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With winter knockin on my door and my genset on the sickly side--figgered it's time to get things ready. The engine "went south" back in the spring--had a machine shop to cut the crankshaft off and prepare it for a shiv. Cost $104. to have it done but it was worthless the way it was.

Didn't want to put another small engine on it so decided to use something else with a starter. I had a really good motor [jasper rebuilt-from Jasper Indiana] that I'd taken out of an old Chevy van. It was over at ole Jeeps house--he wasn't usin it--I needed it. Now all I gotta do is mount it on a frame, belt it up and install a belt driven govenour. I can "gear it up" by a 3 to 1 belt assembly and just run the engine about 1200 rpm whilst the alternator is spinnin at it's required speed of 3600 rpm. Engine is alreay rigged for Propane and I have a 500 gal tank purty close to the shop where it will set. In about a week from now it should be up and runnin.

Are ya'll ready for the winter weather? old hoot. Matt. 24:44

-- oldhoot (, December 02, 2003


" Are ya'll ready for the winter weather? "

By the time I get ready for the winter weather, summer will be here .

Time seems to move to quickly for me .

How ya doing hoot ?

I was wondering if you knew any web sites on how one could build his own saw mill ?

-- Steve (, December 03, 2003.

Hey Steve! I've seen the websites but can't think right now where they were. Bandmills seem to be the most common "home built". I'll see if I can find'm and will post the addys on this site. Take care. old hoot. Matt.24;44

-- oldhoot (, December 03, 2003. This is a really good site altho it don't have sawmills it sure do have a bunch of good stuff. When you get there plan on stayin awhile!!! Enjoy. oldhoot. Matt.24;44

-- oldhoot (, December 03, 2003.

Hoot, if your just using an alternator, how much "juice" are you getting from it? What are you running off it?

-- Stan (, December 08, 2003.

Hey Stan! I'm usin a 3kw from a little portable genset that the motor went bad on. It's got 220 and 120 output. I can run my entire house off of it.

Worked on the old chevy 6 cyl motor today gettin it ready to hook up. Decided to run the alternator off of the front crankshaft pully. Much easier to hook up and "gear up". With a 3" on the alternator and a 6 or 9 on the engine--can slow the motor down to either 1200rpm [9"] or 1800 rpm [9"] because the alternator is designed to run 3600rpm. I'll keep ya'll updated as we corn-tinue workin on this little dude. old hoot. Matt.24:44

-- oldhoot (, December 08, 2003.

Whoops! A 6" shiv for 1800 rpm and a 9" for 1200rpm. old hoot. Matt. 24:44

-- oldhoot (, December 08, 2003.

Dec. 29/03---Update on the Genset. After settin and lookin for a spell we decided to use the flywheel to power the generator. I took the flywheel to a friend who is a welder/machinest. He's fix'n to build a "thing" with a shaft on it and bolt it to the flywheel. The shaft will hold an 8" shiv while the generator will use a 3". Will have to run the motor about 1400 rpm. Engine is mounted in the frame and awaitin the radiator to come back from the shop. Usin a 72 Ford PU radiator--big and 4 tubes.

More as we continue on with this little venture. old hoot. Matt.24:44

-- oldhootgibson (, December 29, 2003.

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