Monday, October 24, 2016

Tuesday Torque: 6 Cylinder Fairbanks 32D

If the information in the comments is correct, this engine is 14" by 17", with 2517 cubic inches of displacement per cylinder.  These engines were used for powering generators and boats.  The description on YouTube states that these were used in submarines, but a search on the net did not substantiate that.  There were Fairbanks diesels used in subs, but evidently not the 32D model.


Merle Morrison said...

Air cooled? That's impressive!


jon spencer said...

Most of the FB's in subs were the opposed piston type. Many were the 38D 8&1/8".

Something is sticking in my memory that there were some FB's made that had smaller piston and strokes, but that could just be the years acting up.

David aka True Blue Sam said...

It's liquid cooled. The guy who put it on YouTube said that these were used in subs, and I repeated that, but it kept me awake a good bit of the night because it did not seem right. I read up on subs first thing this morning, and WWII sub service is downright sad. There is no way to know how many of our submariners died because of faulty torpedoes. The engines went through painful trial and error, too. Brave men all who went to war in those boats, and very little is known of their service.