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Landed an O&R Life-Savr Generator that looks to be in pretty good shape. Has all the original paperwork. The original box is super fragile and pretty beat up but it still has the label for where it was sold.

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You did well to get that for the price, the seller could easily have got more if they had let the auction run.

Do the instructions mention anything about the make/type of pump that fits on the back of the generator?

 

David

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No photos of the actual pump attachment but the instructions do reference a Life-Savr Pump Model 410P.

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Unfortunately the old gas wasn’t drained so the tank is completely nasty with thick varnish and oil gunk.

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I'm surprised it's the tank is like that, it almost looks unused, I guess it got used once, they left the gas in & it never started again and then got abandoned in it's box.

 

The 410 in the model number seems familiar, I'm sure @pmackellow's Dyna-mite version is also a model 410, but mine is a model 300 (only difference seems to be an extended tank filler).

 

David

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Yeah, I don’t think it’s had a great deal of run time but I need to look inside the cylinder to really tell. Definitely too bad about the tank, these are the hardest type to clean very well and there’s no accessing the fuel pickup so if the line or filter are clogged or rotten then it usually doesn’t go well. I may go through this as the next project; I haven’t decided yet. 

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I cleaned my tank by heating it op on the stove and pressed the bottom plate out, when the (epoxy?) glue got soft from the heat. Easy actually.

After cleaning I glued the plate back in using epoxy-based tank liner. I didn't line the tank - just used the liner as glue.

 

/Steen

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Thanks Twinsport.  I’ve tried that method on a couple of these tanks and never could get the bottom to release. I might not have gotten it hot enough.  What do you find works well for heating?

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I have used either the kitchen stove or a hot-air gun. Mostly depending on for how long the missus leave the house ;-) .

 

From experience I can tell though that if you forget it on the stove, it can be kind of hard getting the smell out of the house before she returns...

 

/Steen

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Clint you must have a very good collection now, has your wife told you to go stay in the garage yet. my wife asks me every time I'm on

the computer if I'm looking at toys. That one look like a simple clean up.

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I usually try cleaning the tank filter using the largest sized glass syringe I have, after first trying the other methods of cleaning, i.e. your cleaner of choice & using nuts etc. to loosen the crud. I'm guessing they don't have "stoves" in Arizona.

 

David

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9 hours ago, JUST O&R said:

Clint you must have a very good collection now, has your wife told you to go stay in the garage yet. my wife asks me every time I'm on

the computer if I'm looking at toys. That one look like a simple clean up.

Yep, it’s coming along nicely. The garage is probably 120 degrees right now so hopefully the wife doesn’t ask me to stay there... I’m in a similar boat, she knows when I’m on the computer I’m hunting for more O&Rs.

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On 6/29/2020 at 3:20 PM, Wallfish said:

A blow torch


Got the ol’ blow torch out today and gave it a go on an old tank I had. That did the trick!  It was super corroded and nasty inside this tank.  Now I can get it all cleaned up and use it again.

Will a gas tank sealer like POR15 work or does it need to be glued with an gas resistant epoxy?

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