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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote billd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/10/2018 at 9:15am
Send it this way I have all of the period equipment and test tools including a military spec armature lathe and mica cutter. It will be like brand new.
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You have a shop Billd for this stuff? Send me your contact info.

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Originally posted by Lyle Lyle wrote:

Another thing to consider is your generator may be just dirty. Just like your old drill it has carbon brushes that wear on the commutator. Carbon builds up between the segments and if damp or heavily packed can produce dead spots and poor output.
These are simple mechanical devices and if you can take apart an electric drill and clean it you can also do the same for your generator - it's just bigger.
Inspect the brushes for wear and replace if worn too much, clean between the commutator segments - I cut an old hacksaw blade and use the back end. If the commutator is worn at the brush contact area find a generator/starter shop to refinish.
Use a generator/starter shop for the work and not a machine shop. Soft copper requires specific machining/finishing and some machinists, not knowing, can ruin a commutator in one cut.

Thank you Lyle, good stuff. I do have an extra generator out of my parts car (that's long gone but I have a few parts) that looks to be pretty damn solid at the brush area with a "rebuilt" sticker on the outside. At the very least I could stick it in there, I just haven't because the light hasn't been on the last few days and it looks like it's working perfectly fine.

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Here's an old photo of my armature lathe - with a mica cutter with changeable blades, etc and a starter armature I refurbished.

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(also have armature growler, valve grinder, seat tools, boring bar, various hones, rod hone and other "stuff")
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Nice stuff! Sent it to Bill, Brian. Wish I had a tooling collection like that, and the room.
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Thanks, Lyle. I got lucky on the growler - it was the same company that made the Snap-On growlers back in the day......... still i the box with instructions, never used. 
The smaller stuff - the Kent-Moore tools, came from the shop I used to work at in the 70s. The boss remembered me saying "when you decide to retire, I'd love to have some of your tools". I had almost forgotten about it but my former boss had remembered me after all those decades and contacted my dad who called me and said "Andy wants to know if you were still interested in his tools".

The bigger stuff came from a friend's shop - he has had severe heart issues and gave up heavy work years ago and I bought his engine tools and equipment - the boring bar, lathe/mill, rod hone, head equipment, CC'ing supplies, valve grinder (which is like new as he took great care of it) and other stuff. 
I learned in the late days of our cars - the late 60s/early 70s, and feel more comfortable with the old-school stuff. 
 He wants me to buy his magneto and ignition business as he's told now to stay away from magnetic fields and things that can zap - and his magnetos can indeed ZAP people. But the time and money - and to take over a nationally respected business like his.......... not sure I want to. 
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nice tools! i'm envious!
1961 roadster american
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Back in the late 60's I got a re-built generator for my 58 Ford, from Sears as I remember it. It only lasted about 6 months. Upon pulling it apart I found that the shaft at the commutator end had been cut down to probably less than 3/16" and it had chewed its way into the bushing they had made for it. The outside of that armature looked like it had been beat with a hammer, previous to its time with me. The re-build shop must have been desperate for cores back then, or maybe use something until you get the last mile out of it mentality.   
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Where in Idaho? I was stationed at Mtn Home AFB. We have a forum member in the Nampa area (just north of Boise), but I can't remember who just now. Mtn Home was pretty small when I was there, they have a super Wal-Mart now! I haven't been back since I left in 1987, but have talked to several people who were stationed there before I retired in 2007. Decent place now!! 
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Originally posted by farna farna wrote:

Where in Idaho? I was stationed at Mtn Home AFB. We have a forum member in the Nampa area (just north of Boise), but I can't remember who just now. Mtn Home was pretty small when I was there, they have a super Wal-Mart now! I haven't been back since I left in 1987, but have talked to several people who were stationed there before I retired in 2007. Decent place now!! 

Right where you are talking! My son lives there and it is so nice, I can get use to that real quick.

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