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1943 Hobart Bros. Co. P.E. 197

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 7:21 pm
by D.R.H.
I first want to say thank you to Farrell Fox for posting the Craigslist ad here on the "G" that lead me to this Gem of a Generator.
I drove to Cornelius Oregon yesterday to pick it up and I am the 3rd. owner now. The guy I purchased it from bought it at an estate sale just three weeks ago. When he saw it, it was located in the 1st. owners basement under a wall of W.W. 2 and Civvy Ham radio gear all in perfect working order. The 1st. owner purchased the generator at auction in 1952. The 2nd. owner decided that the "197" was not practical for his farm and put it up for sale. In my opinion and from my experience I know I payed less than what it is really worth. It has a total run time of 128.8 hours showing on the hour gauge, clean oil in the engine which is not stuck and turns over freely. The only things missing are the compliments of the tool and spare parts boxes.
I must say that the Olive Drab Gods do smile once in a while and that I feel lucky to be the new caretaker of this Generator. And with it I will be able to put together a correct K-63A Gen. Trailer.

Here are the photos of my P.E. 197, enjoy.
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Clean battery stowage, zero rust.
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Tool Box Stowage Area.
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Super Clean Instrument Panel.
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I have already returned the fuel line from the tank to stock configuration.
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The Radiator is holding clean coolant, zero leaks.
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All wiring has been Moisture and Fungus Proofed and is in excellent condition.
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Thanks for looking.

Re: 1943 Hobart Bros. Co. P.E. 197

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 3:25 pm
by Farrell Fox
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Re: 1943 Hobart Bros. Co. P.E. 197

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 3:30 pm
by Farrell Fox
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Re: 1943 Hobart Bros. Co. P.E. 197

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 6:03 pm
by D.R.H.
Again Farrell, Thank You. I asked Robin to save one for me. He has 6 W.W. 2 Jerry can holders for my trailer that I will retrieve in the next few months.

Re: 1943 Hobart Bros. Co. P.E. 197

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:08 pm
by macjeeper
Very nice PE-197!

Newer than my 4 each that I have of which I'll try to get 3 running.

Thanks, for sharing!
Mac

Re: 1943 Hobart Bros. Co. P.E. 197

Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 4:51 pm
by D.R.H.
Thanks Mac.

Re: 1943 Hobart Bros. Co. P.E. 197

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 9:45 pm
by D.R.H.
Well Gents, after a bit of cleaning, tinkering and adjusting, the generator fired right up and ran very well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn7Nl_epCyU.

Re: 1943 Hobart Bros. Co. P.E. 197

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:38 pm
by Joe Gopan
David,
I found my TM 11-487E Directory of Signal Corps Equipments, POWER EQUIPMENT. March 1951 I can copy the page w/ photo and Data for the PE-197. for you.

Re: 1943 Hobart Bros. Co. P.E. 197

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:21 pm
by D.R.H.
Thank You very much Ben, I am excited to see the tabulated data that You have. Private E-mail sent with my Name, Rank and Serial No. :wink: :) . I found a Tech. Manual, but received it in a photocopied stack of paper. I have asked the boys at Portrayal Press to search their archives for an actual T.M. in book form.

Re: 1943 Hobart Bros. Co. P.E. 197

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:22 pm
by Franklin
Hi All,
just found and purchased a PE-197 from an antique shop.
I am missing the Air filter housing and filter, the crank, one spring clip for the bonnet door,and a door hook to hold the bonnet open.
if any of you can help with finding the parts, Id appreciate it.
Frank.. frener@aol.com

Re: 1943 Hobart Bros. Co. P.E. 197

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:16 pm
by D.R.H.
Hi Franklin. Great job on the rescue. Here are some references to help you with your search. I see that you have already found SMOKSTAK.COM. Take a look at this page; viewtopic.php?f=34&t=16916, it will teach you to load photos to the album index and then to the "G". You will be able to start your own thread and commentary WITH pictures, and we all love to see pictures of new acquisitions!! :) A quick note about photos. When I first started adding them to my threads, the connection time between my computer and the album index would run out. So I downloaded an image re-sizing application that reduces the pixel format and allows the photos to be transferred more quickly. This helped the process tremendously. Finally as far as extra parts go Frank, I am sorry to tell you that I do not have any. What you saw on Smokstak and here is all I have.
I hope this helps you Frank, 'cause I hope to see some photos of your '197 soon. Dave.