Mount a 10KW AC Generator on a 96 Ford Escort???


Old 02-05-11, 01:09 PM
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Question Mount a 10KW AC Generator on a 96 Ford Escort???

Is this a big deal? It appears a Chicago 10KW Generator head could be located between the radiator and the grill on the right (passenger side) if a pulley could be attached to the driveshaft.

Purchasing a 20HP motor would be expensive, as would building a mounting enclosure for a motor/generator on wheels or purchasing an equivalent M/G unit.

I have a 1996 Escort which is not road-worthy, but has a good engine. I am willing to install a timing belt, since the current one is about to exceed 60K miles.

I am thinking 1:2 pulleys for 1800 engine RPM to dirve a 3600 RPM generator.

Has anyone ever done or attempted this?
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Old 02-07-11, 04:11 AM
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Gosh, I gotta start getting up earlier and start my coffee regimen before I log on... A few questions. Where will you locate this beauty? I mean, it isn't your run of the mill generator boxe and may not be aesthetically pleasing to the neighbors to have it sitting beside the house. For prolonged periods of running, the gas engine will overheat as you will have minimal air passing over the radiator, even with cooling fans. Unless you had the head sitting in your garage already, and all the paraphernalia necessary to do the job, $3k will sit a 10k generator on a pad hooked up to a transfer switch, and will kick on automatically should there be a power failure, and will run a self test once a week to charge the battery and diagnose the system.
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I don't have $3k, but I have $300 for a new generator head, am a former USN ET2, retired IBM CE,
and DIY auto mechanic. In addition to two pulleys and a belt which are not cheap, but affordable, I would like some kind of clutch so that the generator could be disengaged when moving (driving/relocating) the vehicle in my yard. I am not sure how the drive pulley would attach to the engine (hopefully bolted in front of the vibration damper). I will investigate this and the best mounting location for the generator more fully when the 2+ feet of snow covering the Escort, melts.
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Also be thinking about how you will add a governor to maintain the engine speed under varying generator power loads.
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I would also be wary of Chicago-brand specs. The store's products have been really hit-or-miss for me. The 12v tire inflater lasted about 3 months. The gear puller snapped on the first use. The trailer jack -- rated for 1,000 pounds -- bent in on itself with just 400 pounds of tongue weight. The power inverter fried at less than half of its 2,000 watt rating. The basic hand tools are okay for household use.

To their credit: They have a liberal return policy, and for awhile were getting tired of seeing me with broken merchandise. They don't have to worry about that any more.
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