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#1 UncleWillie ONLINE  

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 04:32 PM

Did a little work on the $50 generator today. It was on an ice cream truck and I bought it years ago with no idea if it worked or not because it had no fuel tank. Brought it home and it works.It has been tucked under the workbench in the shop for a long time. I am in the process of mounting it on a trailer so I can pull it behind the tractor.

Since it has no fuel tank starting it is interesting. The PO installed an electric fuel pump on it so I drop the fuel line in a gas can and hook the pump up to a battery. When fuel spurts out of the engines vacuum fuel pump ( usually about 3 seconds) disconnect the battery and pull the rope. Starts first time every time.

Had a friend weld an elbow and a piece of pipe to the booger welded pipe that was attached to the exhaust manifold and I dropped a Harley exhaust pipe over the pile and it is 50 times quieter.


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Posted September 23, 2012 - 04:39 PM

Nice price for sure, and it is quite. But do try to support that muffler some how.
I did something like that w/o supporting it and it ripped the threads out of the engine from vibrating.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 04:42 PM

50$ with a Vanguard twin on it! What a sweet genset! 14hp would be 6-7kw which is a pretty useful amount of power to have as a portable on a trailer or for emerg. use.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 04:52 PM

I know it runs my band saw with no problems. I have no complaints for the price.

I plan have the muffler welded to the pipe or find adapters or something. It was just so loud i couldn't stand to be near it without anything on it.

Edited by mybigwarwagon, September 23, 2012 - 04:54 PM.


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Posted September 23, 2012 - 06:10 PM

Quite a buy for $50! :orangecool:

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 06:27 PM

Sweet deal. That should serve you nicely.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 07:35 PM

So did you buy the ice cream truck too ?


You could be the neighborhood ice team man !!

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 07:37 PM

Actually I did. It was a junk heap. Went to the crusher.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 07:39 PM

Mark that STOLE not Sold.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 07:47 PM

Mark that STOLE not Sold.

Hey when he is out of my favorite flavor he has to pay.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 08:03 PM

That looks like a great buy there! The Harley muffler sure does a nice job of quieting things down too! Thanks for the video!

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Posted September 24, 2012 - 07:33 AM

I think a support will still be needed for that muffler. It's rather large in size!

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Posted September 24, 2012 - 09:09 AM

Not only is it large it rattles. It will get some support soon. Going to tie it in to the sides of the trailer.
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Posted September 24, 2012 - 11:10 AM

Not only is it large it rattles. It will get some support soon. Going to tie it in to the sides of the trailer.

If you noticed, I've used a Harley muffler on my panzer and did build my own support as well. I wasn't exactly sure what your last post meant, but it is important to NOT tie the muffler to the trailer. Support it from the head of the engine. Supporting a solid exhaust from anywhere other than the engine itself - preferably as near as possible to the exhaust port, is worse than not supporting it at all. The vibrations in the engine and the trailer are very different. If you must support it from somewhere other than the engine, then use a rubber mounting arrangement of some sort. Kind of like a muffler hanging under a car by the rubber supports.

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Posted September 24, 2012 - 11:48 AM

I was planning to use rubber bushings. One of the advantages to scrapping cars is I get all kinds of neat junk to play with. The generator will be mounted to the frame of the trailer. Then on the two back trailer upright I am going to put rubber bushings and a bracket to the muffler and rubber bushings on the muffler. I am going to build and enclosure around the gene and mount a small air compressor in a small KNAK box on the front of the trailer. That way when I go to do jobs out in the boonies I can take the tractor and the genetrailer and have power and air tools no matter where I am.




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