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1918 E49 Buick generator question

Doug Ruth

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If the generator does not motor it is very likely you will not get the starter to engage the flywheel.


The generator winding on my car was bad so I usually had to hand crank the engine to start it because the starter wouldnt engage the flywheel.

I finally found a good unit - nice not haveing to hand crank it.

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When the water pump shaft is installed, that wire motors the generator only, and a clicking sound happens, that clicking is the clutch that stops the distributor from turning. If the water pump shaft is not installed, motoring the generator will also turn the distributor rotor, and there will be no clicking.

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