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Onan 3DSL- old diesel genset found


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Old 03-14-2012, 04:27 AM
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Default Onan 3DSL- old diesel genset found

Well, it was recently given to one of my better log truck drivers. We got talking about Onans when we were on a parts run to a distant town at a gawd-awful hour. He was given a single-cylinder diesel Onan and needs filters for it so he can fire it up. I mentioned this fine board and I'd try to get him more than just filters.

He has a 3DSL-1R/1D

S/N 101C670946

In addition to filter numbers, any help towards parts and service manuals would be great. I checked my stash and have only DRN and DLP information.

Thanks. I promise pictures.

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Old 03-14-2012, 01:24 PM
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Talking Re: Onan 3DSL- old diesel genset found

did you do a search here on smokstak.com using DSL? We had a fellow up on Kodiak Island that resurrected one a few months back, and posted lots of information of his DSL Genset.... Just Say'en...
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I've owned and used a 3DSL since about 1960, at my mountain cabin. It has never been overhauled, and starts and runs every year like new, except it leaks quite a bit of oil---sure hope I haven't jinxed it! Anyway, my manuals are at the cabin, which presently has five feet of snow. These plants are wonderful to have.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:41 PM
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Default Re: Onan 3DSL- old diesel genset found

Yes, I first tried the search function, but two problems arose. DSL is only 3 letters, and the search engine does not allow 3-letter searches. Secondly, when I added another word, I picked up all of the posts where people used Dsl as a short form for diesel.

So I resorted to a post.

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Old 03-14-2012, 10:24 PM
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Default Re: Onan 3DSL- old diesel genset found

John, Do you use Google? If so, it's worth learning how to use their site-specific search. To try it, paste this into the Google search box:

"3DSL" site:http://www.smokstak.com

grr. It's not supposed to show us as a link. Darn automatic formatting on this site... Don't click it. Copy and paste it...
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Default Re: Onan 3DSL- old diesel genset found

Here is what you are looking for:

DSL parts inside.pdf - https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B5F...YzYjVjOTY2MTA1
DSL parts cover.pdf - https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B5F...c2Y2VhZDYzMmU5
DSL manual inside.pdf - https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B5F...QzMGVlN2I5MzI4
DSL manual cover.pdf - https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B5F...BiYzNjYjRiNWM4

If they don't show up on that first page you can still click download and save them to your computer. If they still don't work let me know and I can get them to you, I am the guy with the originals.

BTPost: I sent you these links before in a PM did you get them?

Last edited by BTPost; 03-16-2012 at 12:53 PM. Reason: Yes, I did get them... Thanks...
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Thank you very much Sorenson - Bert will be most pleased with this information.

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You promised pictures.... and a video
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Default Well, I got more than I bargained for ......

Well, I showed up to deliver the manual that I printed and bound for Bert. I asked to take pics for the site here.

He pulled it out of the hole where it was stored for at least 6 years with the gantry crane. We looked and as we looked it over, and noticed that all of the brush springs were gone, lines are rotted, end bell cover gone an a few other things are a challenge.

So, he said ......... "you know what I'm thinking ..."?

So, I ended up keeping the manual and we loaded it onto my truck. Onan # 9 for me. As though I needed another project.

Anyway, here are pics that I took as I unloaded it into my shop yesteday with the backhoe.

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Two more of six photos.
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And the last two .... for now. I also got the cover for the unit - a half-oval cover that goes over the frame that you see.

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Very nice!

In my book, that's 'nearly complete'. You might have it running soon.
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Default Re: Onan 3DSL- old diesel genset found

Nice acquisition John.
That a really neat little diesel.

You do realize that this will cost you a shopping trip for the wife , don't you
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Nice acquisition John.
That a really neat little diesel.

You do realize that this will cost you a shopping trip for the wife , don't you
Thanks. Yes, I fear it will cost me diamond additions on the wedding ring to celebrate the kids, a new purse and a Swarovski ornament. That, I also fear, is just the beginning. Heather is a smart girl, and she can certainly count to 9, and then do the calculus after that that turns 9 Onans into presents for her.

It is very complete. Anti-flicker points cover is also missing, but points seem to be there. I'm pretty sure that I can tease it into running with some parts to be donated from a CCK I have - also a 1961 - even if just temporarily until I can find permanent parts.

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that sure is nice!!!
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The cover.
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Hi ONAN fans

I was also given a 3DSL a couple of yeas ago. The post from sorenson2009 would have been a real help in getting the thing running. It turns out it has a 120ac/12vdc generator head. (It only took one set of brushes to figure that one out.) None of the wiring was intact, and the control box had an open resistor. After sitting for I don't know how long, and getting the wireing straightend out, it started up so fast it supprised me. Runs like new. No photos, but I'll try to ad some. And John, is yours running?

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some one needs to give or make me a deal i cant refuse on one of these old diesels...
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some one needs to give or make me a deal i cant refuse on one of these old diesels...
Ah, the sweet smell of diesel in the morning.
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No, its not running yet. Here's the abridged list of projects in front of the DSL:

Set up 7.5 JB named Louise at the House
Brake job and undercoat crewcab diesel,
Set up 3.0 DJA #2 on a frame for my daughter
New kitchen for Momma
New kitchen for Momma!
New kitchen for Momma!!!!!!
Rewire control on 3.0 DJA #1 for my son
Build and mount air compressor distribution system in shop,
Build bulldozer storage pole barn
Try to fire 6.0DJB Magnaciter: decide on repair or part-out.
Rebuild winter snow bucket for backhoe

The snow bucket isn't needed until winter, so you get the idea where the DSL fits on the list.

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