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Rockaway's PORT-A-LITE generator 1954-55.


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 08:30 PM

I was looking for a 1950's Briggs model 23 for a garden tractor project and came across this generator. The Briggs dates to August 1954, so I'm assuming that the generator may have been built between 1954-55. I did find some info on Rockaway Sales Co. located in Rockaway, NJ from the 40's and 50's. They sold army surplus items and other things as well. I was wondering if anyone has seen one of these generators before. It originally had four rubber feet and no wheels, but someone added the wheels later on. I do need this engine for something else, so I was thinking about making a mount to run the generator off of a garden tractor, or possibly rebuilding another Briggs model 23 and restoring the generator.

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Posted June 20, 2016 - 06:38 AM

That's a cool little generator! Wouldn't be hard to run that from a PTO belt.


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Posted June 20, 2016 - 07:35 AM

I think it will make a great project :thumbs:  Maybe you could copy a factory mounting design for one of your tractors.  I've even seen ones for my DBs


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Posted June 20, 2016 - 08:27 AM

I think I'll make up a mount for this generator for my '59 DB Suburban. It looks like the same generator on the DB in this pic. It won't be exactly the same, but at least it will be useful. Thanks guys!

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Posted June 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Found a pic in a 1959 Sears catalog of the generator attachment. It shouldn't be too hard to make up a mount.

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