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Westinghouse Light Plant


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Old 06-06-2015, 07:16:40 PM
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Hey all I was out at a old farmstead today after meeting a gentlemen a few months ago at a chili feed we got talking and he told me about the farmstead and how there was a light plant in the basement at least he figured it was.


I went and looked and sure enough there was a Westinghouse model 30 light plant loose yet even though it hadn't been used since the 40's probably! Not perfect by any means but it can be saved! House was built in 1916 and the light plant I think is a 1925 so it's been in the basement on it's cement perch for 90 years down there with dirt floors and mold

We haven't made a deal yet his wife passed a while back and is currently going through probate court and doesn't want either of us in trouble.

My questions, the stator seems to be what's holding the engine up it turns about a quarter turn and then won't still has oil in it. If I can get this home where do I start on the eletrical? What can I do for a kill switch since I don't have the battery timer. Anyone have serial number records by chance?

Another hurdle will be getting it out of the basement, I'm thinking I may skid it on wood up the stairs as they are plenty thin without much room to step!

One last cool thing, some of the glass battery cells are still down in the basement one still has the dry cell that you put in the distilled water (how to tag says to use distilled water)
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:21:59 PM
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Could possibly have a stuck valve or foreign body in cylinder. Investigate and proceed cautiously, don't want to break a rocker arm etc.

We like pictures
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I only have 4 right now and they are poor but they'll do for now should anyone want any specific pictures I will try and get them. Amazingly the cranking handle still pulls out but doesn't go back in yet.

The info plate was a horrible mess wish I had got pictures of it before but I didn't expect it to clean up so beautifully, it was so dirty and rusty and moldy I could barely make out letters.
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Default Re: Westinghouse Light Plant

That plant bears a stunning resemblance to the Delco plants..... But it sure is cool!

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That's what I thought when I saw it! I saw a westinghouse logo on the sheet metal on the side before I saw the tag. Assuming Delco may have made these still has the Westinghouse gauge on it in great shape too.

Another question, how does the ignition work?
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Default Re: Westinghouse Light Plant

There,s probably a set of points there somewhere . It,s likely battery ignition.It shore looks like a Delko Bill H.
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In following another thread I recall learning that some of these (Delco though) are ignition governed and, as such, have no throttle. I believe they were only ever run under load (charging the battery) or not at all, so the ignition governor was probably only a safety feature rather than an operating control.

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Hmm interesting, so how would you bypass that possibly? Or hook up a dead battery when you run it?
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