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Old 01-21-2012, 08:07:34 PM
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I have a few questions what type is it, do you have to have batteries hookup too it for it to start, are there any manuals for these things in the third picture there is a wire coming of the top of what I think is the coil does it go to the postive post where the batteries hookup for it to start and run the serial# is 198686
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Default Re: First DELCO 32 volt generator

I think it is a model 600 made about 1924. 38 volts, 16 amps at 1500 rpm.

Hopefully the other resident Delco guys will chime in with me, as we don't have Delco Don to answer this.....I know enough to be dangerous...

However, I am enclosing the wiring diagram and troubleshooting parameters to follow to hopefully get it to run. Follow the directions one at a time with the battery in place. Use a voltmeter if you do not have any 32 volt lightbulbs. THis will trouble shoot the wiring on it.

You will need 32 volts of battery power to run it. I like 2 12 and one 8 volt in series. However it's not a crime to use 3 12 volts for 36 volts either. The way it is wired to the batteries allows for spark and for governing the speed of the engine. Note the circular resistor on the coil, it drops the voltage to around 4 volts as not to overheat the coil. Clean the armature onder the brushes and make sure the points are clean and open when it says so on the flywheel. There will be a "IGN" mark on the flywheel and a arrow on the breather tube.

Hit and Miss sells the mechanical manual for the early plants like this. They are low compression and as long as it has spark, it should run.

Check out this website. It's well done and interesting..

http://delcolight.com/index.html
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Default Re: First DELCO 32 volt generator

The wire that is hooked to the center of the coil resistor was used by some one to start it with a 6 volt battery [for ignition] by hand cranking,it isn't a factory wire.Don't hook wire this to the 32 volt battery when starting with 32 volt it will burn out the coil.
You should have a load on this generator if running without a battery.{Some type of a load light bulbs [you can run 12 volt in series], motors or resistance heater} Dale Burkman
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so I should be able to start this engine without any batteries hooked to it so it should make its own electricity through coil and points system to fire and run that's after i clean the points ,spark plug IS this right
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Default Re: First DELCO 32 volt generator

No,

You need the batteries hooked up for it to spark and to generate, as long as all the wires are properly hooked up.

It is not self exciting, and probably won't produce anything if you run it off of a car coil. It will also over speed as it relies on the battery load or a load put to it to slow it down to 1500rpms
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