Fairbanks Morse Eclipse
Some heavy bead blasting to do here on the base and the pump.
I managed to get the 1-1/4" pipe stub out of the base of the hand pump. Gibbsed it, torched it, cooled it re Gibbsed it, re torched it. I had the stub locked in my bench vise and using the pump arm as a lever through the holes where the spout fits, gave it the heave - ho! That has to be the toughest take-apart situation ever!
The plan is to align bore the bottom of the pump cavity to accept the plunger from a standard well pump cylinder. The whole thing will then be mounted on a plank with a pail in a continuous flow loop, using 1-1/4" pipe and a check valve underneath.
I used a N.O.S. KW-Coil for the buzz coil ignition that I had picked up on eBay. It didn't work very well in testing and
the contacts were sparking a lot. Damned if they weren't installed upside down so that one of the points was up and out. After changing this over, it produced an extremely hot spark. No wonder it was in new unused condition!
Another problem of note: upon the first test run, the mixer adjustment was quite erratic. When attempting to start it for a second time, it wouldn't go at all. No fuel! The problem turned out to be a jammed foot valve in the fuel pick up. Burnishing the check gate into its socket cleaned up the surfaces and made it work properly. There is a 1-2-3 marked on the mixer adjustment screw top. Start on 1 and run it on 3 after a warm-up.
Funny thing, I got the battery box from Charlie at the Portland Swap Meet a year earlier. See how these things tie together? Ironic!
CLICK HERE for Fairbanks Morse manuals and catalogs.
This page is provided as a public service, but it is supported by your purchases
at our Old Engine bookstore. Please check it out.
Quilters: check out my wife's Quilting Books.
Or, buy videos, games, toys and books for the kids at BookMouse.com
There's a WHOLE LOT more to this site so click and cruise around!
SCRAM back to Harry'sPage!
Published by Harry F. Matthews © 1995 - 2000. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED!