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Hassellbear

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Dynamo Project Build
« on: January 07, 2024, 06:01:42 pm »
Hi,

I’m new to this forum, and I think it’s great. I acquired a 1964 Wilesco D16 in November, and I decided my first accessory would be a dynamo and light - as I am an electrical engineer.

I purchased a PM Research machined dynamo kit and spent a bit of spare time building the kit and fashioning a suitable base and lamp. The base was fabricated from a 6” square cast iron skillet. I made the lamp post using rectangular brass bar stock, brass tubing, a couple of tiny aluminum funnels, and a led.

I finished just in time for Christmas, and the engine and dynamo entertained the family children on Christmas day.

Hassellbear

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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2024, 07:12:08 pm »
Nicely done!! Brilliant idea for a base, much better than wood 8)
Nick

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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2024, 08:04:54 pm »
Greetings and warm welcome to the forum from St. Paul In. Outstanding job on the genny, one of the best I've seen. 😊
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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2024, 11:06:02 pm »
Superb job that!
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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2024, 09:30:53 am »
Welcome to the forum. Well done!
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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2024, 10:07:28 am »
Welcome!  That is a wonderful project & job done well!
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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2024, 08:25:18 pm »
A Big  WELCOME ABOARD...!!!

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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2024, 02:06:58 am »
Very well done!!!

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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2024, 04:52:51 am »
Very ingenious, well done!
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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2024, 06:52:26 am »
I never would have thought about using a square skillet for a cast iron base.  Great job!
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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2024, 04:28:29 am »
Very nice! Looks very solid and durable. I particularly like the fact that it looks like it belongs to the set. Well done.

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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2024, 10:00:31 am »
Welcome from the Great State of Texas.

The dynamo project turned out great.

Congratulations!

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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2024, 12:26:03 pm »
I love the creative use of the skillet. Well done! It reminds me of the time I converted a stainless wire cookie rack into a motorcycle radiator rock guard. 

Any special challenges in cutting the cast iron?

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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2024, 10:41:25 pm »
Cutting the cast iron skillet was easier than expected. I used a 4-1/2” angle grinder with a thin cutoff wheel for the rough cutting. The final shaping and finishing was done using a file, Dremel tool, and sandpaper.

After the generator project was finished, I learned I had reinvented the wheel by making the base. It turns out that B&P Lamp Supply sells a 6” square cast iron lamp base that is a bit fancier than my skillet base. Plus, Amazon sells the skillet for $26 and the lamp base for $34. Making the base was fun and rewarding, but if I could go back in time, I would spend the extra $8 for the ready-made base.


https://www.bplampsupply.com/product/4960_square-cast-iron-lamp-base


Plus, B&P sells a larger 12” x 7” rectangular cast iron base that could be used for projects such as a small engine and boiler or a model workshop.

https://www.bplampsupply.com/product/4961_rectangle-cast-iron-lamp-base

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Re: Dynamo Project Build
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2024, 01:28:59 pm »
I like those idea's, much appreciated.
Bruce, St. Paul Indiana, USA
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