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My 10 Dollar Delco


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Old 09-08-2018, 08:48:32 PM
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Just back from a great auction where on the spur of the moment came home with this project . What I can say for sure is the one tag must be the serial number and reads 325400 and the other tag reads Delco - Light 750 watt 32 volt .
On the flywheel there is a long casting number but also a short one 12-13 does that mean anything ?

I realize it is missing the covers but can anyone say what model it is ?
Hard to matched it for me as I am not familiar with them, it was completely seized but now only the exhaust valve is .Work for tomorrow ,was on another site but could not make a match .
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I'd say its a 752. Looks like the one I had. That's the model that will self start with a 300 watt load on it. The lever on the side when turned down forces the throttle open for battery charging. Appears you are only missing the top cover, not a real issue. It would have had a 5 gallon metal can for fuel, with two small pipes on the top. One side would have a tube going through the pipe to the bottom which was attached to the fuel pump, the other side was for fuel return, as the carb only held a little bit and was an overflow type.

It has a few solenoids in it. Make sure the contacts are clean

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Thanks so much I believe that,s it ! A Model 752 now I can hunt down a manual. After watching the video I see all my missing bits the top cover ,side generator cover and the door with a amp meter in it .The door will be easy to make as the hinges are still on the generator . So I need a couple of 32 volt light bulbs for a load and a 6 volt battery to crank ?
Can it be dated by the tag number 325400 ?

Hope I don,t drive you crazy with questions but every since I was a kid and watched Green Acres I was fascinated with the little power plants.

Can a 12 battery be used to crank with frying the circuits ?

Cheers Mike

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So what I have seen is I need two 12 volt and one 8 volt battery to crank and run ,the years might be 1929 to 1932 .
Now I understand why you see so few at the shows it will need a 8 volt battery to complete it .
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I use 3-12 volt lawn mower batteries for my 32 volt lightplants. I just take them out of my other lawn tractors for show weekends. I have also used 3-12 volt light bulbs wired in a series before I found the 32 volt bulbs. Hope this helps and keeps some of your cost down for you.
Walmart did carry the bulbs and batteries.
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Okay Tim I do have 12 volt batteries here ,just back to cleaning it now found some great Youtube videos on the Model 752 .Cheers Mike
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Worked some more Sunday on it pulled the jug off to free the exhaust valve, it will need a new valve and rings to be right again ,the rings are stuck in and will likely break coming out . So I filled the sump with fresh oil put it back together and sprayed the outside with Krown to protected it until the time comes to rebuild it . Been a interesting project well worth the price . Here is a sight familiar years ago working on the Delco Light plant by the light of a Coleman .Cheers and thanks everyone Mike
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