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32v Motor Conversion for washer to run on Delco Light Plant


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My wife collects washing machines. That is her show item. She came to this because she has a husband and four sons who live off of exhaust fumes. She determined that she needed something to do at shows, so she does laundry (don't ask)... she has come to have quite the collection, including a ABC Proto Type. She also has a Delco Light plant I bought her to go along with the "house hold items" and a pink Witte Lauren gave her to run her flat belt washers.

For the longest time she has wanted a wooden tub washer. Recently while on a tractor buying trip (I bought three) she managed to buy a nice wooden washer. No name. But all there and only in need of a good soak.

Except that the motor was toast. So... she has wanted to run one off the Delco for the longest time. For Christmas I bought her a 36v DC scooter motor for this purpose. We had planned to hide it in a wooden box and she would move it between a couple of different washers (including one that was actually an original 32v machine)...

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Then inspiration hit! It was small enough, why not gut the old motor and stuff it inside!?!

I started a new job, but Lauren was willing to once again participate in my madness...and do most of the work in my absence.

First up was machining a longer shaft for the motor to allow adequate length to clear the new "cases"


Then was the spacer as the motor is longer than the original windings


Lauren then machined the spacer with a taper to match the cases


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Fortunately the motors are designed to be mounted from the ends, so we used this feature to pinch it all together




All together and ready to go!


And the obligatory video:


I need to add a rheostat to control the speed better, but thanks to Lauren, I have a quite happy wife who will be doing laundry all weekend at the 2017 North West Regional!
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Default Re: 32v Motor Conversion for washer to run on Delco Light Plant

That's really something to fit all that in there like that.

Did you save all of the parts? It would be relatively straightforward to rewind it at some time in the future.

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The internals were beyond saving and not worth the investment. Fortunately it was not the original motor.
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Sir, I have a good 32volt electric motor for sale if interested. email me your phone number if you are interested in the motor. Thank you, Joe
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Set up today for our clubs annual show that occurs at the Twin Falls County Fair and Magic Valley Stampede. Found a nice little control for the dc motor. Mounted in a box to hide it and good to go.
Bought it off Amazon here, pretty cheap with prime: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YGTB3NO..._kGIPzbRE4NK03
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