Some Old Paperwork Found In Genset

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Some Old Paperwork Found In Genset

Post by Adam » Tue May 22, 2018 8:56 pm

Maybe something here will be of interest to someone. I am actually in the process of looking for some paperwork from the 50's on these generators, Stating that before resale of the PE95's they were, cleaned, spruced up, painted and had new hour meters installed. This may be why some gensets have 20 hours on the meter, yet the bearings look like 2000. Probably going to take a few weeks to get it completed. The lot of this stuff will be for sale when I find what I need.

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Re: Some Old Paperwork Found In Genset

Post by Greencom » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:43 pm

Adam,
I don't think my last post came through so here goes again. Did the O'keefe and Merritt tag with the Moisture and Fungus treatment on Dec 44 and Jan 45 come out of your PU-58? My unit has no build date anywhere on it so that tag at least means the PU-58's were not all late 1945 post war units. The engine in mine is a June 1944 unit but I still can't pin down the build date.
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Re: Some Old Paperwork Found In Genset

Post by Adam » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:20 am

Those tags came out of a PU58 That I got in N. N.J. at a private estate sale. Owners wife says she got it ages ago at auction, she thought it was a diesel unit and would work on her husbands sawmill. Well it sat in the corner of the mill for decades, open exhaust pipe pointing up. Engine was stuck with freezing damage, wiring pretty much falling apart.
Engine was a replacement, going by, every genset that I have seen that looks untouched, had the generator serial number stamped below the original engine number. This engine hoad only 1 number on it. This genset had the red tag showing a used engine checked out by Willys. Engine dated from 8 of 43. Genset ser number was 1948.
Following is a pic of temp owners manual dated 44

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Re: Some Old Paperwork Found In Genset

Post by Adam » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:31 am

Bob, what are the date codes on your Volt Regulator and engine generator? Wouldn't you think the build dates were around there sometime? We are talking a couple thousand gensets, did the government put them all aside in the hopes of using them post war, during a time of shortages and rationing?

Wasnt the moisture proofing and fungus stuff used on all equip getting shipped to certain nasty destinations and not for putting equip into storage

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Re: Some Old Paperwork Found In Genset

Post by Greencom » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:29 am

Adam,
Thanks a lot for those pics, really interesting stuff. My engine generator is a March 1944 and the regulator is a November 944. The PU-58 is serial number 1432 but the control panel is for a 1500 or later unit (I still can't find any differences in the schematics) so I assume it was rebuilt or repaired at some time. The engine was modified with a Willys industrial head and new valves in 1956 according to a data plate mounted on the main frame. I kinda figured the whole generator was built at the end of 44 or early 45 but that tag of yours helps me confirm that, especially since the serial on mine is lower than yours. Another thing that threw me off is that since the main data plate says PHILA 45-32 I assumed it meant week 32 of 1945 (I was told this). I love this modern archaeology !
Thanks again Adam.
Bob
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