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i bought a fork lift the other day runs not bad my dad saw that the coil wires aren't hooked up right then he said it may be that way as on some of the older tractors are set up that you put the +of the engine to the - of the battery how do i know if i have to do this
the engine is around 58 to 62
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Hi; + should be + and - should be - , Its based on the way the coil is wired inside and the polarity of the ground side of the spark plug. Take an old coil apart sometime and you will see how the connections are made. Also reroute the plug wire for #1 cylinder away from the seat support on that Towmotor :-) .
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thanks BGunn
these aren't the right wires will change them and route them right
should i put the power to the + side of the coil or leave it as is

what would be a good oil to use in this .i missed this lift at a sale 3 years ago it was a 2 man operation and was taken care of and needed
to be inspected every year
have a feeling the oil has been changed sence then

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Is the truck wired + or - ground ? The distributor wire that connects to the points will be connected to the terminal of whatever frame ground is. If - ground the distributor point wire goes to - on the coil and just opposite if + ground. Many Towmotors were + ground so make sure it is correct first. As far as oil goes, I would try to contact the previous owner and see what they used and stay with it if possible, if not a good grade of 10W30 is what Continental recomended.
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that is what i'm not sure about - or + will have to look at it in the day light
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Brian, Post the generator voltage regulator number, I can usually tell from that.
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not sure if this helps there are no numbers inside or out on the cover
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If there is a number it will be stamped on the mounting bracket or the periphery of the body. Also, does the charging system work ? If it does then how ever you have it connected it is the proper polarity. There is a tag on the generator, what is the number ? Also the model and serial number of the truck. Bill
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MODEL 421 SER 421610152

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12
the thing is the gauge goes off 0 when i put the key on and when i start it it goes back and forth from 0 down
i will put a volt meter on the batt and then start it to see if it goes up a volt or 2

where is the oil bath or filler i have the tire off and don't see it didn't look to hard yet
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I will look up the correct info in the morning when I get to the shop. What are you asking about, the oil filter or the air filter? For the air filter just follow the hose from the carb, it was on the inside of the left hand panel. The oil filter is mounted on a bracket, just follow the small oil line from the side of the block (below the coil, or thereabouts) and you will find it. But don't be surprised if it has been removed.
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thanks for now Bill

the oil filter is what i was looking for i think it's gone i will look again

the more i look there are things missing as air filter and there has been a ele fuel pump put on
but it runs and i will only use it about 10 hours a year

i just put the volt meter on have just over 12 volts with it not running 11 1/2 running seeing the 12 on the alt i hope that means it's a 12 volt set up and not 6 volt

i guess you work on these as i didn't show very much in the picture
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Brian, Your 421 was built in 1961 and it is a - ground.
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