Fairbanks-Morse 60 HP 2-Cycle Diesel Engine, Style-YVA





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Published on Aug 6, 2012

This engine was designed in 1925, built in 1927 and used to power a cotton gin in Alabama. In 2006, the engine was purchased and brought to the Thresherman's Park in Edgerton, WI with the intent to drive a line-shaft powered shop (Rock River Machine Shop), full of machining equipment as was done in the early 1900's.

The 14,913 lb engine sits atop 22 yards of cement that hold the 2,700 lb flywheel rigid during operation of its two cycle, 14" bore by 17" stroke, engine. The engine repeatedly moves a 750 lb piston & connecting rod, achieving a constant operating speed of 257 RPMs.

A small engine compresses 200 pounds of air used to start the large engine when accompanied by a cotton wick and fuel. The air tanks and small engine are located along the wall, below the cooling tower. An electric compressor has been incorporated as a backup system.

A cooling screen is used to help dissipate the water temperature as it enters the 900 gallon cooling tower. The water continuously circulates throughout the engine, cooling it, while the engine's rotary power drives a, flat belt driven, pump that circulates the water.

This engine was the first to incorporate a direct fuel injection system, feeding a pre-combustion chamber, eliminating the need for a "hot tube" which had previously been needed to start the engine's combustion.

Owned by Jim Faith - Monroe, WI

The 56th Annual Rock River Thresheree Reunion will be held over Labor Day weekend, August 31st - September 3rd, 2012, at Threshermen's Park in rural Edgerton, Wisconsin. View additional information at www.Thresheree.org.


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