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Jensen #55-G Deluxe Power Plant


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Old 01-06-2019, 02:33:57 AM
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This one will be 20 years old on August 20 of this year, will have to see if I remember its birthday... I am not sure if the firebox has been re-painted, I know they came black, but the paint looks pretty rough on this one. It's also my most worn out/sloppy/noisy 55 so I think it's seen a lot of running with little care. Even the wood base corners are all dinged up. Bruce (SPS) pointed out awhile back that newer 55's come with a heavier spring on the reverser, and John Loughner let us know that they will run better with the older, smaller style spring. John is also the man responsible in the production of these and they feature his ball-bearing #15 generators. This one has a frosted glass light bulb, don't know if that was specially done or just a later replacement. Gil has previously stated, "John Loughner developed and made these for John Foskett. While officially unauthorized by Tom Jensen Jr., They were offered only through Jensen via John Foskett, the then sales manager/general manager of Jensen Steam engines." I had always thought about finding a better 55 from the same time period and swapping engines as this one is worn a lot, but I will probably never run it again so will likely leave it original...

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That's a really nice little engine!
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Default Re: Jensen #55-G Deluxe Power Plant

Forgot to mention, the variac was set around 75-80 volts for this run, and about 90-95 volts in the dark part of the video where it ran slightly faster. All just to power a little light bulb
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Looks great, Nick..!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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What is this Variac? Is it some sort of variable resistor for the heater?
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What is this Variac? Is it some sort of variable resistor for the heater?
Google gives me this: Variac is a generic trade name for a variable autotransformer.

I would describe it as a heavy duty dimmer switch that you plug the heater into.

Mine is a used Powerstat that I picked up on ebay for $30. (picture #1 below) They are very heavy, so watch shipping prices.

You can buy a new model from Amazon for $70, but they are made in China (picture #2 below)

Or you can make your own as previous Jensen collector IndianaRog has done

http://www.indianarog.com/restorerstoolbox.htm#86383001
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:55:10 PM
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Here you can buy one exactly like mine for less than I paid.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Variac-Tran...W/162118014351
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