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 91 
 on: January 16, 2018, 07:13:27 PM 
Started by k2glo - Last post by Mike
Great to have you as a member Bob.  I may not know the answers to all your questions but there is a huge collective knowledge base here to back me up.  I believe there may be more wind chargers on the left coast than you think.  Few may have been sold there originally but the resurgence of wind energy in the 70's helped them find there way there....lots of folks wanting to be energy independent.  Your find is interesting because I had a conversation with a guy a few years back that had a Parmak and 2 Winchargers.  He was from the Seattle area.  I look forward to seeing some pictures.

 92 
 on: January 16, 2018, 02:22:41 PM 
Started by k2glo - Last post by k2glo
Hi,
I would like to introduce myself. I am Bob Deuel and I live in Ashland, Oregon which is on the I-5 corridor just above the California border. I am an avid vintage radio collector with my collection mainly focusing on pre-1927 radios and odd and unusual radio and transmitting tubes. I have also had an interest in farm radios and am currently restoring a Truetone 6V farm radio. Of course, these radios were designed to be mainly powered by wind generators charging a 6V storage battery which has expanded my collection interest to include vintage wind chargers. I have been on the look out for a Wincharger for the last few years but they are uncommon where I live. On a few recent vacations to the Mid-West, I have looked for one but have been unsuccessful in finding one. Then recently out of the blue, three locally fell into my lap which was quite surprising for me to find three at once especially where I live. One is a Parmak and two were Zenith Winchargers of which I gave one of the Winchargers to the gentleman that gave me the tip on locating them. I am currently restoring the Parmak. In the next couple days, I intend to make a separate post on each of the remaining two describing them more fully, my progress so far on restoring them, and asking a few questions that I have concerning each of them.

I was glad to find a group of interested collectors that I can share with.

 93 
 on: January 13, 2018, 12:39:25 PM 
Started by Chronictinkerer - Last post by David
As Mike was saying, the blade normally should spin clockwise when looking at it from the front, so the copper foil edges would be the leading edge.  What I am not clear on is whether the entire blade is simply mounted backwards which if flipped would then correct the direction of the spin (the holes would need to be re-drilled in the opposite direction to allow the flip).  The copper goes on the thickest edges of the blade, which I think you have done.  Your work looks very good.

 94 
 on: January 12, 2018, 08:41:35 AM 
Started by Chronictinkerer - Last post by Mike
Great looking restoration!  and it didn't take you very long.   What are your plans for it?  Display or operate? I believe your prop profile is backwards but if you will be operating in light to moderate winds <20mph then you should be fine.  The generator brushes don't care which way it spins but the governor does.  In theory, you could disassemble the governor and switch it so it operates counterclockwise but you may have to modify the center pivot plate and bend the airfoil louvers the opposite direction.  It also means grinding out and re-riveting the assembly which is a pain.  
Also, don't make the mistake that many of us have made and not anchor to something before you let it spin in the wind.  
Nice Job!

 95 
 on: January 10, 2018, 05:32:08 PM 
Started by Chronictinkerer - Last post by Chronictinkerer
Brushes installed. Still need to button everything up and mount on the roof.

 96 
 on: January 10, 2018, 05:28:42 PM 
Started by Chronictinkerer - Last post by Chronictinkerer
The brass brushes are 1/4" x 3/8"

 97 
 on: January 10, 2018, 05:26:56 PM 
Started by Chronictinkerer - Last post by Chronictinkerer
Making the brushes for the slip rings

 98 
 on: January 10, 2018, 05:24:29 PM 
Started by Chronictinkerer - Last post by Chronictinkerer
Closeup of the generator

 99 
 on: January 10, 2018, 05:23:04 PM 
Started by Chronictinkerer - Last post by Chronictinkerer
Rear shot. Havn't hooked up wiring yet.

 100 
 on: January 10, 2018, 05:19:05 PM 
Started by Chronictinkerer - Last post by Chronictinkerer
The project took longer than I thought!

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