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Found the 1956 Briggs 23FB that I needed in CT yesterday...and drug home some other junk.


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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted October 16, 2016 - 04:59 PM

Since I used the Briggs 23DFB that I rebuilt for my junkyard Power King project, I searched for the correct Briggs engine for my 1956 Economy tractor. I've been trying to locate a nice Briggs 23FB since I picked up the '56 Economy tractor back in 2014. It seems like most have rusty thin cooling fins and faded I'D tags along with dented or rusted sheet metal. We'll this generator came up for sale and it looked real good, so I called about it. We settled on a price and my friend and I headed out to pick it up yesterday afternoon. The people selling the generator were selling the house and moving to main. I asked about other small engine related things and the man said, let's take a look. As we looked over some things, I noticed a PE75 Signal corps generator partially sticking out from under a tarp. I asked if it was for sale and he said sure. It was dated April of '54 and had a Briggs 23BP engine on it. The cover was off of the generator where the brushes are located, but the engine had great compression. We settled on a price and loaded it on the truck. After some good conversation, we took to the road and headed home. We decided to stop at a tag sale that we passed on the way out. My friend bought a Farmall cub bottom plow for 30 bucks, and I picked up a box of hardware, a tractor light, a speed square, and tin snips for 10 bucks. I also bought a real nice pair of old barn door hinges with a T brace for 20.
Today, I changed out the sediment bowl on the blue generator, put some gas in it, and it fired right up. The darn thing runs like new and generates power. When I looked up the type number of the Briggs, I didn't see this type number where the crankshafts are listed in the illustrated parts list. This was good, since it meant that the engine would have the standard 1" keyed shaft, just what I needed for the Power King. It turned out that the shaft is coupled to the generator with simple 2 bolt yokes for a 1" keyed shaft. The ID tag is in great shape, and there seems to be very little use on this generator.
The PE75 generator had no spark, so I cleaned the points and still nothing. I figured that the Magnamatic coil was shot, so I pulled the flywheel to change it out. There was a little rust on the magnets, so I decided to clean everything up and see if I could get spark from the old coil. After I reassembled everything, I gave it a spin and had good spark. The gas tank was clean and dry, so I just added some gas, and after three pulls, the old Briggs ran like a top. This generator seems to have little use on it, also. I plugged it a drop light, but the bulb flickered like there was a bad connection somewhere. This is probably why the cover was off when I bought it. I'll go through it and see what I find, but I bought the PE75 mainly for the engine. Here are both generators after I cleaned them up and got them running.

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Posted October 16, 2016 - 05:00 PM

Here are the id tags on both engines and the other junk I picked up.

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Edited by classic, October 16, 2016 - 05:07 PM.

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Posted October 16, 2016 - 05:11 PM

Looks like some good pickins!


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Posted October 16, 2016 - 05:18 PM

It was a good day Kenny. There were tag sales everywhere, but we only stopped at two of them.
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Posted October 16, 2016 - 05:30 PM

Winner, winner....chicken dinner.

Great score, those things are tough as nails. Glad you got them!!!
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Posted October 16, 2016 - 05:32 PM

Nice looking engines Jim good score !


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Posted October 16, 2016 - 05:47 PM

Great generators. Keep one for when a blizzard hits this winter. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 16, 2016 - 05:56 PM

These old generators are ungodly heavy, boyscout. I almost hate to split the engine from the blue generator,but I have a later Briggs 233400 series Briggs that I rebuilt that will replace it. I'm lucky if if have to use a generator twice a year to fire up the coffee pot and a couple of lights, so that 23FB really needs to go on the PK. It's drilled and tapped for the hogs head, but I will have to install the larger PTO side bearing plate and set the crankshaft end play.

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Posted October 16, 2016 - 07:04 PM

I have several of the old generators with B&S 23 s on them. Will get around to them one of these days. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 16, 2016 - 11:49 PM

It was a good day Kenny. There were tag sales everywhere, but we only stopped at two of them.

Sounds like you were on roll , should have stopped at one more sale.

I'll bet the brushes are stuck and the slip rings on the military generator are dirty -- clean them up and it will put out power for years.

Oh yea they are heavy.


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Posted October 17, 2016 - 06:51 AM

Thanks for the advice Bill 76. It's probably best that it gets a good servicing before it's put to use. Both generators seem to have been well taken care of, but the PE75 did sit outside for a bit. The engine oil was clean in both of them, so that's a good sign.




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