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Old 08-17-2018, 08:29:54 AM
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Default Delco 600W Light Plant Oil Capacity

I’ve just acquired a Delco 600W Farm Lighting plant, after start up it gets to much Oil blow by into the combustion and over board with leakage. I suspect the oil level is way to high as it’s upto the top of the fill screw cap. Does anyone know the level height that it should have or the capacity of the tank, so I can drain and refill with the correct level.
Many Thks Les
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:30:47 AM
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Default Re: Delco 600W Light plant oil capacity

Jonesey,
Somewhere on your engine there should be an indicator that would tell you when the oil level is full.

Having said that, the good book says,
"At the end of almost twenty hours of running, remove the filling plug, or look at the oil indicator. Add oil until it shows in the filling hole, or until the indicator shows FULL. This should always be done before starting the engine."

"If Plant throws oil:-
1. Gaskets may be blown out. Make sure oil does not come from the base of the cylinder head, base of cylinder or from around the cover plate. Inserting an extra gasket will eliminate oil leaking from crevices.

2. Felt washers in bearing housings may be worn. (applies to plants below #14395) Replace with fibre washers, also stop up drain hole with fibre plug.

3. Valve plungers may be pumping oil. Clean out hole in bottom of valve plungers and slot in push rods; then fill valve plungers with good grade felt.

4. There may be a sand hole in castings. A small sand hole may be stopped up with iron cement.

5. Crank case may be porous. Clean inside of crank case thoroughly and paint with a good filler, such as white lead.

6. Intake Breather Valve not working properly."

Hope this is of some help. Good luck

Best wishes, jayvee

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Default Re: Delco 600W Light Plant Oil Capacity

Hello all
That is a really nice display. I like the glass battery inclusion. You don't see that very often.

Cheers Scott
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Old 08-18-2018, 12:02:46 AM
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Default Re: Delco 600W Light Plant Oil Capacity

Id say Jayvee's no.6 is the cause . Crankcase breather.
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Thanks Jayvee, unfortunately the level indicator doesn’t work as it points to half full and the level is upto the top of the fill cap. There appears to be to much oil on top of the piston and spark plug as well as weaping around the base of the induction tube through the cork gasket. I will replace the cork but uncertain if the oil in the cylinder is either a cylinder ring problem or oil level to high, so I will drain crankcase and refill if I can determine what capacity it holds.
In regard to item 3 and 6 in your response, can’t locate any crankcase breather valve or the valve plunger, is that the intake/exhaust valve ?
Thks Les

---------- Post added at 04:25:02 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:18:18 PM ----------

Thanks Scotty, yes the glass batteries are hard to find, I will run a 32V drill and fan if I can get the engine to run properly and fix the oil problem. The engine is not that smooth.
Rgds Les
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Default Re: Delco 600W Light Plant Oil Capacity

In the first picture there is a vertical plug with a pin going through it ,, I would guess that is the level plug and filler .
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Default Re: Delco 600W Light Plant Oil Capacity

What is the tall cylinder looking thing with the brown top and the pipe coming and out heading down?
And also the dipper switch looking gismo to the left of it?

At a rough guess, I'll have a bet there's a breather in one of those. My better guess is at the base of that tall tube.

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Yes Brock that is the oil fill cap but it doesn’t have a dip stick. Thks Les

---------- Post added at 04:42:49 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:36:36 PM ----------

Scotty that is the induction pipe with the fuel/air metering valve on top. The engine has a positive crankcase ventilation system, that is the air inlet is via the crankcase. Saying that it does have a small hole half way up the tube but not much oil coming out of the hole.
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Old 08-19-2018, 08:42:35 AM
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Default Re: Delco 600W Light Plant Oil Capacity

the motor having a very low down fill plug, would seem to be impossible to overfill to the extent of causing a problem?

curious to know what exact type of oil is being used?
"air inlet is via the crankcase"
possibly if a multigrade is being used, it might be too thin, allowing it to form fine splash particles in the air which get "consumed'? remember that multigrade oils are made from the lower grade base oil, then the multigrade additive is added until the desired high grade viscosity is achieved at the high temperature rating. at all times the actual oil itself is always the lower grade thinner oil. the multigrade features have amazing benefits for car engine lubrication, but could well do nothing to stop a thin oil from forming small particles? .... cheers Rod.
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I’m not sure of the grade oil, as I’ve just odtained it from another collector. I plan to drain it tomorrow as I found out the capacity which is 3 pints or 1.4 litres and that will give me a guide to see if it was over full. I will refill it with 30 grade for stationary engines and see if that fixes the problem.
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Default Re: Delco 600W Light Plant Oil Capacity

Hi Jonesey,
A while ago you sent me a couple of PM's about B model Mack parts and a SP1 McDonald engine. I replied but haven't heard back on either. Do you still have access to them?
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Hi Cobbadog
You’ve got me with that query, can you refresh my mind as I don’t remember. How long ago was it ?
Rgds Les
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Default Re: Delco 600W Light Plant Oil Capacity

It was about 12 months back when you asked if my mate was still after the McDonald and as it happened the same bloke was interested in the B model Mack parts as well.
I will have a look in the PM department to see if I still have them. Cheers
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