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Delco 300? 110V


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Default Delco 300? 110V

We have what I believe to be a 300 model
Delco with 110V output.
We are trying to get it to run and I can not get any
fire from the plug (new).
I have voltage from the control panel, down thru the
points and back up to the coil.
I measured the resistance on the coil and came up
with 0.
This coil has the condenser mounted on the coil.
Can a automotive type coil be used on these???
Except for the variable resistor on the back end
of the coil, this looks like a kohler, / automotive
coil.
Thanks in advance for any help!
I will take a picture of this and post tonight.

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Default Re: Delco 300? 110V

Are you able to post some pictures of the delco king? I know many people would love to see a photo of it. Also, what is the serial #?
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Where is the serial number located??
I'll get a picture today and post.
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Default Re: Delco 300? 110V

Post a picture of the coil, it may have an internal condenser that is bad.
Yes you can use an automotive type coil, more than likely the ignition voltage is going to be 32 V so you will have to figure out how to use the existing resistor to reduce the voltage.
If you have a cold or coil with the internal resister I would use that in addition to the large 32 V resistor, it will help with the long Jevity of the points.
I have a electrical service reprint manual for sale also.
We also have some points and possibly other parts that would fit this model.
The serial number is on a tag that is riveted on the block directly under the exhaust.
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Default Re: Delco 300? 110V

Here are some pic of the unit.
Based on the S/N does anyone know
about what year this is?
I'm assuming that I can use two 12v
batteries hooked in series for starting?
Thanks again for any help!
olf20 / Bob
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Default Re: Delco 300? 110V

My reference goes a little farther.

Warren, looks like it was made between Jul 1 1923 (170000) to Jan of 1924(184000) around 2333/mo

Kris, yours was made between Jul 1 1919 (73000) and Jan of 1920 (94000) around 3500/mo
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Default Re: Delco 300? 110V

I'd wager that's a model 1271 110V DC. Looks like a bigger 850
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Default Re: Delco 300? 110V

I agree I don't think it is a 300 series either.
Doesn't have the right carburetor to be a 300
What is the diameter of the flywheel?
I don't have a 1250 and I've always been curious about the dimensions of a 1250.
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My 6005 engine only was the same size as the 1250, 1271 and 1278

It looks exactly like the 850, but its taller and has a bigger crankcase and cyliinder
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Default Re: Delco 300? 110V

Agreed, it is definitely not a 300 series delco plant. From what i'v read or been told in the past, if the color of the light plant is "RED" it was returned to the factory for a re-furb. Once the repairs were completed it was re-painted red by the factory.
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I agree. Delco Don (RIP) had said that too. My 6005 was red, with black paint under it.
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Default Re: Delco 300? 110V

Thanks for all the replies. I will get the
diameter of the flywheel this weekend.
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Default Re: Delco 300? 110V

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My 6005 engine only was the same size as the 1250, 1271 and 1278

It looks exactly like the 850, but its taller and has a bigger crankcase and cyliinder
Mike

Do you have an opinion as to why the 8C3 light plants vibrate so much?

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Default Re: Delco 300? 110V

I had my 752 mounted solidly to a heavy wood frame, and it vibrated a bit. My best guess would be that the crankcase and rotor are not super heavy, the whole affair was a lighter plant in weight. That would make it easy for harmonics to get it to vibrate.

Figure, every picture we see of any of those plants are on a cement foundation. I'm sure that took out the vibration issue in a big way. It seems the bigger plants and the weight took care of that issue by themselves. My 850's don't vibrate badly, and they are a chore to move around.....The rotors weight a ton too.

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