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Delco Light Plant Model 8C3


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Old 07-12-2016, 10:03:12 AM
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Default Delco Light Plant Model 8C3

I have in my barn an old Delco Light Plant for which I would like to have some informations:
What year is it?
The flywheel has some kind of scoops. Are they for steam ?
What would be the market value of this old Hit & Miss?

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Default Re: Delco Light Plant Model 8C3

It is a throttle governed engine, not a hit & miss. The "scoops" are the cooling fan which pulls air down around the cylinder and then out through the vanes. It is in very nice condition.
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Default Re: Delco Light Plant Model 8C3

As mentioned, it's a throttle governed gasoline engine with the flywheel designed to draw air through the unit for cooling. It's almost identical to a model 752 that I just purchased......in about the same condition........for $50 US. I believe this model, like mine, is an automatic start if a load of over 200 watts is placed on it. The time period would be roughly in the mid 1930's.

Although there is some interest in the old Delco Light plants, they're just not as popular as flywheel engines in general and therefore not as valuable. There are a lot of factors involved, but it's mostly because they need a bank of batteries to run (expensive) and produce 32 volts D.C. As a result, you can only run a few light bulbs these days unless you're lucky enough to find some 32 volt accessories to go along with it. It does have value, just not as much as you'd think. The biggest drawback$ are the coils.....both ignition and battery.....that can go bad, as no replacements are readily available.

I mentioned batteries..........don't EVER try to start it without it being hooked up to at least 32 volts worth of batteries. The batteries are what help govern the engine speed on many Delco plants and without them it will overspeed to destruction. That cast iron flywheel probably weighs around fifty pounds and can cause a lot of damage/injury if it comes apart at speed. Three 12 volt batteries in series (36 volts) will work if nothing else and manuals are available from one of the members here (FDChief).
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Thank you very much for your well documented answers. I appreciate.

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