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Another "What the heck is this thing?" thread

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by RoscoeElegante, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    Just browsing old houses near Lake Huron, and this is pictured in one's basement. Some kind of blower unit help an old furnace? Hand-cranked cinder-block sweetener? Generator for Abe Lincoln's hat? Whaaa??.png (I love this stuff even when I can't figure out what I'm looking at.)
     
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    "What the heck is this thing?"



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    possibly a condenser/compressor from an old refrigerator?
     
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    I've seen old compressors turned into gas burning motors before.
     
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    Hyperdrive for a YT1300 freighter.
     
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  6. StevesBoogie

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    I believe that is a 'tide reverser' for Lake Huron. It's used during bad storms and the tide can be reversed to assist with ships in distress.
     
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    It’s the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
    Have a seat and I’ll tell you the whole story in a repetitive melody.
     
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    Looks like an old Delco power plant that I have. Mine was used to power a bank of batteries in the old farm house before electrical service was available locally. If there’s a date on the cast flywheel, you should be able to get close to a manufacture date.
     
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    Looks like a vertical 'hit and miss' engine. These were used to drive all kinds of things from water pumps to electric generators to clothes washing machines and even belt-driven power tools.
     
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    a couple more pix please. I don't really think it's any of the things mentioned, but maybe close...
     
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    Yeah, that's one of those things.
     
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    Looks like what my dad called a “one-lunger” which was a one-cylinder engine that may have been a boat motor or used to run some kind of farm machinery.
     
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    Need another angle or two. That pic doesnt show many clues.

    I do suspect the "blower" portion is probably for cooling an old engine, but I cant say for certain from that pic.
     
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    Sorry, that's the only pic available. It's from a real estate listing.
     
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    A Clitorinator from John Harvey Kellog's German competitor?
     
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    I'm thinking vintage backup generator or possibly a gas-fired sump-pump...
     
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    I'm thinking some kind of manual magneto system to get enough electricity to start an engine.
     
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    Go to YouTube and look up delco light plant.
     
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    could be a Gibson....:lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Son, this is what we used to charge cell phones when I was your age.
     
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