The Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club

And

Their Genset

  

Here are a couple of photos of the Fairbanks when it arrived in the club's neighborhood.  

Right after the truck arrived and for the next week, we got 31 inches of snow so the engine and truck sat at the driver's house until the show grounds dried out.

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Below are some photos of the intrepid crew unloading the engine at the Club's showgrounds on April 13, 2007.  The snow was gone but the temperature was 40 and windy.

  

Let's see.......Cribbing, check.  Heavy stuff, check.  Forklift, check.                                                 Watch yer toes!                                                   

  

Gotta big forklift......this should be easy!                               GRUNT!  Hmmm, I don't think it can quite lift the monster.

  

Mr. Forklift got a little help from his buddy, Mr. Loader.

The guys stand back tryin' to look unconcerned while the buddies ever so carefully balance and move in unison to get Mr. Engine in his spot beside the road.

  

Now all that needs to be done is to finish unloading the truck and go for coffee.

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May 14, 2007:

The Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club guys are hard at it!  

  

  

    

The volunteers got the concrete poured for their genset and Ed says that they are going to start assembling it on the base on the 21st.  Maybe we can talk 'em into making a video of the first start!

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May 21, 2007:

Here are some photos of where we were as of May 21.  We set the engine on it's new base.  The flywheel is to pe put on in a couple of days.  Ed Wharton says, "There is a lot of work to be done be for first smoke.  We want it to be right.  The boom truck did pick the engine up but was too light in front to steer so with a little help we got r done."

 

Out of retirement, the Club's ex-Army boom truck was put to work again.

 

Preparing to lift the engine.

It IS kinda heavy but with some help from it's friends, the engine got moved.

  

               Eaaaaaasssyyyy does it!                         With the engine in place, the flywheel

                                                                           was moved to the engine.

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May 23, 2007:

Dry ice was packed around the shaft for two hours and four wedges driven into flywheel and the wheel slid on easy!  Then the whole works was lowered to the base and readied for grouting.

     

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May 30, 2007:

The alternator and exciter armature are mounted to the crankshaft.

  

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July 10, 2007:

Ed Wharton sent the following photo showing the whole group together with the genset as it was at the time of their July show.

 

Photo of the bunch that went to Georgia:

From left, Don Burkholder, Ken Kepiro, Wayne Johnson, Larry Lipps, Bob Sergeff, Ladimir Kubichek, Ed Wharton, Frank Luecke and Tom Boos.

 

 

Here's a shot of the tools and the genuine Fairbanks Z starting air compressor that has been added to the exhibit.

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Early Fall 2008:

Well, Ed Wharton says the gang has been busy in the intervening months.

The engine and generator are set-up and the house is moving toward completion.

  

Preparing to pour the floor.

  

"Working the mud"                                                              Finishing work.

This is a real professional installation with grating for the piping.

Ed's kinda mum about when he thinks they're gonna make smoke.  Probably during the 2009 season.

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Mid November 2008:

Just heard from Ed and the guys.  They've been busy and finished the house just before the first snows.  Lookin' good, guys!

  

Now they can get going with the cooling system, fuel tank and air start gear.  With a little work this winter, it ought to be making smoke in 2009.

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August 2012:

I finally got a video of the engine running.  The club did a nice job on the building and installation and a really first class job on the restoration of the engine and generator.

Great work, guys!

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Here's a link to the club's website

http://www.ashtabulaantiqueengineclub.com/