Generators and Motors
[Home] - [HELP] - [Forums] - [Library] - [Photo Gallery] - [Groups] - [Classified Ads] - [Subscribe] - [Links] - [Books] - [Sponsors] -

Go Back   SmokStak > SmokStak® Vintage Electrical Equipment > Generators & Electric Motors General Discussion > Onan Generators
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Notices

Onan Generators Restoring, operating and maintaining vintage Onan generators.

Onan Generators

Voices of the Past


this thread has 67 replies and has been viewed 2694 times

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-04-2017, 05:33:25 PM
JohnnyC JohnnyC is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Boonton, New Jersey
Posts: 4,943
Thanks: 1,733
Thanked 2,481 Times in 1,430 Posts
Default Voices of the Past

While eating dinner today, I decided to randomly go back in time and read postings on this forum from different time periods dating back to the beginning of time up until 2013-ish. Lots of GREAT postings with very useful information from very knowledgeable people. While viewing multiple threads from some of the old timers, they seem to suddenly drop off the face of the earth and vanish -POOF- into thin air never to be heard from again. What happened to some of the once popular old timers from the past? I basically joined this group when Ed Sparks passed away, but what about the others? Another question - who is the longest active member currently in this group? Billy?

Anyway, can anyone shed some light on some of the brilliant members of the past that are no longer here? I'm sure Billy, Jim M, Leon, and others may have good stories from the past. OK, back to eating dinner for me - 1 more BBQ rib to eat then off to the garage.

JohnnyC
New Jersey
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to JohnnyC For This Post:
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 10-04-2017, 07:23:50 PM
Billy J Shafer's Avatar
Billy J Shafer Billy J Shafer is online now
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Centerville, Texas
Posts: 17,147
Thanks: 8,877
Thanked 14,490 Times in 6,840 Posts
Default Re: Voices of the Past

I think I am the oldest active Onan member. Forgot the first time I joined. Some passed on,some stayed long enough to learn what they needed. Some come around now and then.

I have a few stories after 48 years.
Worked on a transfer switch that wouldn't transfer for an hour. Noticed the transfer motor turned off.

Sleeping at a tower site out west. Getting woke up by buzzing B1 bombers out of Dyess AFB.

Getting puked on by buzzards. Brownwood GTE site.

Worked at the BUFF hangers at Carswell AFB. While the APs had fifty cals pointed at us.

The hardest place to work at. Was the mental homes for kids. I had a real good helper at one. He was 11 years old and would meet me at the door. When saw me coming. Would carry my tools for me. Knew what I needed before I did some times.

I can recall one time the director came out and ask me what was wrong. Before I could answer. My helper looked at him and said. It's F##kin broke. I had to get on to him for talking like that.

But I never could get out of those places without crying. Saw a few other service techs having the same problem.
__________________
I don't talk to myself. This early in the morning. Why the hell should I talk to you.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-04-2017, 08:12:59 PM
Gunny Gunny is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 3,704
Thanks: 1,598
Thanked 1,593 Times in 1,012 Posts
Default Re: Voices of the Past

Went to do some work at a mental hospital. Co-worker warned me to keep my truck locked, Billy knows how big of a pain that gets t be, unlock it, get a tool, lock it, do it gain a few dozen times.
The part I missed was keep the cab locked. I went to get something and there was 3 of them in the cab, took me a good while to get them out so I could leave. A trip to the candy machine did it, cost me $2.00 worth of candy. Some of the folks that were here they kept locked up, some roamed the grounds.
After meeting some of the doctors there, think that some of them were on the wrong side of the care thing, they firtright in, hard to tell if they were patients ot care givers.

Went out one morning while a nice snow storm was starting up, sent to change a water pump on a Cummins NTA, seems that they usually lost a water pump when it was real cold out.
About the time I got there, another customer called, generator won't crank. This was at a data center, not so critical. It wouldn't g for a weekly test,I asked what he meant by it won't crank, does it turn over? It won't crank could have several different meanings, do I need t bring batteries, a starter.... He said it won't crank C R A N K, got real ill at me. I told him I'd be there as soon as I could, as soon as I got this water pump on at a water treatment plant. A few minute s later he called again and that's the day went, he must have called me 10 times. Finally finished the water pump and headed his way and called him and told him that I'd be there as soon as traffic and the storm allowed, was snowing like crazy now. He was really ill by this time. Finally got there and within a few minutes he called again really ticked and asked if I had it fixed yet. Told him that they won't C R A N K if the switch was in the O F F position. A few minutes of silence and he said to send him a bill.
Reply With Quote
The Following 11 Users Say Thank You to Gunny For This Post:
  #4  
Old 10-04-2017, 08:39:16 PM
Leon N. Leon N. is offline
Registered-III
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: N. Chelmsford, MA, USA
Posts: 3,947
Thanks: 712
Thanked 2,325 Times in 1,359 Posts
Default Re: Voices of the Past

You mention Ed Sparks. I recall many very interesting discussions with Ed on the Stak. In fact I even stopped by his home in Harpswell, ME area one time. I brought my loose leaf note books with all my original Onan literature mostly on the j-Line, and specifically the JB. He showed me his new JB generator shed and the propane fuel supply set up. Very nicely done. We had a lot in common, besides his JB. He had an old Corvair Monza car under a tarp. He was going to restore it along with a 10 CW Onan. I also had a brand new 1962 Corvair as I left college and traveled to Waco where I under went navigator school training at JCAFB. I loved that Corvair. If anyone is interested I could tell you a lot about that car technically speaking.

I went to Ed's wake and met his wife Collete. She later contacted me to see if I wanted the old Corvair. I had to decline because I no longer had the facilities to restore a car. Boy, I wish I had kept my Corvair. In spite of all its bad press it never let me down (full speed across the hot Southwest) on my way to CA for B52 orientation and subsequently back to MA where I was stationed in the 8th AF. Funny story, I pulled into a gas station somewhere down South and the attendant said: "You want Hi test for that car, why you will burn out the motor?!" Little did he know it was a high compression engine and required Hi-test gas. Those were the days you could purchase white gas.

We have many relatives in Maine. I also visited Ted Cool in China Lake, Me. He had a JC and a spare but burnt out magneciter on the shelf. We had many discussions and I gave him a packet of brand new Onan decals since Onan sent me two copies. I recall he was big on I think, converting wood into a gas supposedly to burn in his JC. Wonder what ever happened to Ted.

I can't recall a Stak member who lives on Cape Cod and refurbished a JB. He was so interested in my set up he dropped by and is a nice hospitality fashion brought me a cake! I showed him my JB and started it up and I recall him saying :"gee it runs so smooth with little vibration"! That got me thinking maybe his JB had a broken tooth on the flywheel, but I never followed up on that. I know his name is in the Stak kind of lost interest in his endeavors because he seemed to drop off the radar just like Ted Cool.

Geeze don't get me going because for some reason it gets me thinking of my demise.
Reply With Quote
The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to Leon N. For This Post:
  #5  
Old 10-04-2017, 08:42:38 PM
Billy J Shafer's Avatar
Billy J Shafer Billy J Shafer is online now
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Centerville, Texas
Posts: 17,147
Thanks: 8,877
Thanked 14,490 Times in 6,840 Posts
Default Re: Voices of the Past

Another PIA was prison units. Go through the security checks every time you needed something. Then there is Rusk mental prison. All the generators were in the kill lane. I wasn't sure who was who at some units.

Then you had the ones that call you out at night. Then want to know if it will be overtime.

Leon I didn't you were at JCAFB. Most of the base is still there. Now a trade school and some business location. Except now it is in the city limits of Bellmead I believe.

Ed was from Mesquite Texas. Moved when he was a kid. We both knew some of the same people. Went to the Mesquite rodeo when it was way out in the country. Now citified.
__________________
I don't talk to myself. This early in the morning. Why the hell should I talk to you.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-04-2017, 08:48:39 PM
JohnnyC JohnnyC is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Boonton, New Jersey
Posts: 4,943
Thanks: 1,733
Thanked 2,481 Times in 1,430 Posts
Default Re: Voices of the Past

Well, I have no credits as for professional experience since this is a hobby for me, but a serious hobby after 2 hurricanes. However, I will say the two highlights of my 3 years on this forum are 1) hosting the Death Match - Onan vs China's Champion, and 2) Totally amazed to learn that one of my Onans ran perfectly while drizzling human piss down it's carburetor as it was running on gasoline. What else can I say

JohnnyC
New Jersey
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-04-2017, 08:53:28 PM
wxyoung2008 wxyoung2008 is offline
Email NOT Working
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Dallas, Texas
Posts: 335
Thanks: 203
Thanked 67 Times in 41 Posts
Default Re: Voices of the Past

BobbyZ did some work for me a time or two via mail-in of the part. I don't see any posts from him anymore.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-04-2017, 08:56:37 PM
Billy J Shafer's Avatar
Billy J Shafer Billy J Shafer is online now
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Centerville, Texas
Posts: 17,147
Thanks: 8,877
Thanked 14,490 Times in 6,840 Posts
Default Re: Voices of the Past

I just got a CW from bobby. He is very busy these days. I had a hard time keeping up with him. But he is still out there.
__________________
I don't talk to myself. This early in the morning. Why the hell should I talk to you.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-04-2017, 09:02:19 PM
wxyoung2008 wxyoung2008 is offline
Email NOT Working
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Dallas, Texas
Posts: 335
Thanks: 203
Thanked 67 Times in 41 Posts
Default Re: Voices of the Past

[QUOTE Ed was from Mesquite Texas. Moved when he was a kid. We both knew some of the same people. Went to the Mesquite rodeo when it was way out in the country. Now citified.[/QUOTE]

Been to that citified version of the Mesquite Rodeo a few times myself. They had to move to the city...Those Drug Store - Rhinestone Cowboy patrons wouldn't show up for fear of getting their 4WD pickups dusty.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-04-2017, 09:22:03 PM
Leon N. Leon N. is offline
Registered-III
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: N. Chelmsford, MA, USA
Posts: 3,947
Thanks: 712
Thanked 2,325 Times in 1,359 Posts
Default Re: Voices of the Past

I went to JCAFB in June of 1962. I still remember very vividly the room, the class, the desk I sat at and the door when someone entered and told us the president was shot.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

F o r u m Jump

Similar Threads Chosen at Random
Thread Thread Starter F o r u m Replies Last Post
From Our Past Winchester Smokstak Down Under 46 01-19-2017 05:08:43 AM
Field Day of the Past crg4w Onan Generators 1 09-21-2012 01:54:30 PM
Old Iron from the past John Deck Steam Stationary Engines, Traction Engines, Steam Boats 4 07-11-2010 05:49:06 PM
What I have been doing for the past 10 months Ron Davis Antique Autos and Trucks 12 03-18-2010 09:46:26 PM


Use "Ctrl" mouse wheel to change screen size.
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:44:06 AM.

Smokstak and Enginads site search!


All use is subject to our TERMS OF SERVICE
SMOKSTAK® is a Registered Trade Mark - A Community of Antique Engine Enthusiasts
Copyright © 2000 - 2016 by Harry Matthews P.O. Box 5612 - Sarasota, FL 34277