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What might a generator cost?

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SAm in NS

02-27-2002 11:58:43

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I have a '53 Super A that I am rebuilding. Right now the generator is in many bits on a work bench. I don't know if it worked before as the ammeter was caput and with me not thinking too far ahead I didn't test it before I took it apart. The tractor was running although the battery kept getting flatter and flatter. After taking it apart and discovering several problems I was just wondering how much a new or rebuilt unit might cost? I'm not giving up on it yet but would like to know. Thanks in advance. SAm in NS

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Hugh MacKay

02-27-2002 17:37:06

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 Re: What might a generator cost? in reply to SAm in NS, 02-27-2002 11:58:43  
Remember Sam,They are talking American dollars. Here in NS it will cost a lot more than that in Cdn. funds. One of the best places in NS for these old tractor electrics is Roland Auto Electric in Truro. He has a lot of experience on these old tractors. I will warn again it will cost more than these guys are talking even if they had converted the dollars. That is why I went to the 6 volt alternator, $85.

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SAm in NS

02-28-2002 03:29:37

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 Re: Re: What might a generator cost? in reply to Hugh MacKay, 02-27-2002 17:37:06  
I am aware that the prices suggested were in american. I find when I am dealing with tractors I think about the prices for most things in american just because it all the info I recieve is in american. I am hoping I will be able to get it working again without sending it to a shop but thanks for the suggestion of Roland Auto electric.
SAm in NS

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Hugh MacKay

03-01-2002 01:40:21

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 Re: Re: Re: What might a generator cost? in reply to SAm in NS, 02-28-2002 03:29:37  
Sam: My apologies, I didn't phrase that well. What I intended to put across was I think you will find a generator a great deal more expensive here in NS than the prices these guys are quoting. We just don't have the volume of these old 6 volt systems, thus no one wants to stock much. The advice you received on a later post on cleaning generator was good. I usually found the regulator to be the thorne in my side. My generator caught fire when I was row cultivating rutabagas, I guess I was watching cultivating to closely and tractor not close enough. At time I needed tractor quickly and had new 6 volt battery. Al Roland suggested the 6 volt Delco altermator. I really didn't want to do that as my tractor was 100% orginal. I havn't regreted the change, I could throw my hand crank away.

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Farmall Freddy

02-27-2002 14:21:40

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 Re: What might a generator cost? in reply to SAm in NS, 02-27-2002 11:58:43  
Any Auto Electric shop should be able to rebuild it for you, even if you take it to them in a box. A replacement with a rebuild will run between about $45 to $85.

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Bama Binder

02-27-2002 14:18:18

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 Re: What might a generator cost? in reply to SAm in NS, 02-27-2002 11:58:43  
I think they can be had "new" for about $125 from various sources. If you have all the pieces and more time than money, you could probably get the parts you need from a generator / alternator shop and fix it yourself.

If it is in that many pieces, you may want to go with "new"...an alternator / generator shop might be more, but you never know.

You could probably get one out of a salvage yard in good shape for 1/2 to 1/3 of the "new" one. Good luck...BB

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02-27-2002 19:36:57

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 Re: Re: What might a generator cost? in reply to Bama Binder, 02-27-2002 14:18:18  
75% of the time a generator dont charge it is because it is corroded inside. I have taken several apart, turned the rotor on a lathe and cut off about .030 off the area where the brushes ride. Take a fine sand paper and take a little off the brushes on all sides to clean them up. Hold the brush wires in you fingers and sand the contactos on the end to get them bright and shinny. Put everyting back together. I put a couple drops on WD40 on the brush spring pin to make it work easier. Havnt run into one yet that had "bad windings" as they say. NOrmally just corroded wire ends, dirty brushes and commutator. To test it on the bench, ground the "F" terminal to the case with a short wire. spin the generator with an electric drill with a suction cup in the chuck. Measure the voltage across the two terminals. Got to spin the right way.

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SAm in NS

02-28-2002 03:22:43

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 Re: Re: Re: What might a generator cost? in reply to steve, 02-27-2002 19:36:57  
Thanks for these suggestions. I have done/I was going to do most of these things but I wasn't planning on cleaning the brushes but I will now you've suggested it. SAm in NS

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