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  • chris haynes
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    So does anybody know where i can get any information on this unit?

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  • saltmine
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    Hmmm, Chris.....That looks like my workbench when I worked in the County Fleet shop. Except mine had a few Klystron tubes and some of the stuff you'd find in the background of an old "Frankenstien" movie....Jacob's Ladders, rotary static generators, Tesla Coils...you know the drill..

    We didn't throw anything away....We kept it, until the boss decided to auction it off, and make pennies on the dollar.

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  • chris haynes
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    Wiedenhoff Magneto/starter/generator test bench

    I have a Wiedenhoff Magneto/starter/generator test bench. I am looking for instruction/parts manuals for it. I can't find a model number on it.

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  • Evan
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    It is if you've got a watch
    That makes YOU the revolution counter.

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  • Circlip
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    Nice piece of marketing " $55 Down, --- and 12 monthly payments," --- of what??

    Regards Ian.

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  • winchman
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    "It's not a revolution counter...."

    It is if you've got a watch.

    Roger

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  • Evan
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    It says on the face of the tachometer "Revolutions per Minute". It's not a revolution counter, it is a revolution velocity indicator aka a tachometer.

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  • Ed Tipton
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    I think that it's a device for winding coils. The "tachometer" is not for counting revs per se, but for counting the number of turns on a winding of some sort. I have a coil winder that is eerily similar...but not exactly the same. would work for any type coil on a genny, starter motor, mag, whatever.

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  • 10KPete
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    Gavin has it! I think it's the same as the machine shown in that ad.

    Pete

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  • Bguns
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    Third a Magneto/Distributer tester, Modernish Mags also had Advance units.
    Probably a spark gap somewhere on rig. Mag coils go South if Spark can't jump out of HT leads...

    Adjustable mounting to hold many sizes types of Mags. Most of which have Square or Rectangular Bases, See Clamp....

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  • macona
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    Second the distributor machine. The lever on the motor adjusts the brush holder position giving variable speed. Variable speed is used to set the mechanical advance. They three jaw chuck grabs on to the shaft for the oil pump.

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  • Gavin
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    Jospeh Weidenhoff were (are?) manufacturers of magneto servicing equipment in the 1940s, it would seem that it's a magneto test bed of some type, this page has some of their wares - it may help you in your quest.

    http://www.oldengine.org/members/die.../MagData13.htm

    Also have a look at the Model 36 tester at the bottom of this page, it looks very much like your item.

    http://www.lathes.co.uk/weidenhoff/
    Last edited by Gavin; 01-27-2009, 03:40 AM.

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  • 10KPete
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    That machine looks like a distributor tester to me. I can't figure any other function for the degree wheel and the tachometer.

    Pete

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  • MPHJUNKIE
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    The chuck floats up, down and side to side. I can and will take some more pictures in the morning and post them sometime after. On the tag on the uprights in the center it says manufactured by WEIDENHOFF. Another tag says JOS. WEIDENHOFF. There's no date on it anywhere.
    Yes Sir, that's a dragbike.

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  • winchman
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    What's it say on the left front of the base (far left in first photo) and on the black part attached to the uprights (top of first photo)? Can you post a closeup of those two areas?

    SUN had red and black test equipment for starters and generators in the late '40s, so I think that's a good possibility. Something for generators would likely be belt-driven, though.

    Seems like most of the starters had end bells over the Bendix drives, so only the Ford 'longshaft' style would fit in that tester, if that's what it is. All of those are the same diameter, so you wouldn't need to adjust the height of the chuck.

    Is that a drag motorcycle in the background of the first photo?

    Roger
    Last edited by winchman; 01-27-2009, 02:21 AM.

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