Monday, July 3, 2017

Tuesday Torque: Fairbanks Eclipse Pumping Engine

One of the jobs that gas engine had on the farm was pumping water. Livestock and the home needed lots of water, and the wind didn't always blow.  Back in the 1960's one of the engine hunting methods was to check old windmills, and once in a while you would find an engine sitting there. This little Eclipse is more than a century old, and the fellow who was showing it at Evansville told me a little bit about it. He had it in his shop for a long time, but didn't fool with it because the carburetor was missing. One day a friend came by and insisted that they start in on restoring it, and they found the carburetor had been sitting in the water hopper all along.

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