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I tested the Generator mounted on the '48 Gibson tractor.


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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted February 17, 2016 - 11:04 AM

The weather was too nasty yesterday to tinker with the '48 Gibson tractor that I picked up on Sunday. The weather is a bit better today, so I decided to install a new battery in the tractor to see if the generator, alternator, and headlights worked. I put the battery in and turned on the headlights. There are separate toggle switches for the high beams and low beams, so I flipped them on and both headlights work on high and low beam. The lights were a little dim since the battery wasn't fully charged. I started the tractor and the lights got bright like they should be, so the alternator seems to be working fine. I then went to the outlet/control box and turned the dial until the volt meter read 120 volts. I plugged in my sheetrock drill and it worked like a charm! As much as I want to remove all of these add ons, I may just leave the generator in place since it will come in handy. I do plan on painting the tractor grey and red as it should be, though.

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Posted February 17, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Handy I reckon! Beats the heck out of dragging out a gender, especially for smaller jobs.
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Posted February 17, 2016 - 12:07 PM

Nice Gibson

My Uncle use to have 3 Gibsons.

The SD, H, and forget what the trike letter was, was a nice set  now broken up by new owner of them

The SD is the same as your D but with rear fenders, hood and grill

In 1985 my dad and I built a tractor the same size as the Gibson A which is a bit smaller than the D

 

Just remember its dc voltage. Some tools may not work or burn up 

older variable speed ac tools will not work properly

single speed ac may be alright

Hate to see you burn up your favorite tool due to wrong type of voltage


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Posted February 17, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Nice Gibson!


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Posted February 17, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Thanks James. I have been looking into what I can actually use the DC generator to power. I was talking to the electrician at work about it yesterday, so he's teaching me about what I need to know. I know a bit about electricity, but I'm no whiz by any means. There seems to be a fair amount of guys here on the forum who know quite a bit about electricity, also. It will be interesting learning more about it!

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Posted February 17, 2016 - 06:45 PM

Glad to see it is working the way it should
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Posted February 17, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Oh, Neato
Glad it's working
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Posted February 18, 2016 - 06:38 AM

Is the alternator just for the 120v outlet box ?    If for both 120v & 12v how are they switching over ?  Love to have that on one of my tractors


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Posted February 18, 2016 - 07:19 AM

The alternator is for both 12 and 120 volt

12v straight out of the alt to charge batt and lighting

120 volt out of box

The box converts it from 12 to 120 with electrical goodies  what they are I'm not sure

 

There are all types of converters for 12 to 120 volt dc still being made today

Had a discussion about them on a old gas engine forum

I have one from the 1980's somewhere in the shop


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Posted February 24, 2016 - 10:49 PM

I've been moving some firewood around with the Gibson and it's a fun tractor to use. The steering is simple to get used to and it steers easily. I'm going to install the other brake band and replace a bunch of gaskets and seals. The T96 transmission case is dated 1952, so the transmission was replaced at some point. I will be using the internals from this transmission and I'll install them in a 1948 dated spare case that I have. I'll use new bearings, gaskets, and seals when I assemble the transmission. This Gibson is in far better shape than some of the other project tractors that I've been working on. I do need to find a replacement intake manifold for the Wisconsin AEH since mine is cracked. It isn't causing any problems, but I should replace it before it gets any worse.
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