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 on: Yesterday at 08:49:19 AM 
Started by Charleypete1957 - Last post by Charleypete1957
Mike thatís a beautiful machine youíve got there!  Yes, Iíve been to the Parris Dunn website. They have the manual there for download. Iíll be looking for parts in the coming months. Shouldnít be too awful hard to find what I need.

 on: May 20, 2018, 08:14:22 PM 
Started by Charleypete1957 - Last post by Mike
Here's a later Parris-Dunn, NOS found in New Mexico a few months ago.  I'll be donating it to the AWPC in Lubbock in a few weeks.  It has many of the same parts as yours....similar but different. 

 on: May 20, 2018, 08:10:50 PM 
Started by Charleypete1957 - Last post by Mike
That's a great find and from what I can tell it appears to be in pretty good shape.  Its an early Parris-Dunn, probably 6V, ca, 1935.  The fact that you can read the tail, you have the tower and the coaxial collector pipe is pretty amazing.  Parris Dunn put a lot of different radio brands and hardware store names on their tails vanes.  Silvertone, as you know was the radio brand sold by Sears.  Yes, you're missing the generator and prop but they're not impossible to find.  I don't have any extra parts nor do I have the manual for that specific model.  I know there are a few pics of this model already on the Wincharger website under the photos webpage.  There's also a Parris-Dunn website with a few pics but last time I visited there was a lot of pop up windows with viruses ready to attach your computer so be careful.

 on: May 20, 2018, 02:33:06 PM 
Started by Charleypete1957 - Last post by Charleypete1957
Today a coworker of mine gave me an old Parris Dunn tower and part of the chassis.  He works on ranches part time and picked up this old wind machine out of a ranch trash pile.  The machine has no generator or blade.  The tail has "Silvertone" on it, just barely readable.  I'd appreciate any help identifying this thing exactly so I'll know what I'm looking for to complete and restore it.  Thanks so much!


 on: May 05, 2018, 12:58:37 PM 
Started by WindFinn - Last post by Mike
Iíd say mid 30ís.  Check out link below for more history on the company.  Can you tell what the original color was for the generator?

 on: May 05, 2018, 12:42:29 PM 
Started by WindFinn - Last post by WindFinn
I didn't see any indentations in the blades from fly weights, so that makes sense. 

Any idea when these were made ?  Late 1920's or early 30's ?

 on: May 04, 2018, 11:53:27 AM 
Started by WindFinn - Last post by Mike
Iím fairly certain that the 2500W Wind Powers did not have flyweights. The mass of the blades were apparently sufficient.  You donít see the flyweight indentions on the face of the prop, only washer indentions.  The props for my recently acquired Wind Power are identical to yours.  Also same round balance weights. 

 on: April 27, 2018, 11:35:17 AM 
Started by VASSILE52 - Last post by Evad
I live in Clearwater BC and have 3 Winpowers, 2 Jacobs, 2 Winchargers and 2 Chinese redesigns on my garage floor. All but two are rebuilt. Lousy wind here, unfortunately.

 on: April 27, 2018, 11:31:40 AM 
Started by Evad - Last post by Evad
I've designed two turbines around a 500-600 watt Chinese alternator. They will use a flip up governor, like the old Parris Dunn units. I've had 2 big springs custom built for the job and the simulation suggests that the response will be very linear.
I just wanted to ask anyone who has observed the old Parris Dunn units in action, how hard they come down, after governing. I would imagine that, if they're up high enough, in a nice air stream, they would probably come down in a smooth fashion but I haven't seen one running.
I ask this because I'd like to have an idea of how much shock absorption I need to build into the unit ; a chunk of rubber, or just metal to metal.

Any help would be appreciated.

 on: April 21, 2018, 12:28:20 PM 
Started by VASSILE52 - Last post by Evad
I'm pretty sure you wouldn't need flyballs for the 2500w machine because I don't think they had any in the first place. Ask around some more. Post a pic, if you wish.
Since they are made of cast steel, they'd be hard to duplicate and fabricating them by welding could be tough although making separate parts with a CNC machine could help $$$$$
I'm sure that these flyballs were made for the 1,800 w machine which was newer. Since I had had them re-cast, I had the foundry use the original 1,800 w flyballs to make the form.


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