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Fairbanks Morse 01 Aug 2020 21:42 #213246

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Fairbanks Morse 02 Aug 2020 09:30 #213266

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To quote an early ad or something:-

"It's a beauty, I take it home"

Who ever wrote the description appears to have confused "bar" as in atmospheric pressure, with the bar for cranking it over to starting position. But what would I know?
I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,

Now I find I can't do any work in this position!
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Fairbanks Morse 02 Aug 2020 15:17 #213277

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Morris, those air start engines would need all of 250 psi or 17.2 bar of pressure to start and a lot of it. Also, in the rim of the flywheel there is a series of holes into which you put a bar to use to rotate the engine until just past TDC before opening the air tank valve to give it a shot of air to start it rotating., but you probably knew that.

There used to be a ferry on the Hawkesbury River doing the Postal run each day. It had a single cylinder ATLAS air start engine. It had a large capacity air compressor in the engine room and it had to work hard to get the pressure up in the large volume air tank before each start. Once it was fired up in the morning, it was left to just idle between jobs.
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Fairbanks Morse 02 Aug 2020 16:22 #213281

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Many of you would have seen the Crossley engine they run at mid day every day in Bourke. Same deal air start.

If you click on the photo arrows on the right the third one brings up a video of a start.l

www.visitnsw.com/destinations/outback-ns...ical-crossley-engine
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Fairbanks Morse 02 Aug 2020 22:40 #213297

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That is a very old hot rivetted air reciever there. What a beautiful engine it is too.
Cheers Cobba & Cobbarette
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