Pincor generator

Discussion in 'Help Wanted' started by locknut, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. locknut

    locknut Member

    Hi All,
    I have just obtained this interesting little generator.
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    It is a Powerunit DC/AC 250 watts No.1 (American)(1A), Model BD-12-A, Pincor specification SS-2856 1942.
    I believe that the actual engine is a Briggs and Stratton ( no idea of the model) and that it was used in WW2 to charge batteries for wireless sets.
    The mag on this unit doesn't work which probably means that the coil will need to be replaced.

    I would like to find out more about these units eg wiring diagram,manual etc so if anyone could kindly point me in the right direction I would be very much obliged.
    All the best,
    Kev.
     
  2. campingstoveman

    campingstoveman Active Member

    Kev,

    I have three, they were designed in Canada and built under licence by American and British companies, BSA being the British company. the engines were designed the Canadian company you may like to read this about the company https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outboard_ ... orporation.
    They also built 15/30 dc generators.

    Martin P
     
  3. locknut

    locknut Member

    Hi Martin P,
    Thank you very much for that - that is most interesting background information.I had seen somewhere that the Pincor ( and Pioneer) were based on Johnson's Iron Horse but could not see any obvious connection,but with Johnson's being part of the 'group' the connection is there - and during war time if a successful unit was found and large numbers were required in a short time period then no doubt it would be copied and rebadged.

    I dont suppose you happen to have a manual and wiring diagram for the Pincor by any chance do you?

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    It appears that the mag has given problems in the past and previous owners have attempted to bypass the coil by using a car coil.I would like to return it back to the origenal set up,does anyone know what coil will fit this unit and where I can get one from please?

    All the best,

    Kev.
     
  4. campingstoveman

    campingstoveman Active Member

    somewhere in my house I have a BSA one, all I have to do is find it.

    Martin P
     
  5. locknut

    locknut Member

    Hi Martin P,
    Thank you for that - if you could find it that would be really helpful.Thank you.
    All the best,
    Kev.
     
  6. junglebiker

    junglebiker New Member

    Not sure if this is of interest to you or not, but I have an Australian made Cooper that is very similar to your Pincor and to the Johnson Iron Horse. Mine doesn't have a frame and I'm not sure that it ever did. It does sit on top of a massive cast iron plinth-like fuel tank like yours does, however. Mine has a 24V 300W DC generator on it that doubles as an electric starter. I don't know the local history of this one, as it was given to me by an American man who had lived here in Papua New Guinea for many years and had forgotten where he had gotten it from. He had never had it running as the carburettor was broken. I managed to find an original type carburettor for it and it started right up for me.

    I had hoped to discover that it was left over from WWII and had been used by the Coastwatchers, but an Australian expert on the marque who I found on the interweb told me that this was unlikely as those wartime ones would have been 12V. It seems likely that mine was probably made up from left over parts in the 1950's, though it is an odd mix of army green and red and black, enough to make me wonder if the engine itself (the green bit) is wartime and the generator (the black and red bit) is later civilian?

    I also have a cast iron cylinder head in good condition from a Johnson Iron Horse, which I found laying out on the ground at an abandoned WWII airbase here (Gusap airbase in the Ramu valley, if anybody cares to know). It looks like it would be a perfect fit on my Cooper, though the Cooper has an alloy head with a lot more fins on it, so I think that I will leave that one alone.

    If anyone is interested, I will post pictures.
     

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