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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted April 13, 2014 - 10:40 AM

On my hunt for Briggs ZZ parts I came across this generator. The engine runs fine and the generator works. The original manual and some small spares come with it. Is this generator worth 500.00?

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Posted April 13, 2014 - 02:04 PM

Maybe to a WWII collector. Around my area, no. Yesterday at the swap I went to, similar machines were under $150. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 13, 2014 - 03:17 PM

Not worth $500 to me.  It is a nice survivor, though.

 

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Posted April 13, 2014 - 03:54 PM

It does sound steep but if the engine is low hours and well maintained what would it be worth on it's own?


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Posted April 13, 2014 - 04:47 PM

I have one of those Briggs zz generators from ww2. Used it to power the fridge two years ago during power outage. Only paid $150 for it and never heard it run, but that day I would have paid more because it did a great job. So just remember, if it works and the power is out, it is worth the highest bidder in the neighborhood lol.
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Posted April 14, 2014 - 12:13 PM

Well, I decided to buy the generator for quite a bit less than the asking price. I hooked up a battery to power the coil, and no spark. There was a flywheel puller, a bunch of new gaskets, some new spark plugs, the original manual, spare brushes, some spare hardware, and the original manual in the tool box.
I took the flywheel off and the points looked new, so I cleaned them and put the flywheel back on. I powered up the coil, pulled the cord, and it fired right up! It runs smooth as glass and produces power just fine. No bad engine noises and no smoke at all. There's actually a new set of rings in the tool box, too. All in all, I think it was a good purchase given the history and usefulness of it if need be. I'm addicted to old junk,so what can I say!

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Posted April 14, 2014 - 12:24 PM

Maybe I'll have to restore this 41' Dodge WC now...

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Posted January 23, 2015 - 07:55 PM

Maybe I'll have to restore this 41' Dodge WC now...

I hope that you do. Carry the generator in the back. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:20 PM

I actually picked up another one of those generators since I started this thread back in April. It was only 100.00 and the guy started it before we loaded it on the truck. I checked the oil when I got it home and it was low. I topped off the oil, started it up, and it ran great, but smoked like mad. The problem was obvious once I pulled the piston out. The piston was galley up badly and the rings were stuck in the ring grooves due to the melted aluminum. The oil in the bottom of the oil pan was as thick as grease, so the oil pump wasn't working. The cylinder was starved of oil and the engine was seized at some point in the past. A new std. piston, rings, and head gasket will bring it back, though. The engine appears to have low hours on it otherwise.
I hope to get to restoring the truck in the near future, but other projects are keeping me busy right now.
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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:23 PM

I understand, my 55 Chevy 3600 has been waiting 29 years for me to restore her. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:37 PM

All I need is time, money, and ambition to get started on the truck, HA! All in good time, I guess.




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