Some time ago I acquired an old Lincoln welder. It's probably nearly
as old as I am. And I'm proud to say it's even in worse shape!
I don't have a vintage. But I'm a 49er and it's probably from the
early 50s. It appears to have a 6 volt generator and starter as well
as a magneto. The engine is a Continental F162.
My wife has just begun taking three courses at our local junior
college: Math, Welding, and Engine Building.
While this welder cannot help her with her math it WILL serve as her
class projects for both the welding and engine courses since the sheet
metal and even some of the structural frame and trailer it's on, have
I don't have a clue how long it's been since the thing last ran.
However, I've dumped some marvel mystery oil into it and have gotten
the engine to loosen up enough to turn it over.
I am interested in receiving opinions about how to best proceed with
the restoration. I have always preferred to know going into a project
what components have given up the ghost and which ones may continue in
I believe this is important so as to be able to choose your battles
To that end, I'd like to get the thing started. Not only for the
goose bump factor but also to satisfy myself that the dynamo ain't
dead dead dead.
Since I don't have a 6 volt battery I'm wondering if I could just
start it with a 12 volt battery and not hook up the generator?
Also, how do you go about testing a magneto? No self destructive
testing, please. I get enough of that at my chiropractor's...
Once I determine the magneto and generator are ok I'll feel a lot
better about hurling money at the engine, gas tank, radiator, and all
I would really like to talk about dis mit Ben Dare and Dunn Datt.
Thank you for your consideration.
18 years ago