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Stearns Light Plant


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Old 07-02-2016, 08:16:23 AM
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Looking for info on Stearns light plant made in Ludington MI. I have viewed info posted by Gus and it was very helpful. Thanks in advance A. Noyes
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Rusty and dusty ... Just how I like it!!!!
Can you post some more pictures?
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More pictures.
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Picture of building light plant was rescued from. This was a cider mill building from the 1880s. The light plant set in this building since 1938 when residential electric came to this area.
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Started a new project. Restoring a Stearns light plant. If anyone has info on Sterns or American Bosch mags model # BA1ED19 I would be glad to here from you. See Pictures attached. Thanks A. Noyes
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Light plant repainted, and running. Hope to display this next summer. Any other Stearns owners out there? Unable to post pictures to forum must be trouble with connection. Will try again tomorrow.
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Here are some pictures of the finished project.
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Real nice job there. Any videos of it running? Do you have other lightplants? Thanks for sharing.
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Wow......gorgeous! A beautiful restoration of a rare plant...kinda puts my Delco Light to shame.......
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Trying to post a video. This is my first attempt, I will try to do a better job in the future. Some specs. on the light plant 3" bore 3" stroke, ball bearing mains insert rod bearings with shims on rod cap. RPM to generate 32 Volts unknown. 110 volt ac bulb in video it is illumated but not too bright as expected. Batteries 2- 12V and 1 6 Volt connected in series 30 volts DC. I welcome any advice on 32 Volt systems I am not an expert but would like to learn more. Most of my education has been from this site and other internet information. Thanks for sharing we may need this old technology in the future.

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Trouble loading video will try again tomorrow.
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Read Harrys Instructions hope to post Video. Still did not work anybody else having trouble posting video or photos?
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I figured out why I am unable to post videos, My files are on an AVI format Smokstak won't allow downloads from this type of file. Trying to convert to something compatible. Some info on web any suggestions?
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File size is typically massive and Harry wisely won't support it.

Throw it up on You tube. Then link it here and you're golden.
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Posted a video on youtube it took about 3 hours to up load is this normal or did I do something wrong? Is there an easy way to link youtube to smokestack? Thanks for any advice.
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Try this link to YouTube Light plant videos

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Excellent job! Looks and runs really nice. Its always nice to see another lightplant restored and especially running cause there isn't too many people that mess around with these gems. Thanks for posting and good luck on your next one!
I posted your video here so it is easier, if you want me to take it off, please let me know. Thanks again.


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Sweet! Is that sight gauge on the fuel tank original equipment?
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Thanks for posting video. How did you do it? I have been trying to add a link or post it on smokestack. What brand of light plants do you have?

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Yes the sight glass is original. The Radiator has one also. The one on the radiator was broken, but replaced as original.
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Noyes, I sent you an email. let me know if it works.
So far my collection consist of:
Genco 32v,
Matthews 32v,
Univeral 32v ,
Marco 32v,
Fairbanks z 1 1/2hp 32v
Fairbanks z 3hp 32v,
2 Kohler 4 cylinders, one 110dc and one 110ac,
2 little tiny tims 6volts.
I also have an older Onan, but it is more of a generator than a lightplant, as are the Kohlers. I had a Delco 32v 850 watt, but just sold it. I should of kept it but just trying to make some room. I also have an extra Fairbanks dynamo I was thinking of mounting it w/ my Detroit engine.
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Very nice video!

I've got one of those as well. Its a later one with the round gas tank over the front of a honeycomb radiator. Its 850 watts. Its in pieces, but I did get it to run and it did work.

One of these days I'll get it back together....
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