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Old May 21st, 2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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I built one to used to charge my solar cells that run the lights in my hanger/workshop. You will be suprised how ofter you will be using it.
Back in the 60's, I was working for Westinghouse Corp, and a man build one and on a cold winter night he would walk down the rows of cars in the parking lots and charge $1.00 to jump start your car. He made some good money. Pop



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Old May 21st, 2012, 12:51 PM   #2
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Very cool Pop! Thanks for sharing.
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Cool

I need a new battery charger, looks like I may have just about everything to build on of those

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Ron-- A neighbor gave me a B&S lawn mower engine. I bolted it to a piece of 2"X12"X 30" treated board left over from building a deck on the house, made a bracket for the GM Alt that I had in a parts box. Also had a old weak battery from my farm tractor. Now I just need to take the wheels off the old lawn mower and put them on the 2X12 to make it easy to move. Cost is zero, except I am going to put an amp meter on it to adjust the charging rate with the rpm of the engine. Pop
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I have about half a dozen different alternators I can choose from, I have a few lawn mowers I picked out of the trash, poured gas into them & 1 started right up, 2 others I just cleaned & re-gaped the plug & they fired right up

If they don't start after a few pulls, I strip them down so I can keep my aluminum ingot stock pile up for casting parts

I have several AMP gauges, glad you brought that up

I've had to pass all the mowers since I started driving the V-Rod, just not enough room to put a mower in it, I think I'm gonna try to find the ass end of another Bug to build a trailer out of, I so hate passing stuff that people throw out

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I have about half a dozen different alternators I can choose from, I have a few lawn mowers I picked out of the trash, poured gas into them & 1 started right up, 2 others I just cleaned & re-gaped the plug & they fired right up

If they don't start after a few pulls, I strip them down so I can keep my aluminum ingot stock pile up for casting parts

I have several AMP gauges, glad you brought that up

I've had to pass all the mowers since I started driving the V-Rod, just not enough room to put a mower in it, I think I'm gonna try to find the ass end of another Bug to build a trailer out of, I so hate passing stuff that people throw out


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Go to Harbor Freight and buy on of those cheap A** little trailers and put a plywood floor in it. Good enough for hauling stuff like that. Pop
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Go to Harbor Freight and buy on of those cheap A** little trailers and put a plywood floor in it. Good enough for hauling stuff like that. Pop
IF or WHEN I get some of them paper thin rectangular things that have numbers in their corners, I just may do that, but, I think a trailer that matches what's pulling it would be best

Altho that is a good idea, I'll start my own triple "A" service, except I'll call it the triple "R" service, Really Reliable Ron's service, or Rarely Reliable Ron's service

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ReachaRound Ron's Service. Sorry, it just popped into my head....
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Jeff, I just noticed this : funny:

Over the last 29 to 35 years I've been given more nicknames than I can remember using my initials, which happen to be "RSS" like Really Slow Shmitty, Ron's Super Slow, Ron's Super Silly, the list goes on, but I am very slow when it comes to walking, working, & damn near everything else

My first nickname was "Grandpa" it started 29 years ago after my 1st back injury I got in a school bus accident, it was my senior year in high school December 17 1983

My friends started calling me grandpa because I could never keep up with them when walking somewhere, they would stop & say "we're wait'n on you Grandpa" that lasted until they thought it would be funny to call my girlfriend "Grandma" she (my wife now) didn't think it was funny at all, they learned real fast that she's a 5'3" tall Tasmanian Devil, and she could take a punch, but she could also throw a BIG punch

Anyway, that is funny Jeff Reach-a-Round Ronnie : funny:

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"No calluses, resonable prices!"
"No job too big, no job too small!"

I'm brainstorming a lot of catchphrases.... I'm a sick puppy...
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Ron-- My initials are D.D.R. That is-- Dumb, Dumber, and Retarded.

So I will just answer to--- Pop
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Mine are JSH Just a Stupid Hick.
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I was gonna add my inititals until I realized that JSH was setting me up
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I laugh at myself daily! Sometimes you can pat yourself on the back, other times a boot to the head would be more fitting...
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LOL, Yes, I do so many stupid things that it amazes me. The only way to not make a mistake is not do anything. Pop

PS. I thought that I made a mistake one time, but I didn't.
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I was thinking, if one were to say use two or even three alternators would it not increase the efficiency and give you more electricity for less gasoline.

Also ever seen those home built welders using a alternator....

One more thing that has got me thinking, "Wood Gas" it could be possible to make a Generator that could do more then one thing and not need gasoline if it were not available. Not that I am thinking we will run out of gas in mine or even our great grand kids lifetimes, thats just stupid. But there instances such as Hurricanes were power goes down for awhile and a home built back up Generator might not be a bad thing especially if you could run it off of wood and build it for cheap/
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I used to have that site bookmarked but lost it in a crash. After doing a bunch of research and reading the one thing I don't really agree with the site about is the size of the motor needed. For a good output you need some where around 5 to 8 horse
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I was thinking, if one were to say use two or even three alternators would it not increase the efficiency and give you more electricity for less gasoline.

Also ever seen those home built welders using a alternator....

One more thing that has got me thinking, "Wood Gas" it could be possible to make a Generator that could do more then one thing and not need gasoline if it were not available. Not that I am thinking we will run out of gas in mine or even our great grand kids lifetimes, thats just stupid. But there instances such as Hurricanes were power goes down for awhile and a home built back up Generator might not be a bad thing especially if you could run it off of wood and build it for cheap/


Turning the alternator making amps puts a load on the engine , adding more alternators puts more of a load on the engine. That means a bigger engine. Bigger engine means larger fuel burn.
I don't know what the ideal would be, but on the web site the author said that one 63 amp GM alt, with a 5.5 hp engine was about the best. Pop
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