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Delco #1278

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Old 08-18-2002, 08:15:27 AM
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Finally got it running. Now I need to increase my search for external parts. Does anyone know were I can get a crank for it? I have a repoduction Aluminummmmm one but it tends to wear real fast. Also looking hard for other parts for it if some one has one laying around for parts.

Have pictures of it the way I got it on my home page.
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Old 08-19-2002, 12:04:11 AM
Don C. Wiley
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I have a crank for all of the Delco-Light generators I have that use one. The Little Joe's used a rope. I have all the cranks fastened to a display board in my shop and I never use them. They were only used when you were dumb enough to allow your Delco-Light battery to go dead or so low it wouldn't start the motor. That's one reason I have Delco-Light generators, just push a button and off you go. No skinned hands and sore shoulder muscles.

I can see by your picture that the coil on your 1278 has the voltage droping resistor on it. When properly hooked to a 32 volt battery the reisistor drops the 32 volts to around 4 volts to opperate the coil.

If you have the unit properly hooked to a 32 volt battery the DC generator serves as a DC motor/starter. No need for a crank. Just lift up on the lever below the cut out coil on the control panel and the motor will be turned about as fast as when it is running. That is if your battery is at least 75 percent fully charged.

I think I have a manual for a Model-1278 but I'm not too sure of that. I don't have the time now to check, but I will try to do that in the next couple of days. That one was a little different than most because it was designed to charge the batteries or to run a line shaft. It has an adjustable governor on it. You were supposed to disconnect the electric load before you used it to opperate the line shaft. It didn't have enough horse power(2-1/2) to do both at the same time.

Have fun and drive safely!

"DELCO DON" Southern Illinois
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