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Generator Project 1920 Dodge 4 Cyl. Side Valve and Western Electric Generator


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Old 05-25-2010, 06:02:10 PM
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Default Generator Project 1920 Dodge 4 Cyl. Side Valve and Western Electric Generator

Were new to smokstack, but we have this old generator that we pulled out of an old factory is detroit MI. we think that it was one of the dodge brothers places where they supplied parts. We are going to post a couple of pictures to see if anyone could help us identify this generator. The generator is western electric and the engine is dodge brothers. We are missing a lot of parts on the engine and we are working on finding the missing parts. Are question is, is this generator rebuildable and who could do that in the Michigan area.
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Default Re: Generator Project 1920 Dodge 4 Cyl. Side Valve and Western Electric Generator

Well I am going to take some wild guesses here,
1. A test fixture for the engines, with no radiator or visible supports maybe they used city water for cooling.
2. A power supply for devices and parts built in plant, again no need for radiator as city water would provide cooling.
3. If it came from a Dodge Bros. plant, probably built in house so no manufacturer.
4. It has a clutch and most generators don't use them (don't need a failure when the power is out) so they may have used it as a power supply for maintenance purposes.
These are just some possibilities that you can consider unless you dig up an archive with pictures from that era.
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Thank you for the info. i guess in order to stay in line with my restoration project i will have to find a dodge radiator or something to keep it original. i realize i have my work cut out for me, but with your information i will stop looking for an image for one, because it could be hard to find.
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Interesting. I just picked up a 1929 Plymouth engine and trans just today. Don't know what I will do with it, but I couldn't let it go to the scrapper.
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I am probably way off base but are you sure that it is a generator. Could it possibly be a motor that drove the engine for testing of durability or function of accessories? Would have the advantage of the engine turning with out the noise, heat, and other accessories being in the way. Just an out of the box thought. Ken
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It looks like that it could be a D.C.generator,if so,it may have been used with a load grid to test,tune up or" run in" engines.If that were the case,it probably had a remote cooling and fuel system.
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I like Ken's idea, but I don't think that is what it is since the engine has a hand crank. No, what this is a early prototype hybrid.
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I think it's a back up power supply, at any rate the boy's and I are going to get it working. Thanks for the replies
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