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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:11 pm    Post subject: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've inherited a old military generator about 60 years old. I'm hoping the old experts here could help me to keep it running.
It's electric start, about 3500KW, single cylinder, and the engine runs fine and it puts out 122 volts at 60 hz.
It has an old oil leak in a lot of places. It does not drip on the ground, it dries on the engine. I want to replace the engine oil and maybe add a oil stop-leak.
It has a oil breather like my 52 8N.

Any information on oil type and should I put oil leak sealer in a 60 year old engine?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:46 pm    Post subject: Re: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You sure on the 3500 KW and not 3500 Watts?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:52 pm    Post subject: Re: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That would be a BIG generator; I suppose you mean 3500W or 3.5KW. Regardless, we use standard, high-quality oils in our 60 year old tractors, and I suspect a good brand of 10W30 or 15W40 would be appropriate for a small engine like you have. If it really is a 3,500,000W engine, then I'm out of my league! If you're in Louisiana as your handle suggests, and it is a normal engine, then you won't need the oils that many of our more northern friends sometimes use. I use Mobil 1 15W40 in my two 8N's and one 631, and they turn over just fine in the teens or in the 90's.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:53 am    Post subject: Re: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote


It's a big https://forums.yesterdaystractors.com/photos/mvphoto29428.jpg[/img]

It's a big engine and big generator but small on output. What about oil stop leak?



 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:42 am    Post subject: Re: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looks like a simple Kohler engine, simple and easy to work on and parts should be available.

Not even TOO many places they can leak!

Fix it and be dome with it!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That?s a Tonka Toy !
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:16 pm    Post subject: Re: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

BishopNlouisiana.Oil stop leak? All such products are mostly a farce/snake oil.
Where is the oil leak at there are little places on a Kohler engine that can leak oil and all can be repaired easily.Such as crankshaft seals,valve cover and oil pan gaskets and low costs.Repair the leaks and forget the snake oil.Results would be a GREAT old engine and no oil leaks.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:27 pm    Post subject: Re: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

about the only thing I have ever had any luck with was putting a couple ounces of brake fluid in old oil swell seals then change it but they are gonna leak again soon so best to fix it oil stop leaks never had any luck with em but it will not hurt that motor since it gets to steadily run at same RPM
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:45 pm    Post subject: Re: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Den N Ms wrote:
BishopNlouisiana.Oil stop leak? All such products are mostly a farce/snake oil.
Where is the oil leak at there are little places on a Kohler engine that can leak oil and all can be repaired easily.Such as crankshaft seals,valve cover and oil pan gaskets and low costs.Repair the leaks and forget the snake oil.Results would be a GREAT old engine and no oil leaks.

Ditto.

That would be fun little project. Take it apart, fix the leaks, make it look nice.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:50 pm    Post subject: Re: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here's a youtuber that works on old generators.
Check out his channel and maybe you can contact him.
SmallEngineMechanic

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you go to Smokstak.com there's all sorts of Generator guys on there that can help.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:37 pm    Post subject: Re: OT Oil in a 60 year old generator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wish that I had something that leaked as little as it looks like your engine is leaking!

Garry
 
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