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Old 02-26-2016, 09:59 AM   #1
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Here you go Diesel Duck, a lightweight version of the Fairbanks Morse, 120hp and perfect for your next Duck

8 tons of ballast would work perfectly in my next boat but I wouldn't get over 7 knots - perhaps you could get 8! Engines like this should run forever, and at 5 grand how could you go wrong????
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:46 AM   #2
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That weighs as much as my boat.
What's ideal about that?
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:48 AM   #3
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Just think how well ballasted your Willard would be - haha. Of course you would only have about 4 inches of freeboard!
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:49 AM   #4
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Fine piece of machinery, I remember from my Navy days operating and doing maintenance on a Fairbanks Morse 12 cylinder emergency diesel generator, 6 cylinders on top and 6 on the bottom, no telling how much it weighed.
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:18 AM   #5
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"Built in 1940 and parts are available." VOLVO could take a lesson from those people, instead of their "we no longer support this product" response to owners of VOLVO engines.
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:45 PM   #6
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I like the "120 hp at 450 rpms"! 450?!? The blue twins won't even idle that slow!
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Old 02-26-2016, 02:01 PM   #7
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450rpm .... Who cares? Does it push the boat .. that is the question.

I worked in a mining camp/town in western Alaska that had a 6 cylinder FM much like the subject of this thread. We had hydro at the time so never heard it run. Was backup then (1959).

At another mine I worked in on Bristol Bay we had an Enterprise 16 X 20 8 cyl that ran at 327rpm. It started w compressed air and you knew it was running (had started) when the chief engineer shut off the air valve and the engine continued at 40-50rpm. We had a 24hr preheat drill. 300 gallon dry sump lube oil system. The Enterprise was a fairly new engine at the time.
Also in the same powerhouse was a pair of old locomotive engines comparable in power to the Enterprise and a DD 8-268A. With the blower in front .. not on the side of the engine. My father once had a 100' wood boat that had the same engine.
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Product support? Fairbanks Morse has been out of business for decades.
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Here you go Diesel Duck, a lightweight version of the Fairbanks Morse, 120hp and perfect for your next Duck

8 tons of ballast would work perfectly in my next boat but I wouldn't get over 7 knots - perhaps you could get 8! Engines like this should run forever, and at 5 grand how could you go wrong????

Now that's what I call "BIG Iron!" Thanks for posting it mb.
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Is that an opposed piston engine like the larger FM'S? Parts used to be available from Hatch and Kirk in Seattle.
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Back when I worked in gas compressor stations I watched mechanics hone cylinders of a CooperBessemer with there back against the other side and a peice of sandpaper in there hands. 45 degree cross hatch pattern. Interesting.
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:21 PM   #13
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Anyone know the specific fuel consumption of one of these monsters?
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If your trying to take a nap while the first mate is running the boat, instead of counting sheep you can count the engines revolutions.
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Product support? Fairbanks Morse has been out of business for decades.
Somebody should tell them they are not in business

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Its been a few years but before I left Fairbanks still provided support for the Emergency Diesels at our nuke plant. 3000 KW.
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