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1920's Battery Charger ?

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Old 01-27-2004, 11:32:13 AM
Dean Suhr
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Default 1920's Battery Charger ?

I think it is a battery Charger as it has a meter, -/+ 30 amps. Avery small part of the decal remains indicating a name like Consolidated or Contnental, Patd no. 1,347,546, which is 1920's. You may view it on my web site . I am looking for information, manual, etc. Thanks
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:10:56 PM
Don C. Wiley
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That's a Tiny Tim. The engine was made by Continental and the unit was sold mostly by Montgomery and Ward. I have some literature that says: "Powered by depentable Continental Red Seal engine."

They made them in 6 volt (blue) 12 volt (red/orange) and 32 volt (dark green). I think they changed something on them every 6 months during production. I have seen probably 30 or 40 of them and only about 4 or 5 were just the same. Yours is different than mine (picture included here).

Some had a combination flat belt and V belt pulley and some had only a V belt pulley. I think they all had a notch in the pulley so you could use a rope to start them if the battery was too dead to start it. The generator also served as a starter.

I have a copy of a manual I can copy and send you if you want. It doesn't have a wiring diagram but I don't think you will need one anyway because yours looks very complete and intact.

Please include your email address and your snail mail address if you're interested.

"DELCO DON" Southern Illinois

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Old 01-27-2004, 02:42:36 PM
Dean Suhr
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Thank You for the excellent and informative information. I have sent you an email.
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