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How true that is. About 3 years ago, my brother's-girlfriend's-brother's neighbor (LOL) was throwing away a generator. Apparently it stopped running and he tried to fix it and gave up, so he was tossing it out. He took the shroud and starter off and cut a bunch of wires off the oil switch and magneto, and never bothered to put it back together. The packrat that I am took it and stashed it in my bro's garage. Last year, I hauled it down here to VA, and stashed it under my deck. Last weekend, instead of working on the MJ :oops: I decided to tear it apart. Half a day later, $25 in parts and a quart of oil, and she started on the 4th pull jamminz.gif This weekend I tore it all down again and cleaned it, changed the oil, and painted the frame. The only thing I need yet is the rubber isolator under the back of the generator frame (the original one is ripped in half). Here's a couple pics. It's a 5000W Devilbiss with a 10hp Briggs engine (but it has an 8hp shroud on it :D ):

 

when I first got it three years ago:

 

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got it running, notice the ratchet-strap “sling” to hold the end up, and the bootyfab ignition switch I rigged up:

 

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all cleaned up and painted:

 

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on my Coleman 5000

the engine will not crank if the oil is too thick.

there is an oil sensor that automatically shuts it down

if it feels the oil is too low.

I had an adequate amount of oil once and it still would not start.

I called the 800 number. the tech said rock the generator back and forth

the valve that measures the oil level, sticks sometimes.

so I did. bam - it started right up.

they said always use 5W oil.

 

...BOB

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