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Self-Propelled "Fairbanks Flash" Ice Cream Maker
My self-propelled “Fairbanks Flash” ice cream maker is equipped with a 2-gal. freezer that’s powered by a Fairbanks 18 hp engine, which belt-drives a right angle gearbox off an old manure spreader. It rides on a chassis with the transmission, seat and steering gear off a Dodge pickup. Power goes into the side shaft, the rear output shaft connects to the transmission, and the front shaft drives the freezer. The rig can travel at a blistering 6 mph on level ground and 7 mph downhill. It has hydraulic brakes on the rear axle and a lockable cable hand brake.
    At engine shows, I invite others to drive the rig while I “ride shotgun” to make sure everyone stays safe. The engine runs on propane and is mounted on a small truck bed behind the seat. (Harold R. Keller, 9322 State Route 13 S.E., Rt. 1, Glouster, Ohio 45732)

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #2