Hello all. Hope everyone is doing well. I have posted some new pictures in
the engine album of my webshots page. The new pictures include an Atlas
Imperial engine/compressor integral unit, a Fairbanks Morse model 32D14, a
Fairchild V-Twin ground power unit and a Guiberson 9 cylinder radial diesel
stationary engine. These engines are all owned by a friend here in
california. Please excuse the quality of some of the pics as they were taken
in his hanger using flash.
Interesting pictures. I was especially taken with the Fairbanks Vee twin -
right dead on the money for me! If anyone knows of one in the UK, I'd be
even more interested.
The "Power unit" in your album is a Homelite generator. They were used as
APU's in B17's and others and are a "clean sheet of paper" engine designed
specifically for that task. I see yours has a contemporary (but
conventional) Tillitson carb with a float and I suspect that it is a
modification. The carb on mine is a suction affair, but it is a LONG way
above the tank and appears to have only one reliable throttle setting - flat
out! I've had it to bits, but cannot for the life of me see that it is in
anything other than working order, so perhaps it is meant to be like that.
I'd welcome informed opinion.
I've replied separately to you and attached a pic or two - please feel free
to add these to your Webshots, suitably ascribed.
At the back of my memory I seem to remember that Jeff Connor had a
relatively rare Fairbanks-Morse V engine that only a few were made of.
I have picture on one of my desks, I'll try and find it and compare.
ISTR that it was made for refrigeration power packs or the like.
I have one manual here, and two complete gennys in the New York state
area somewhere, which are going to gradually get across the Atlantic
one of these days. They were an ebay buy, they didn't sell and I
approached the vendor to sell the pair of them privately.
They have been collected from him and are with Steve Williams in NY on
pallets. When he gets time he is going to make up a better single
pallet and get them shipped over by surface freight to Tilbury.
The tank is pressurised by the exhust IIRC, it's a strange system, and
the speed regulation is pretty much non-existent as you mention. I
think they were made to run that way. My two are combined 110/24V (I
think, they certainly have dual output sockets of different pin types)
Peter A Forbes
Prepair Ltd, Luton, UK
Hello; Kim and Peter
Thanks for the info on the Homelite power unit. I believe I have read
about these units but I didn't recognize it for what it was. It is not mine
yet though. I am trying to contact the owner at this time to inquire as to
weather he would be interested in selling. I notice that it is missing a few
bits though. I know of another one that is seized but has all the proper
The Vee- Twin power unit is a Fairchilds, I had to go back to my album
to make sure I hadn't mislabeled the pics. All of the engines in the new
pics belong to the same gentleman who owns the P-51 and the big PW radial in
my aircraft album. This guy has lots of WOW stuff in his hanger but will not
part with any of it. The good thing is that he actually gets around to
putting much of it in working order and he knows the history of most of it,
where it was in service and such.
Guiberson produced these engines exparimentally for aviation use but they
never became widely used infact I dont think they were used in full service
at all. A few of them did find their way into combat vehicles.
By the looks of it it's a tank engine, the T1020, rather than the
A1020 aero engine. There's a cooling fan and an electric starter,
rather than the Coffman starter.
Guiberson originally made oilfield equipment, rather than engines. i
was wondering if they'd built this originally as a stationary engine,
rather than it being mil-surplus from a tank and then re-mounted by a
Andy, I dont really know. When I have the opportunity to talk to the
owner I will ask for some specific information about the engines. He has
two. One does not have the takeoff shaft. I suspect that the frame and shaft
were a civilian modification. I will post a message when I get more info.
Andy and group, I have been in contact with the owner of the Guiberson
radial. It is indeed a tank engine. There was an outfit in Woodland, CA.
that converted these engines for stationary use and many were used by the
local farmers and orchardsman for pumping water or as blowers to prevent
frost in the orchards. He recently ran the engine for the first time in 30
or 40 years and said that it didn't take much to get it to run. The two
bottom cylinders have stuck valves and he suspects that they have had water
in them. The engine sat in a field for decades with no covers on the
exhaust. He has no plans at this time to make repairs as the bottom
cylinders are going to be absolutely awful to access.
Kim, This same gentleman has two of the Homelite APUs and one is in
working order and is occasionally used. He notes the same running
characteristics that you described. The Fairchild ground power unit is in
working order. He uses it to start the R-4360 and to run the pre oiler on
the P-51 before a cold start. He sais that there are loads of them around
and It shouldn't be hard to find one if you are in the market.