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#1 trowel OFFLINE  

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Posted February 15, 2012 - 06:15 PM

Figured i would post this one,
got a odd ball real early 1960 MEP G15 (025A), i want this generator, runs good for it's age, it is the simple one with just the two 110 volt plugs, the seller is willing to let it go for $175.00 to me, the fuel tank is shot and the gas runs through it as fast as i pore it in, i hate these finiky carbs with a passion, after test running the engine with a new carb i rebuilt the original and made new gaskets for the it, think it's still sucking air someweres and need to find it, found the short in the control panel and cleaned all the wire ends and the ground, makes good power now and both gauges work now, now to speak with the customer,...uggg, my most hated part,


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Edited by trowel, February 15, 2012 - 07:02 PM.

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Posted February 15, 2012 - 06:46 PM

WOW! I love those little units! I would buy it! It is cool that it has a Volt and Amp gauge also. Good luck hope you get it.

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Posted February 15, 2012 - 08:59 PM

Compared to the lator MEP 025A or the MEP 015a this one retains the first Military Electric Power design for 1.5 Kw, made in september of 1960, these first came out in 1952 in single and twin cylinder before the big twin and 2 sizes of 4 cylinder ones in 1957-58, then the mule engine in 1959, the wiring in the contol panel is a little different and very simple compared to the lator ones and the gen-head MFG Sommer Electric Co. Inc. with the Continental built 2A016-1 engine is one of the first set ups before Hollinworth.
Most of these end up in the crusher due to the finiky, unique carb and lack of parts.

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 02:58 PM

My Dad was an Electrician in the Marines back in the late 50's early 60's. One of his jobs was working on all the generator units.
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Posted February 17, 2012 - 07:14 PM

I would imagen at the time your father would not have like the carbs the military used on a lot of their stuff, sometimes overbuilt is just too much, the seller of the genset im working on did offer it to me for $150 and i want to buy it to replace my Onans but there are other things the money has to be spent on for now, the seller is not willing to trade as i had hoped seeing as i have so much stuff but it is not ment to be, the fuel tank is shot with a rust hole in the bottem and will be replaced with a 2 gallon poly tank instead that fits nice.

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 07:07 AM

That's a nice machine.
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Posted February 19, 2012 - 09:05 AM

Aparently the seller wants the generator gone ASAP and agreeded to something of a trade with some cash, i shall comply, i know what will happen with the genset, it will end up on it's way to the scrapper and onwards to China, i can not allow that to happen to such a old generator.
As a word of advice to anyone that is intrested in theses types of military generator (MEP 025A and MEP 015A) the carberattors are a major fault, please ask me for help before ripping the 2A016 engine to pieces trying to fix it, once the fault is learned and the appropriate steps taken they do make fair generators with very long run times.
Before anyone mentions it, this predates any MEP and CE models, it is model SG 15.
need to turn the engine speed up a little more now that no. 2 cylinder's compression is increasing, making coffee,..http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oo9nuwkkkHc

Edited by trowel, February 19, 2012 - 09:23 AM.

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 09:12 AM

Wow, glad you were able to reach an agreement on the unit.

Another one saved :thumbs:

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Posted February 23, 2012 - 09:29 PM

Made a quieter muffler with a rain cap, re-plumb the fuel lines, fuel filters, a slightly newer rebuilt carb, NOS fuel pump, spark plug boots.

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Posted February 23, 2012 - 11:55 PM

I missed this thread somehow :confuse: My brother was stationed in Germany for 2 years back in the late 80's. I don't know what his MOS title was, but he worked on generators and other small gas engine operated equipment. I'd be willing to bet that he ran across one or two of those or something similar! Thanks for posting the pics and I'm glad that you were able to come to an agreement on it! Congrats!
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Posted February 24, 2012 - 05:33 AM

Nice cap for the muffler.
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Posted February 24, 2012 - 05:25 PM

Glad to read that you made the deal, you can never have too many gen sets around.
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Posted February 27, 2012 - 10:38 AM

Now for the hard part,....waiting for the NOS fuel tank and NOS coils to come in,....i noted the spark decaying and missing progressively when under a heavy 2.0 Kw load and confermed with a spark checker, the coil shell was cracked and split, exposing the windings anyways.

I have 3 gensets and one battery charger/jumper now, the Master Mechanic 2.5 Kw genset needs a coil and points a typical Briggs model 14 problem. My uncle has i think 12 gensets and counting.

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Posted March 02, 2012 - 12:01 PM

After a hectic yesterday i was able to relaxe today,

My order of parts for the military genset came in on Wensday afternoon, thankfully i was still here and grabbed the box off the patio before it was soaked by the snow, yesterday before work i stopped in to the local Napa Auto Parts store for something to use as a fuel cap for the nylon fuel tank, after looking through several parts books and some idears a $ 4.00 radiator cap for a truck matched the tank's fill neck perfectly. After removing the pressure valve and valve spring i drilled a small hole through the rivet for a vent and a length of chain, also pictured is the filler neck screen from the old tank, the NOS ignition coils and breaker points.
After i fix the sno blower i will start fabrication of the fuel tank mounting braket, as you see it is a little different from the old tank and is for the lator MEP models but for $ 15.00 i could not turn it down and it is OEM for these gensets, military surplus is still fairly cheap here so im taking full advantage of it.

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Posted March 02, 2012 - 06:43 PM

Very cool stuff Jesse! Looks like all the parts and pieces are coming together nicely on this project!
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