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What Have You Done to Your Onan Generator Today?


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Old 02-03-2013, 06:09:47 PM
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[QUOTE=Ed Sparks;873516]I have an old set of gasket punches for cutting bolt holes out, that came from my grandfathers tool collection.
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I have many tools from my Great Uncle, he was a machinist, & taught me a lot about sitting back & “figuring” things out. I am proud every time I pick up one of his tools. There are sets of Craftsmen wrenches right beside the old ones he used, but I use his old ones first most of the time.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:43:24 PM
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For making gaskets a real scalpal works wonders, they are available as industrial item. Handles much better than an Exacto knife (whick rolls arround in your hand). Instead of dragging it to make a cut, I just press it into material , then out and advance and press again. Works well for circles, edge is a series of short straight sections. Takes awhile but comes out nice.

My scalpal is a "Feather" brand #4, I use a #25 blade by "B-P"
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:52:53 PM
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Thanks everyone for the good ways in which to make gaskets. now i know what i will be doing this week can,t wait to make up some. i did cut out my manifold gaskets last month and i tell ya they look factory.lol

oh my hole puncher is one of my wifes paper hole punchers just the right size dia, lol she never missed it yet..
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I make hole punches from pipe nipples. Grind the end off at a tapper until it is sharp. Works great for 1/8" & up.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:28:51 PM
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I got all my 4ky back together and took a battery out of the trailer to try it starter was just clicking checked battery it was dead my daughter ran it down yesterday so I tried to jump it now I'm getting a fault code so I just gave that gen a 1 finger fault code back
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:51:16 PM
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The air temp. rose above 32 degrees today, so I thought I'd spend some time with the 5.0 CCK. I have'nt had time to do anything with it since I picked it up until now.
The plan was to degrease everything, perform a complete tune up, points, plugs, condensor, new plug wires, clean the carb., clean the gas tank, replace the fuel line, and filter.

Things did'nt quite work out though. I picked up the wrong diameter fuel line and filter. Onan also sent what turned out to be two different spark plugs, one having a long shaft, the other one short. I left the old plugs in for now.

I did'nt want to run the engine with the old dirty fuel filter in place after cleaning the carb., so I just pushed it back into the garage.

Looks like I need to spend a little more time with the old girl.
MAN...I like your tractor!!!
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:59:50 PM
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I make hole punches from pipe nipples. Grind the end off at a tapper until it is sharp. Works great for 1/8" & up.
Thanks Max never thought of using pipe nipples .
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Stainless Steel Tubing in Assorted Sizes make Excellent Hole Punches. Rattail File on the inside with large amounts of Elbow Grease will Sharpen them Nicely. Doug.
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Just got the remote start all hooked up and further hacked my noma battery back up pannel to hold the buttons

I just hope the lables come out as good as they do in my paint test picture lol
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I make hole punches from pipe nipples. Grind the end off at a tapper until it is sharp. Works great for 1/8" & up.
you know,,, of all the one off goofy little things,,, having a metal lathe set up makes stuff like this trivial. Don't know how many quick little things like that I've made. bushings for my brotherinlaw's front loader,,, pins for same,,, air adaptor for a friends fly fishing float tube,,, all just eyeball and a quick hack on something quick from the junk box. hole punches are really quick. Turn the outside of some random (easy machining) bar stock to the diameter of the hole, (unless you have a pipe nipple ;-) then a chamfered edge/hole in the end. I've had good luck using end grain 2x4 pine as backing. Seems to "cut in" and support the gasket material quite well. being able to put the chamfer on the inside edge seems to work better for me.

Love that thing ;-) If I was younger I'd change jobs and start as a machinist helper ;-)

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Looked at the new regulator box,,, and layed hands on the 15JC this morning getting in the truck to go to work.

Soon,,, 1/2 done with the texture and tape in the new mancave.
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MAN...I like your tractor!!!
Thanks. 1975 Gravely 816 (16.5 hp Onan CCKA). It's my newest model year. Oldest is a 1966. Ten tractors at this point, which is why I really have to try and not catch "green fever" too! The CCK would'nt be the only thing living in a "doghouse".
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Thanks. 1975 Gravely 816 (16.5 hp Onan CCKA). It's my newest model year. Oldest is a 1966. Ten tractors at this point, which is why I really have to try and not catch "green fever" too! The CCK would'nt be the only thing living in a "doghouse".
Just keep repeating, "I don't have an addiction, I don't have an addiction"....
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...having a metal lathe set up makes stuff like this trivial. Don't know how many quick little things like that I've made....
Oh yeah. Anyone with Onanitis should just stay away from machine tools. Very bad - Just as heavy, time-consuming, expensive and fun ...
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you know,,, of all the one off goofy little things,,, having a metal lathe set up makes stuff like this trivial.
That can also be an addiction. Need a small one to do the small stuff, need a ragged out one to do the dirty or rough work and a big one to do the big jobs. At least that what I tell the wife.

As far the original question, I "paid for" a 2.5LK and a 5.0CCK from an online city auction. Have to pick them up Friday to see what shape they are in. The price was right so I can always usw them for spare parts if they require too much to get them functional.


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Oh yeah. Anyone with Onanitis should just stay away from machine tools. Very bad - Just as heavy, time-consuming, expensive and fun ...
Sweet!!!,,, Logan 10 SB 9 Morey chucker, a couple of craftsmen 109's, a 1920's LeBlonde H3 horizontal mill. Yea,,, getting my first Onan is a real clue to the next few years if you know me
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Well i made my gaskets today for the BFA valve box lid or covers. turned out real nice no more little oil seppers there. we may have to run some ONAN POWER this week end heard that we might be in for a big Nor Easter up to two feet of snow? Bring it on lol
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:35:50 PM
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well heard the threat of a winter storm Nemo possibly may be dumping a foot or two of snow on the north east in the next 48 hours. so i checked the oil levels in my Onans and ran the BFA warmed her up good. she is the closest to the garage doors so she first in line for the up coming foul weather. Hope it blows over every one and we don,t have to use the Onans, but it is a good feeling knowing that we have em if we need em. thx Onan Dan
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I did the same thing this afternoon Danny.
Checked the oil and started up the snowblower let it run for a while. Then I did the same to three generators. I have a couple of small portables that I can take to customers homes if we get an extended outage to power the furnaces.
Started & ran my small 5 kw backup and the JB just to make sure .
We are predicted to get from 18-36 inches between tomorrow morning and saturday night with 50-60 mph winds.
A good old fashioned NorEaster.
Also sitting at high astronomical tides , so we should see some flooding along the shore and possibly over the bridge at high tide Sat morning.
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99% sure I have solved my starter trouble. Obtained a good spare starter, placed it and the tools needed to install same in a handy location. Now that I have them on hand, I am reasonably sure they will never be needed.
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I rolled my NH project into the pump house to make more room in my shop. I'm painting my Blazer.
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