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What Have You Done to Your Onan Generator Today?


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Old 01-26-2013, 10:49:13 PM
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Just looked out the window at my Emerald (under tarp) outside in the cold, been no higher than 10 for last ~ 5 days and several nights with no temperature.... 0 degs.
Waved to it, said stay in there buddy it's too cold for me out there.
Went to watch TV and have a beer.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:12:47 PM
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I am beginning to rethink my ideas on the value of these old Onans. Many of us enjoy buying “fixer uppers”, then bringing them back up into dependable condition. When I see a nice JC 15.0 3C on flea bay for $2,500 I think it is way over priced. But using the one I am working on now as an example. I gave $700 & a 130 mile 3 hour trip in a 7.5 mpg truck with the Bob Cat in tow, by the time I am done with it, allowing a nominal wage for labor & the cost of parts, $2,500 would be cheap.
I agree that these old guys are worth more than most of us have paid or sold them for. The alternative is to buy some cheap 3600 rpm screamer and hope it last five years. Thinking about owning a genset that can make fifty years still impresses me. As you stated, by the time we sell one; the parts, love, and labor that are put into it is worth a lot.

The young man I sold my 4.0 CCK-3CR (1975 model) to never even asked me to come down one penny. I gave him all the manuals on CD, showed him how to fully operate it, and showed it running under load. I showed him where the brushes are and how to check the brushes and clean the slip rings. Which I had already done. We talked about adjusting the valves, which I had not got around to and told him to call me with any questions. I felt it was going to a good home and would be taken care of.
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I don't mind working on something that I know won't spit out some other part in a week.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:47:30 PM
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Hi guys; i'm looking to sell some onan parts. Email me with part no.
And i'll will see what i have in stock.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:52:56 PM
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Do you have a list?
what vintage of parts, 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's.
What type of gensets ? small medium , large?
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I am beginning to rethink my ideas on the value of these old Onans. Many of us enjoy buying “fixer uppers”, then bringing them back up into dependable condition. When I see a nice JC 15.0 3C on flea bay for $2,500 I think it is way over priced. But using the one I am working on now as an example. I gave $700 & a 130 mile 3 hour trip in a 7.5 mpg truck with the Bob Cat in tow, by the time I am done with it, allowing a nominal wage for labor & the cost of parts, $2,500 would be cheap.
I have couple that have way to much in but I know what is in them and they will last another 50-60 years and the fun is building them !
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:58:59 AM
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Max is thinking like i have been lately buy an onan for a cheaper price then you got to start putting money in them for this and that,lol i enjoy the hunting, looking and searching for the love of my heart an Onan i am talking about.lol i found her she is a prestine well maintained and really a nice kept in door all of her days. its a 15JC 3CR -1980 year and the guy has it said it was calling out my name the other day. so i asked him give me a price so if its not to far out of the ball park i may just have to break open my piggy bank and give that Onan a home.
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Purchase price is part of the equation, as is condition and the probability that it will still be running decades from now.

Purchase a modern day screamer and you will be lucky to get 5-10 years life expectancy out of them.
Our old green machines were designed to last almost forever and keep on running with proper maintenance and love.
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I am beginning to rethink my ideas on the value of these old Onans. Many of us enjoy buying “fixer uppers”, then bringing them back up into dependable condition. When I see a nice JC 15.0 3C on flea bay for $2,500 I think it is way over priced. But using the one I am working on now as an example. I gave $700 & a 130 mile 3 hour trip in a 7.5 mpg truck with the Bob Cat in tow, by the time I am done with it, allowing a nominal wage for labor & the cost of parts, $2,500 would be cheap.
But it's still fun to fix them up. That's the part of the hobby I really enjoy.

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The young man I sold my 4.0 CCK-3CR (1975 model) to never even asked me to come down one penny. I gave him all the manuals on CD, showed him how to fully operate it, and showed it running under load. I showed him where the brushes are and how to check the brushes and clean the slip rings. Which I had already done. We talked about adjusting the valves, which I had not got around to and told him to call me with any questions. I felt it was going to a good home and would be taken care of.
If I needed a good reliable generator, I would not hesitate for a second to give either of you gentlemen (or most of the members of this board) the asking price. I know you would have gone through it, cleaned it, given it new plugs, points, filters, oil change, and any other maintenance it needed. In other words, I would be buying a turn key generator that would give me years of reliable service. Now... How often do you see that in the real world? Or on eBay? Most sellers show you a cold lump of metal sitting on the ground or garage floor and tell you "It worked the last time it was used". Most of the eBay people just want to flip it for a quick buck.

If you buy a used car, you want to test drive it...
If you buy a used TV, you want to see a picture...
If you buy a used lawn mower, you want to see it cut grass...

Why is it that so many people selling used generators seem to think I will happily fork over hundreds or thousands of dollars without even seeing it run, much less generate?

I make a point of showing up and asking to see it run. When it doesn't, I offer a low price, like say $100 for a RV pull, maybe a bit more if it looks nice. Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don't, but I always ask the seller why he thinks I should pay top dollar when he can't even be bothered to demonstrate it.

Of all the Onan's I have, only ONCE has a previous owner had it set up and running. The gentleman got his asking price.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:57:17 PM
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Kevin: You & i have the same philosophy on buying. If it runs and generates then we can talk reasonable $$. If not it's worth a little$ for me to take a risk that it might be a usable generator that can be made to run & generate with a little love and parts.
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