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Frankenwelder - stovebolt 6 powered welder
#1367965 Mon Jul 06 2020 03:20 PM
Joined: Jul 2020
Posts: 3
Bones97 Offline OP
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First of all,thanks for letting me join. I joined this group to find out more about the stovebolt 6 on my portable welder I call Frankenwelder. It has a 1929 Chevrolet radiator (that amazingly doesn't leak) ,a Fordson 1917 tractor fuel tank,a Stovebolt 6 engine which I think is a 1943 model and a WWII vintage P&H welder (235 amp). I am trying to find some information on all of the units that make up this beautiful beast (in my eyes it is) so any input would be appreciated.

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Re: Frankenwelder
Bones97 #1368452 Fri Jul 10 2020 02:42 AM
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Welcome to That's quite a machine you have there! Let's see what we can learn about your engine..........


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Re: Frankenwelder
Bones97 #1368499 Fri Jul 10 2020 01:46 PM
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Man, that is cool!

Re: Frankenwelder
Bones97 #1368643 Sat Jul 11 2020 06:03 AM
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42-53 (years)

216 (cubic inch)


I'm sure someone else can help out with that other number, eventually.

If anyone can help out with more information, please do.

Interesting find, what's the story behind it?

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Re: Frankenwelder
Woogeroo #1368681 Sat Jul 11 2020 04:09 PM
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Posts: 258
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The leading digits of the engine serial number - FAA - correspond to a '48 passenger car 216. Interesting find!

Ref: '48 Engine Serial Number Prefixes []


Re: Frankenwelder
HandyAndy #1369689 Sun Jul 19 2020 07:21 AM
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Posts: 3
Bones97 Offline OP
New Guy
Thanks for the info I wondered if I should even keep it on the welder but probably isn't worth anything so I'm just fixing it up mostly just for a conversation piece, but functional.

Duane Steward
Re: Frankenwelder
Woogeroo #1369690 Sun Jul 19 2020 07:31 AM
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Bones97 Offline OP
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Not really much of a story.....found it at a farm implement junkyard. Motor was a little stuck but broke free fairly easily but bent a valve pushrod. Straightened it and today torqued head bolts putting new head gasket on of course. Valves weren't too bad....had 90 lbs compression. I will try to start it soon after I get the oil canister off an old 50s model truck out back by the barn. Just bought a farm with a 51 chevy pickup and 50 something GMC truck included. 51 has big tree growing up thru the bed.

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Re: Frankenwelder
Bones97 #1369756 Sun Jul 19 2020 06:31 PM
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That pushrod will bend again. I've got a bunch of spares that I won't be using since I'm ordering custom pushrods from Comp Cams for a 216 I'm hotrodding. Make another post or two so you have access to the private message function and send me your mailing address- - - -I'll send you a few.

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Re: Frankenwelder - stovebolt 6 powered welder
Bones97 #1369847 Mon Jul 20 2020 03:21 PM
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Glenn you have a PM.

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