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Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Howard Eisenhauer, Dec 31, 2023.

  1. Dec 31, 2023
    Howard Eisenhauer

    Howard Eisenhauer Administrator Staff Member

    Tantallon, Nova...
    Nov 22, 2003
    So I suspect I smoked something in the charging circuit last fall, could be the regulator or it could be the armature.

    It's probably the armature. :(

    There's a couple of ways I could test it but the easiest is with a growler so I took a chance and snagged the cheapest one I could find on ebay.

    Purdy ain't it? OK obviously old & a bit grubby.



    Well grubby ain't the word, what I thought was a black growler turned out to be an extremely grubby growler. Turns out it was actually green under all the shmutz. o_O


    I'd say it's been through a fire but it's more likely it's been through a couple.:sneak: Been dropped more than once or twice as well.

    OK it did actually work but I couldn't bear to leave it in that shape so the tear down commences. It was *almost* as grubby inside.


    To say the wiring was roached would be the understatement of the year. :rolleyes:

    To aid in re-assembly I did a wiring diagram-


    Notice anything interesting? :shock:

    Everything got stripped out. I didn't bother trying to clean to case halves thy just went in the sand blaster & got shot till all the grub was gone, & it wasn't easy getting rid of it. I beat the case halves back into some semblance of straight & it's re-assembly time.
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  2. Dec 31, 2023
    Howard Eisenhauer

    Howard Eisenhauer Administrator Staff Member

    Tantallon, Nova...
    Nov 22, 2003
    I won't go into the nightmares I had with the hammer tone paint job or the meter either- let's just say in both cases the 4th time is the charm. But eventually I got it all snazzed up to an acceptable standard.


    Cleaner? I replaced all the coil lead sheaths and wiring with the exception of the power cord that got a new, polarized, plug. :) Note the colour of said power cord after cleaning & compare it to the first pic in the post above- I was shocked, umm, "Surprised" when I started to clean the red paint spots off of it & found it was the cord that was red o_O

    Re-assembly was a bit of a challenge, things are still bent more than I thought but it did, eventually, fit together.


    Still some adjustments to be done but for now it's good enough.




    Passed OK :D



    Passed OK :D

    Given the original wiring's capacity to provide a, umm, "Surprise" I did make a change to it-


    Now with a LED replacement bulb the "short" current is ~ 17 - 18 mA vs. the 300+ it would have been with the extremely grubby 40 watter incandescent it came with. In fact I can grab both probes with noting more than a barely there tingle-


    Actual flow as measured through my thumb to my little pinky is is in the microamp range.

    Would I try this in the shower?

    Hell No.

    But it's a lot safer than it was :)

    I'm pleased to report that my spare tests out perfectly, or at least equally good or bad on all windings. Now after I get around to testing my suspect armature I can put the growler up on the shelf & never touch it again :D
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2023
  3. Jan 8, 2024
    Howard Eisenhauer

    Howard Eisenhauer Administrator Staff Member

    Tantallon, Nova...
    Nov 22, 2003
    I was able to pull & test my genny this weekend. :)

    Unfortunately there's nothing wrong with it :(

    Next weekend- The Regulator.
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  4. Jan 9, 2024

    Fireball Well-Known Member 2024 Sponsor 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

    Pullman, WA
    Feb 9, 2018
    I though growlers were supposed to be full of delicious beer? :susp:
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  5. Jan 9, 2024

    Jeepenstein Me like Jeep..

    North Central FL
    Jun 15, 2003
    My brain saw this..
  6. Jan 9, 2024
    Dave Deyton

    Dave Deyton Member

    Fuquay-Varina, NC
    Oct 12, 2003
    Used those in Auto mechanics class at community college. Pretty cool. You saved some history there for sure. I like old tools that are useful.

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