1940 Caterpillar genny built for the US Navy, sent to torpedo station

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1940 Caterpillar genny built for the US Navy, sent to torpedo station

Post by wrenchguy » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:46 pm

Thought u guys might like some eye candy of a project i did few years back. When i bought it it didn't know it was military till i got the quarter inch soot off it. Then the tags showed up and researched them out. It was built march 1940 and shipped to newport rhode island used at the Navy torpedo factory and r&d center. Took me 6 years to get it finished out and use it few times a year powering 3ph equipment. Thanks 4 looking.
edit, i forgot to mention the parts on it painted silver were chrome plated by the sailors back in the day, i guess to have something to polish for inspections.

Video of it running with information signage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaUunkwRP6U&t

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Post by D.R.H. » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:42 pm

Oh Man!! That is nice little generator you have there. :)
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Post by Kevin Lockwood » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:32 am

Well Done! Thanks for the post.
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Post by Mark Tombleson » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:20 am

Great video! 8)

65,000 watts, how much horsepower?

Great job...

I think we all would like a follow up on how the generator was received at the show!
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Post by Rakfine » Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:25 pm

What is the operating rpm and fuel consumption of your Masterpiece?


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Post by wrenchguy » Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:37 pm

Mark Tombleson wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:20 am
Great video! 8)

65,000 watts, how much horsepower?

Great job...

I think we all would like a follow up on how the generator was received at the show!
It was a hit at the show, coordinators there had a crane and lifted it off my gooseneck. Visitors got up close and had genuine interest. I ran it 8 hrs a day for the 4 days. The barrel fuel tank i put on to make it trailer mobile.
Its rated at 121 hp at 900 rpm. 1249 cubic inches. Its the same engine the d8 had.
I was lucky!! when it became surplus in early 50's the tags weren't removed. google is good researching stuff.
thanks 4 watching the video.

here it is in the basement boiler room of the fruit cannery.
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Out of the boiler room, still on the trailer 1st day home.
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Post by wrenchguy » Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:39 pm

Rakfine wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:25 pm
What is the operating rpm and fuel consumption of your Masterpiece?
I think its 6 gallons a hour full load, not sure though.

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Post by D.R.H. » Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:21 pm

You could not have asked for a better time capsule for this generator than a boiler room!! How many of these do you suppose are left? ONE!? :o
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Post by wrenchguy » Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:33 am

D.R.H. wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:21 pm
You could not have asked for a better time capsule for this generator than a boiler room!! How many of these do you suppose are left? ONE!? :o
I'm member antique caterpillar club, they're a couple this size that i know of, but this 1 is oldest running that i know of.
60 years boiler room = 1/4" soot! never got below 75 degrees there, easy start for that no glow plug mechanical diesel.
thanks.

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