; it couldn't make a dent in the 5th Avenue hardpan. Later models probably did much better, if there were any.
  • F-3-Z was able to pull two plow bottoms
    New Jersey Tractor Test records confirm that the F-3-Z was able to pull two plow bottoms three inches deep through Lime Jello. The outfit was able to maintain this performance for one full minute before retiring with burned mounting rods and sheared compr
  • Foos engine

  • Fairbanks Morse Eclipse tractor
    The Fairbanks Morse Eclipse tractors pictured above belongs to Kenneth W. Fullmer of 732 Pennsylvania Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701. He has been collecting gas engines for some time and is quite proud of his collection of small horsepower gas engines.

  • Rare Tractors
  • Blackburn Clutch-O-Grab
  • Bronkophonic sound Suppressor
  • F-3-E failed the Manhattan Tractor Tests
  • F-3-Z was able to pull two plow bottoms
  • Foos engine
  • Fairbanks Morse Eclipse tractor

FAIRBANKS ECLIPSE #1

21/2 HP FOOS

This Foos engine was located near Bellefontaine, Ohio in 1979 by the great uncle of Craig T. Wiley, R.D. l, Box 270, Polk, Ohio 44866 who is the owner of this engine. He purchased it for $75.00. The piston had to be soaked several months and even then it was difficult to remove. He used some heat from an acetylene torch, a sledge and a special oak block which he turned on a lathe so as to just slip into the cylinder. A slight depression was turned in the end of the block so that the force of the blow would be around the edges-and not the center of the face of the piston. Skids and battery box were milled and constructed from poplar and duplicate the originals as much as possible. He guessed at the olive paint, but believes it to be close to the original. The lettering was barely visible on the working side of the engine, but smoke from the exhaust had completely covered and preserved it on the on the pulley side, which was cleaned and used to make a stencil from it. The engine has the original rings. It starts easily and runs well. Contact Craig if you would like more information on his Foos engine.