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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted July 02, 2016 - 06:31 PM

Picked up an old Dayton generator yesterday. It had almost no compression, no spark, and no carburetor. It sat in an old mower shop for years and they had no plans on repairing it. The exhaust valve and seat were pitted, the coil was shot, and I had the parts to fix it. I cut the valve seats, installed new valves and set the valve lash, and bolted on a carb that I had laying around. It runs like a charm now and puts out power. It seems like a very well built generator.

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Posted July 02, 2016 - 06:34 PM

Very nice. What engine and  output? That one is much better built than anything now. Take the time to check the bearings and brushes in the generator. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 02, 2016 - 06:44 PM

I added a pic of the engine tag and it's a model 14FB. What a great running little engine. It has the Magnamatic ignition, and I had to clean the armature and rotor. The cylinder looked real good without much wear at all. I think the coil must have quit a long time ago and it sat for quite some time. That exhaust seat was in really rough shape. I changed out the sediment bowl since it had a lining of dark hardened up varnish in it. I did pull the covers off of the generator and the wires and connections looked fine. I will check the brushes for wear, but I've never messed with the bearings in them. It seems like everything is tight and there are no strange noises. I did a quick clean up on it, changed the oil, and cleaned the oil bath air cleaner. It's fun to get an old machine up and running again! Oh, the output is only 2500 on this relic.

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Posted July 02, 2016 - 07:36 PM

Here's a short video of the generator running.

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Posted July 02, 2016 - 07:41 PM

55 years ago lubricants were not as good as now. The grease may have dried out which will lead to bearing failure. Keep and eye(and ear) on it. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 02, 2016 - 07:46 PM

I may as well look into getting modern grease in those bearings, Rick. I'd like to keep it functional in case the time comes where I'll need to use it. Thanks for the tip!
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Posted July 02, 2016 - 07:58 PM

that is interesting.  When I was about 17, I picked up a very similar unit out of the local classifieds, (about 30 years ago) my Dad went with me to pick it up and man was that heavy. Like yours it had the same engine and didn't run, and had sat for many years in the corner of a garage.  Mine was a "Winco" brand and I suspect that yours really is too.

 

Dayton was a brand sold by (still is)  Grainger.  Like garden mark, Craftsman and such, just a marketing name.


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Posted July 03, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. I did do some searching online to see what I could find out about these generators and yes, these were really Winco generators withe the Dayton name on them and sold by Grainger. It is very heavy for it's size, so I'll be installing a clamp on axle with small tires for it. I look for these old generators since they are usually in good shape cosmetically. They are a good source for engine parts for garden tractor engines, but I'll be leaving this one together. The carb that I put on it is for the Briggs 19 and 23 engines, but eventually I'll put the right carb on it.
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