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My New PE-197


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Old 12-24-2017, 12:41:17 AM
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This link gives shows the sequence and torque.

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Thanks a lot Rich, that will help tons!
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I decided to take the head off today to get the new head gasket installed. When I got the head off, I found some rusty water in the cylinder closest to the radiator. I also noticed that the head gasket was installed upside down. Could this be the issue to the wayer in the cylinder?

I thought that somebody had replace the head on this engine sometime in its life, but that turned out not to be true. While I was degreasing the head for sandblasting I was able to find some original OD paint underneath the red color. I got the head blasted and primed with red oxide primer. I ordered some WW2 Signal Corps green spray paint from Midwest Military, I'm hoping it's a close match to the original paint.
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Ok so here is some progress on my generator. It turns out that this generator has been painted at least three times in is life. The factory paint job, a "depot rebuild" paint job, and its current ugly silver. After disassembling some parts on the generator, I found their true original color. For example, the Purolator oil filter was painted a rusty orange color, the oil fill / oil breather was painted flat black with a red cap.

I have decided to return my PE-197 back to its original factory color. Its going to be a lot more work than expected, but I'm sure its going to look great when done.

Here are some pictures of my progress
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Here are some of the restored parts. I love the round American Bosch tag on the magneto. I switched the position of the two tags (put the nicer one facing outward) Does anyone know where I can get NOS tags or reproductions? I found somebody on the G503 forums that has decals for the oil breather filter that I plan on purchasing later on.
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Hi everyone, havent posted any progress in a while so here are some pictures. I recently stripped the whole generator down. I removed the panel and the battery box/fuel tank bracket, then the engine and generator were removed from the frame. The frame has now been sand blasted and painted with red primer. I still have a lot of scraping to do on the engine and Generator before they can get primered. Enjoy these pictures in the meantime
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That is going to turn out SWEET!! Nothing like a little hands on training! Keep up the good work.
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Chris, you are making great progress on your 197. I can't wait to see it finished, it will be a factory fresh build!! You know the Ben Hur at Ft. Mac. is a generator trailer. Only the gen. trailers were built with a spare tire carrier.
With it and your P.E. 197, you can build a K-63A Gen. Trailer. I can send you the exact measurements where the holes need to be drilled in the floor for the Jerry can holders. My trailer had P.E. 95 in it and still has ALL the correct mounting holes, and ONLY them, no others.
Well, keep up the great work!!

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Some unfortunate news with my restoration, my phone crapped out a while back with all of my restoration pictures. Still working on trying to get the photos off the broken phone. But here is a picture of my current progress
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Hey everyone,

I have made a lot of progress on my generator restoration since the last time I have posted. I got the whole thing mounted back onto its skid, and most of the smaller components installed. The only thing left to do now is the radiator, control panel, and the installation of the oil pan. I still need to have the outer sheet metal cowling sandblasted, but I am saving that for last.

Back in February of this year, I got the big round aluminum plug that goes on the lower left hand corner of the generator from Stak member Ed Stoller. If any of you have seen Ed's PE 197, you'll see that it has seen better days. The plug was in no better shape, but with some love and a few months of soaking in PB penetrating oil, the cap finally gave free. I had to use a giant pipe wrench with some thick leather on the teeth so it wouldn't gall the cap.
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Very nice, When my left shoulder surgery heals up, I need to catch up to working my mechanicals and restoration of my PE-197's. Just love the simplicity of these old generators. Everything is on hold till I can lift with my left arm.
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