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Old 04-12-2017, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default A Minor Generator Painting Tip

When I sandblast and paint the rear end plate on the generator, I make a tapered wood plug to keep all dust and grit out of the bearing.
I found that if I use a can opener to remove the lip of the empty cocoa can, it will be a perfect fit to the locating ring on the end plate. This keeps the paint off the brush holders, and makes a good support while the paint dries.
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:23 PM   #2
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We need more good tips with images. Would solve a lot of Qs..
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interesting, i bet a mixed nuts can would be roughly the same diameter as well.
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Oh Oh. I can see me going through a lot of mixed nuts and cocoa trying to find the best generator support.
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Oh Oh. I can see me going through a lot of mixed nuts and cocoa trying to find the best generator support.
you make it sound like thats a bad thing! Have a beer or twelve with the nuts and add some baileys to the hot cocoa and you will find out in no time
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you make it sound like thats a bad thing! Have a beer or twelve with the nuts and add some baileys to the hot cocoa and you will find out in no time
And to keep this thread 'Model A' be sure to heat the cocoa on the manifold.

I have a tough time throwing away empty cans. They always seem to come in handy for holding things like an armature with an end plate. Especially the tall juice cans. Great for soaking carb parts in too.
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I think I showed this before, but to protect the field windings while sandblasting and painting, I cut two aluminum discs that fit snug inside the case, and are held tight with a 1/4" x 4 1/2" bolt.
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I think I showed this before, but to protect the field windings while sandblasting and painting, I cut two aluminum discs that fit snug inside the case, and are held tight with a 1/4" x 4 1/2" bolt.
Great example of show and tell!
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Good idea Tom. It seems that sand will always find a way to get in, kind of like mice. If you find that sand still gets in, you can cut a disc from a plastic bag just a little larger than the aluminum disc with a bolt hole in the middle and use it for a gasket to be sure of a seal.
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I think I showed this before, but to protect the field windings while sandblasting and painting, I cut two aluminum discs that fit snug inside the case, and are held tight with a 1/4" x 4 1/2" bolt.
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Good idea Tom. It seems that sand will always find a way to get in, kind of like mice. If you find that sand still gets in, you can cut a disc from a plastic bag just a little larger than the aluminum disc with a bolt hole in the middle and use it for a gasket to be sure of a seal.
Actually I did cut some circles out of a 1/4" thick foam pad I have, and that does the trick. I also install screws in the mounting holes for the cutout and mounting bracket to keep the sand out.

You're certainly right about the sand gets everywhere. I even wish my blast cabinet was outside instead of the basement.
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Actually I did cut some circles out of a 1/4" thick foam pad I have, and that does the trick. I also install screws in the mounting holes for the cutout and mounting bracket to keep the sand out.

You're certainly right about the sand gets everywhere. I even wish my blast cabinet was outside instead of the basement.
Tape all suspect places where sand could blow through. Sticky aluminum furnace tape comes to mind..
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