Remove 'fan' from generator and generator color??

Thu Dec 02, 2004 5:50 pm

The cub project is coming along nicely.... but I have a question on how to get the fan and pulley off of the generator.
Anybody know the trick?

Since I am trying to clean everything up nicely before I paint, I think the fan will go in the my newly enlarged electrolisis tank (with a biger charger~~).

I am getting to know all the hidden places of the yeller baby!

Also, I am wondering if I should paint the generator and starter the same color as the tractor?? Seems like black would look nice too. I am not painting the distributor, as that seems to have always been black.

Thanks!

Thu Dec 02, 2004 6:55 pm

You will need an impact wrench to remove the pulley from the generator.

I think the starters look good painted the same color as the chassis (red or yellow) and the generators look good painted black.

Fri Dec 03, 2004 2:47 pm

Thanks, but I am still confused.... the nut spins with the shaft/plulley/fan, so don't you need a way to hold the shaft stationary??

Yep, you're right

Fri Dec 03, 2004 3:07 pm

Buzzardwing, you're right on the trail. You'll need to carefully jam a screwdriver or something into the generator fan and then use an impact wrench to get it loose. It has been done with a regular wrench before, but that is really tough. I'd put the generator in a good sized vise - being very careful of the terminals, etc., and maybe even wrap a rag or such around the generator case to avoid scuffing the case. Then, pop the nut with something like PB or WD and let it sit for a short bit. Next, do the job with the above mentioned tools. Should come right off. 8)

Rick

Fri Dec 03, 2004 4:42 pm

Please don't jam anything in the fan to keep it from turning... you will bend it. The reason for using an impact wrench is the inertia of the armature is enough to allow the impact to remove the nut.

Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:41 pm

Got it (me thinks). I have the PB Blaster soaking in and may give it a shot in a few minutes.

Anybody know how freely it should turn?? The bearings seem a bit stiff to me, but then again they are likely orignal (33 years does go by fast). Seems it may be worth a trip to the rebuilder up in the big city.

Fri Dec 03, 2004 7:15 pm

Hey BW, the gen. should spin very easy. Rebuilt mine a while back, replaced every single part & piece for 118.00 including shipping. I believe it was http://www.classicgenerator.com that had all the parts in stock.

Sat Dec 04, 2004 6:02 pm

I took a look at their web site... some very nice looking restorations!
I think I will take a trip up to an old time ignition place in Providence. He does good work and I could possibly get a decent price. Although I suspect that the bearings alone would be $20. Seems worthwhile since the thing is on my bench anyway.
I have been trying to be very cautious getting the paint off it, he may have a better idea.
I was a technician in another life, but anything to do with motors was mostly a judgement call or a trip to a local motor shop. I do know enough that a generator is just a DC motor.

And, I don't have a socket that fits the nut! Guess I should ask Santa for a decent set of impact sockets.