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Old 03-03-2004, 02:28:25 AM
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I just picked up a 1944, PE-95G generator made by Onan with the willys 4 cyl. mb engine. I haven't found a manual for it yet. Can anyone tell me what voltage battery it uses? Thanks.
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Old 03-03-2004, 01:29:15 PM
John McPherson
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It should be a 6 volt battery for the starter. Negative ground polarity.

Onan; from what I understand about them, did not change the factory setups when an engine was supplied by another company.

Alternately, if there is a separate generator for charging the battery, look at the regulator or cutout for what voltage it is constructed.
Old 03-03-2004, 02:36:56 PM
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Thanks John for the reply. The engine dosen't have a starter or generator. It starts by energizing the 10kw onan generator to spin the engine. I was concerned about the voltage because when I picked this up it had a 12 volt sears die hard in it. I don't know if it ever ran using this battery, it had been sitting for at least 15 years until last week.
Old 03-03-2004, 08:37:30 PM
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The PE 95-G used two (2) 6 volt batteries in series. Ref TM 11-904
Old 03-04-2004, 08:58:51 AM
Ed Schott
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There were several versions of the PE-95, both 5 &10 KW & with different engines. Some starters were through the exciter portion of the generator & some had a flywheel ring gear starter. Mine uses a Ford engine which is same as tractor or prototype jeep except with a magneto.

One use was on a 3/4 ton trailer behind a 1 1/2 ton or 2 1/2 ton 6x6 CCKW truck with radio shelter making the SCR 299 or 399 radio system which also contained the famed Hallicrafters designed BC-610 transmitter. I have the BC-610 & wanted to get the rest of SCR-399. I had pe-95 shipped from Mississippi to N Illinois. I have manuals & can dig them out some time & maybe copy a few pages. This set also went by another designation other than PE-95.

I'm looking for other owners & info on 1878 Edison generators & Lister Blackstone Diesel engines/gen sets. I have a photo of a PE-95 destroyed by fire in Germany in 1945.
Old 06-23-2004, 10:39:24 AM
Ed Schott
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I just bought George Hedtke's Pe-95-G Wyllis ind Jeep powered, 10 kw 1800 rpm. Please don't tell George. He's in a nursing home & some stuff has to be sold. Someone wanted one of the top covers & took it before I got it home. I need the cover now.

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