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Old 07-17-2008, 09:39 PM   #29
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How much would a working unit in good condition be worth to an interested Airstream restorer?
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Old 07-18-2008, 03:38 AM   #30
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The 12 volt generator, was ok, sort of.

It has a huge problem, with the air/fuel mixture.

You can adjust it to work ok, at any given altitude.

But, when you changed altitude by as little as 1000 feet, the generator would not start/run correctly, unless you readjusted the air/fuel mixture again, and again.

That got old for me quickly.

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Old 07-18-2008, 09:54 AM   #31
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Well, thanks for the responces. If anyone has any skill on these I would appreciate the info. I know it's not worth putting much into but I would like to look into it anyway. The guy I bought it from said he hardly ever used it. It won't start and I have little knowledge on propane engines. If and when the budget ever changes I might look into putting a more modern generator in if it will fit.
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:48 AM   #33
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That engine sure looks a lot like a Briggs & Stratton. I bet parts are still available for it from B&S. You would be surprised at the parts they still make for them old engines. The thing looks like it would fit in a opening for a water heater.....
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The engine is a vertical shaft Tecumsa (2.5 HP I believe) as found on many small lawn-mowers. A Propane engine is the same as a Gasoline engine except for the carb system. You can do a Google search and find many Propane conversion kits for anything from your lawn-mower to your TV.

I have one of these 12V generators from my '74 Excella 500 that I no longer want. It runs fine at my "Altitude" it may require adjustments at others, I don't know, I have never used it except for trying it out in my driveway before upgrading my AS. If anyone is looking for one to restore their unit to original equipment, make a reasonable offer plus shipping, I have no idea what it is worth.
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I have the same generator in Stella (1974 31 ft. Excella 500). I don't think I want to deal with potential problems down the road so I am thinking or pulling it out. Question is: Will a trickle charger on the 12 volt work or can I take out the 12 volt all together??? Its really to bad the previous owner didn't take better care of Stella. I am finding tons of stuff that could have been avoided with some minor upkeep. I did however find a 1974 penny stuck under one of the tack strips when I pulled out the carpet. Kind of cool I thought.
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