Fairmont Model 59 Series C-4 (1944)
owned by the Austin Steam Train Association
being restored by volunteer John Mandell
(what it should look like when completed.)
From 1936-1949, there were only 362 of the model 59-C motorcar built,
compared to approximately 10,000 of the more popular M19 and 6,000 M-9 motorcars
during about the same period.
The original Fairmont manufacturer's Certificate
(click to enlarge)
Some Fairmont 59 documents
The BEFORE pictures:
Current Progress snapshots
Dog house & wood pieces designed. After completion, all wood will be
replaced with the "real thing" (Oak, Fir, yellow pine),
according to Fairmont documentation. The engine is next! (Better
Assembly, parts painted, engine not completed:
Belt drive components:
Trial assembly, parts primed:
All engine parts are now in hand and just awaiting time to be reassembled.
- completely disassembled & cleaned. Major components look fine. Piston
pressed out. Piston & cylinder will do as is. Head studs had
to be machined out (it actually fit on my milling machine)
- Crank journal is rusted but has been built up & reground by a local
- Timer & C5 carburetor kindly refurbished by Carey Boney (THANKS).
- New crankshaft ball bearings provided by Charles Norris (Columbus, GA)- THANKS!
- For Fairmont fans: the connecting rod is the older, steel variety and
wrist pin is 3/4" - all OK.
I would really like to get some better connecting rod bolts (PN A1398)
- All other new or NOS engine parts have been acquired (rings, ring seals,
studs, gaskets, C5 carb, etc.)
- Ed Kelly's Z Clinic (Jollyville, TX) has been generous to provide a bead
- I bought a "rebuilt" ROC engine (eBay), so I do have a backup propulsion
plan and/or parts.
- Water hopper refurbished: 2 bullet holes patched, 18 broken bolts machined
- Condenser need some work - I got a newer condenser to use.
- Gas tank has been replaced (thanks, Les King!)
- Engine test stand completed
Frame & rolling parts:
- Lot's of documenting & clean up work
- "Working frame" made of Popular to keep entire assembly together.
(Final frame will be white oak, once I know where all the holes need
- Axles are straight, wheels OK
- Axle bearings are not perfect but will do, I think!
- Brake parts (outside the frame) had to all be fabricated. New brake shoes
from Les King.
- Belt tensioner was re-fabricated - it's a bit unique, I think.
- Topside frame completed, using as many original steel parts as possible.
- Wood pieces designed and temporary pieces fitted. New wood parts will be
made from drawings.
- Seat top designed - will use slats instead of masonite
- Les King had the correct ("rosebud") timer & throttle handles
- Richard Balzen has donated some 14" fenders that can be cleaned up & used
- Don Neale has donated parts for the knife switch and that has been rebuilt
- Acquired (ebay) a Fairmont lantern like one that was originally delivered
with the motorcar
Will build replica No. 6 batteries using labels provided by Dennis Hallworth
- Have decided on "Safety Yellow" from Rustoleum as the color (comments
CREDITS (folks who have
been a big help!):
- Ed Kelly - Z-Clinic (Austin, TX) (sand/bead
- Carey Boney - Carburetor help and moral
- Bruce Pierce - Buzz coil help & advice
- Charles Norris (Columbus GA) - bearings
- Daren Doss - lots of technical &
- Richard Balzen - fender donation
- Les King - lots of help & parts!
- Don Neale - critical parts for knife switch
on the console
- Dennis Hallworth - provided
the replica batteries
Below are the remaining items I am currently
(Contributions to this project are made
to the Austin Steam Train Association and are tax-deductible. ASTA
will provide a letter confirming the donation.)