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#1 adamjd200 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 06, 2016 - 09:26 PM

Bought this back in April, and thought I'd share, engine is a K90, it runs and works good, both me and the previous owner believe it may be Military, any thoughts on this?

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Posted July 06, 2016 - 09:48 PM

Usually the military units had a full shielded spark plug wire. Hard to say for sure.


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Posted July 06, 2016 - 10:36 PM

I doubt that it is military. I've seen the bulb on top a few times. One was a Sears with a Clinton engine.  Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 07, 2016 - 12:45 AM

    4 hp engine The pic of the engine tag is clear but the gen head tag pic is unreadable on my computer. When it was built people probably called it a light plant. Im thinking 1K all day long 1.3 surge. Looks like one my father had but his was 38 volt DC. & was built before WW2.       Don


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Posted July 07, 2016 - 06:00 AM

     Looks like one my father had but his was 38 volt DC. & was built before WW2.       Don

Before rural electrification, there were alot of appliances available for use with wind generators. I think that it was Jacobsen Wind Generators were 32 or 36 volts. The wind generator made life alot more comfortable when the isolated home could afford them. The Jacobsen was the best brand. ADM Bird took one with him to the south pole and it stayed there working for nearly 50 years. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 07, 2016 - 06:27 AM

A lot of the early farm lighting plants were a standard 32v DC. Delco light was probably the most popular. Most charged a bank of batteries so they would output more for charging the batteries.


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Posted July 07, 2016 - 09:06 AM

A lot of the early farm lighting plants were a standard 32v DC. Delco light was probably the most popular. Most charged a bank of batteries so they would output more for charging the batteries.

   Yep Dad tended an oil lease in south east Kansas when I was borne. Had a bank of  batteries in a shed out back, wind generator, and the gas for backup. Ran on natural gas right out of the well head. This is mostly hear say, we moved from there when I was 1 yo, back to visit at 6.  Don


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Posted July 07, 2016 - 10:04 AM

This one is 120v AC, I know the history of this unit as the guy who had it at the auction where I bought it is a buddy of mine, a local fire co. owned it prior to him for a long time., I have a Delco sitting in the barn as well, but it's way down on the list.



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Posted July 07, 2016 - 05:06 PM

Most of the military i.d. plates i saw had extra numbers on them, something like Stock Number, Military Part Number, etc.  Also the backwards nomenclature like Generator, Field, Light Use, 120V or whatever.  Although this light plant looks like it predates my time in t-shirt so who knows






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