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saw an Onan today the likes of which I've never seen before


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Old 04-23-2014, 10:41:55 PM
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Default saw an Onan today the likes of which I've never seen before

my son has a penchant for troublesome cars, at present a 93 Mit 3000 GT
[it will throw your @$$ back in the seat when running]
I followed it on the back of a tow truck to the [shared space] shop of the local expert.
wandering around while my son and the mechanic conferred I spot...
fresh from being ripped from somewhere...
a really big Onan where another fellow was charging the battery
one of those long thin [50s buick/clark fork lift] 12V batteries.
big push rod OHV V8 I did not recognize so likely a IH truck engine or???
Big 1Bl carb and a big gen end. too dark to read the gen end plate.
next time I will take a flash light and a camera
it looked relatively un-molested except some sort of aftermarket actuator near the carb.

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Default Re: saw an Onan today the likes of which I've never seen B4

Just what you need, no doubt.
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Default Re: saw an Onan today the likes of which I've never seen B4

If you get a look at model number, IH code is K, as in 85KR (an 85kW Onan with an IH 549 V-8 engine)

The thin 3E batteries were used to fit inside the skid base. Almost never used in new eqipment these days, but very common in the 60's and early 70's in machinery of all types including the JD 3010, 3020, 4010 and 4020 tractors.
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Default Re: saw an Onan today the likes of which I've never seen before

There was also one with a Roi line engine on it. Don't remember the letter code. But it looked as big as a volkswagon.
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There was also one with a Roi line engine on it. Don't remember the letter code. But it looked as big as a volkswagon.

The WE. Big old engine maybe 800+ cubic inch. What were they Billy about 150-200KW?
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Default Re: saw an Onan today the likes of which I've never seen before

picture that yard deep GE double door refrigerator
now picture it laying on it's side... that size

one really big V8, could easily be an IH truck item
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Wayne 150 If I remember correctly. They are rare.
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Default Re: saw an Onan today the likes of which I've never seen before

Long thin 12volt batteries are still popular in the ag industry. They don't fit the kids cars so they seem to evaporate at a slower rate than normat car or truck configurations.
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Default Re: saw an Onan today the likes of which I've never seen before

I wonder if it could be an old ford super duty v8? Back in the late 50's until the 70's at least, ford had a completely separate line of v8 engines for heavy duty use. They were called super duty back before every ford truck bigger than a half ton was called that. The biggest one was 534 cubic inches, and it made a little over 250 hp. These engines were designed for high torque at low rpm with durability. We know onan used ford engines, so maybe they used the super duty engines too?
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The largest Ford engine I have seen on an Onan is a 460. The older big V-8's were commonly the IH and much larger Roline/Waukesha.
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