Sometimes in life you take chances and buy something that you think might be a cool project… yesterday at an auction I bought two of those projects… one was a pallet full of John Deere E 1.5 hp engine parts… which after a decent amount of digging tells me that I am better off taking the money from selling the parts and putting it towards a working engine. So that project did not pan out.
The second project was really a case of the auctioneer looking at me with him carrying the money at $80 and asking $85 so I said OK… followed not a split second later by “SOLD”…. And the voice in my head going “Eiiiiaaaaaa what have I done” a moment later
So what did I buy? A 1945 Kohler 1A21 Electric plant…… basically an automatic electric plant for on demand power…. This particular one was rumored to have come out of a light house. It operates (when set up correct) by starting when anything plugged into the unit (over 40 watts) is turned on.
36 hours ago I knew nothing about this set up…. Had not even seen one…. But I have really grown fond of it since I bought it.
Hopefully over the next several months I can get it up and running and then make it operate as it should…. Not a huge power generator…. Only 1,500 watts… but it is enough to have fun with.
What I know I have….
1) I have not found any missing parts… yet
2) No leaks
3) Clean oil with no water
4) Full coolant
5) Decent compression
6) 4 working sets of valves
7) No spark
8) Unknown fuel system and carb setup
Hopefully this will be a fun project.