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Gaseous Onan JC in the future?


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Talking with my wife's uncle in southern IL this morning on the phone. He called to ensure I'd be around the area over the Thanksgiving break. Says he has a four cylinder, air cooled and propane fueled generator with switch gear he's acquired for me. It is green in color with an "Onan" logo on it. No other specifics at this time.

I understand they tore down an old milking barn to sell the exterior wood and this set was installed but no longer needed. Also said it was running as they were using it for power till they took the barn down earlier this year and he brought it back to his machine shed.

Being an old time retired machinist from Caterpillar, he's one of the types that makes the rounds during the day first going to the coffee shop, then another restaurant, then someplace else daily, etc..... so not surprised he'd run across most anything while solving the world's problems at the "liars bench". Last year I built/welded up a new burner chamber for his "Clayton" wood burner/stove which is used exclusively to heat his house and shop but wouldn't take any $$$ for it. This year I furnished new cast iron "shaker" grates for it. I figure the man has done far too many repairing/rebuilding jobs for the family in years past to ask for compensation; I'm thinking this generator may be something along the lines of paying me back knowing I won't turn it down.

84 years old and still a conniver at heart.....
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LOL That could be anything. A JC or JB! Something to look forward to over a holiday weekend.
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Most common is the four cylinder JC. !2.5 or the !5 KW.
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LOL That could be anything. A JC or JB! Something to look forward to over a holiday weekend.
He's a good guy, really is and nobody minds helping him out when the need arises.

I was thinking the "JC" series is four cylinder which this is, and the "JB" was two? Never had either so certainly no expert however.

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Most common is the four cylinder JC. !2.5 or the !5 KW.

Either one Id add to the Onan Fleet easily.
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He's a good guy, really is and nobody minds helping him out when the need arises.

I was thinking the "JC" series is four cylinder which this is, and the "JB" was two? Never had either so certainly no expert however.

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Correct! JC is 4 cylinder and JB is a 2 cylinder!
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Don't drive up there in a compact car !
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If it's a JC, then it's one heavy beast. Lots of iron in that baby. I used an engine crane to get mine off the ground and a trailer to tout it home. Manual lists it in at 682lbs.
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If it's a JC, then it's one heavy beast. Lots of iron in that baby. I used an engine crane to get mine off the ground and a trailer to tout it home. Manual lists it in at 682lbs.


He will just pick it up and toss in the trunk of a prius or roof of a smart car. LOL
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He will just pick it up and toss in the trunk of a prius or roof of a smart car. LOL
Yup. I'll just throw it up on my shoulder much the same as I did the boulders at the end of the driveway which are probably a bit more than what the "JC" weighs.....

In reality I have a hydraulic crane mounted to the truck that should pick it up and swing it around. I have a DJC, and have a generator end off another which was originally from a blown JC. Just haven't been able to get a good engine for it yet. Couple of prospects have not worked out but I really want a NG fueled unit installed onto the house permanent. This one being on LP gas should be easily converted.
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