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Posted by Robert Bates on December 28, 2004, 4:37 am
Is there a diesel stationary engine (i.e. Fairbanks Morse etc) that would
burn filtered straight waste oil?  I have wondered if the fuel systems on
these engines would be more tolerant of non standard fuels.  Waste oil would
be much easier to come by that some of the other options and I have always
enjoyed hearing the gas ones run.

Posted by Robert Morein on December 28, 2004, 5:54 am

Possibly Lister-Petter:

Posted by Me on December 28, 2004, 7:33 pm

Used BaseOil is a bit to thick for most Injector Pumps.  Most folks
just cut it with Diesel #2 about 50/50 and call it good.  My
Fairbanks/Morse 45B3-1/8 really likes that mix.


Posted by Robert Bates on December 29, 2004, 3:15 am
 Do you heat your fuel?  Also, I can't find spec for that model on the net.
What size is it and do you have any pictures?

Posted by Me on December 29, 2004, 6:29 pm

That model is a single cyl, water cooled, 1200 Rpm, engine that is
turning a 3Kw 3600 Rpm Generator via belts at a 3:1 pulley ratio.
It was built in the late 30's, and originally was the aux. engine on
a 75' fishing boat.  I have the Service and Operations Manual.
(Original, not a copy)  It was completely rebuilt two years ago, and it
is in "Like New" condition, with new bearings, rings, piston, thru-out.
It has Timkin Roller Bearings on the cranksaft, and when the
Compression Release is active, can be spun by hand, and will continue
for a minute or so.  It had 60,000+ operational hours on it when I had
it rebuilt, and now has about 360 hours since. I also have the complete
maintainance log for this engine as well.  It is a REALLY Neat Old

Nope, ho heat on the fuel till the engine warms up.  Fuel tank is in the
Base that the engine and radiator are mounted on.


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