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Where Are all the Onans Coming from


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Old 11-12-2017, 12:55:23 AM
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For $200 bucks i figure i can get the emerald and 4bga. If i can get the bga running i can get a few bucks for it. And the emerald ill put in my rv with an AGS system. I want that 10CW but its really heavy. It runs no issues at all. Double the weight of my marquis which is where the 10CW would live
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Not very many locally, and most are priced crazy. Once or twice a year something will show up at a reasonable asking price. Sometimes it pays to call even if the price is high. I called about a BFA priced at $300. The first thing I asked was "Can I see it run and produce power?". The seller admitted it didn't run and he could not figure out how to make it run. He then said I could have it for $100 if I came up today. I drove up and took a look, and grabbed it for the $100. The only thing wrong was the seller had substituted a Ford solenoid for the Onan solenoid, it would not even crank over, he was totally frustrated because he had replaced the solenoid and both relays in the control box and didn't know what to do next. But that was the exception. Most sellers seem to think they can get hundreds of dollars for a non running cold hunk of metal sitting on the ground.
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ALSO

it is a generational thing

until she checked,
my daughter had no idea of the cachet
formerly associated with the Onan brand.

lots of 20/30 YO cleaning out gramp's place
your typical estate appraiser or sale organizer
may spot S.W. native American pottery from the far side of the room.
FMV of misc. garage Items, a little less so.

they ask high as they have seen asked.

sellers working on a commission can be a problem.
my favorite is the kid who sold a 2.5 pound rock at a rock hound flea market
https://www.snopes.com/luck/discoveries/sapphire.asp
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Old 11-12-2017, 10:06:12 AM
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it is a generational thing

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lots of 20/30 YO cleaning out gramp's place


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sellers working on a commission can be a problem.
my favorite is the kid who sold a 2.5 pound rock at a rock hound flea market
https://www.snopes.com/luck/discoveries/sapphire.asp
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When I cleaned out my grandfather's garage that followed the passing of my grandparents in the 1970's, I did not find any Onans, but found guns dating back to the early 1900's and stuff like food rationing (or coupons??) from WWII. Lots of WWII stuff. I still got my grandfather's WWI 30-06 bolt action riffle with bayonet. Cleanouts are fun!

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Anyone know what this Onan is? Took this picture today, not sure how damaged it got being dumped, could not see data plates.

It is in a dump container a scrapper friend just hauled form local generator dealer. All are LPG I think, most generacs, one big Kohler at the end. I could probably get them very cheep if I wanted to bring a machine over to his place.
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Old 11-12-2017, 06:43:24 PM
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Both the Onan and the Kohler in the dumpster have Ford 2.5L motors. Would it be safe to assume the Onan is 1800RPM? I would have to bring equipment to flip gen set to look at tags, assuming the are still there.
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Man, I wish I had a garbage guy that makes dumpster pickups like that. Kind of remakes the phrase "dumpster diver".
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the one on its side looks to have an offset
from the gen CL and the likely crank location
possible gear or gimler belt drive
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:59:05 AM
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^^ I think that the offset appearance is just the starter mount. Looks to be in line when looking at it in person.
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When I cleaned out my grandfather's garage that followed the passing of my grandparents in the 1970's, I did not find any Onans, but found guns dating back to the early 1900's and stuff like food rationing (or coupons??) from WWII. Lots of WWII stuff. I still got my grandfather's WWI 30-06 bolt action riffle with bayonet. Cleanouts are fun!

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yea;
I got dad's late 40s browning A5
my daughter has it now
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