Do you need some help next time you go plundering thru garages?
I hate it when that happens. Send it over and I'll dispose of it for you.
This one has both the ammeter and the volt meter. The name tag says Allen but I thought Allen only manufactured the meters not the testers. Is it a K R Wilson tester? Anybody?
You lucky dog you!
Thanks Buddy, I new I left that darn thing somewhere?
It's an Allen Electric tester. They are the most desirable brand to own and restore. Yours is arguably their second most desirable model. It's a very good find. The other popular Allen design has clever sparking arrangement that does away with the brake drum and has the sparks appear to be taking place in mid air as the crank is turned. That is the style that I have. I've been using it for several years now, and I very much prefer it to the Ford unit that I enjoyed previously. The top mounted coil box makes adjusting go much faster that the sideways and bottom mounted desing that many testers used.
Thanks for the good natured kidding and valuable information.
Ok, its coming back to me. Jewell is the name of the meter and Allen the name of the tester. Eric is this the one you are referring to. It has a large single ammeter, Jewell actually.
What do you think we might find if we go digging through Ron Patterson's garage? He probably has a dozen of these in there.
I'm looking for one of those! It's only a one day drive (in modern car) from here to Folsom. Let me know if you don't want to keep it.
Allen Electric, K.R.Wilson and Weidenhoff hand cranked coil testers had Jewell meters. There are several versions of the Allen Electric testers some with two meters and some with one meter. If you look closely at the two meter face plates you see the Jewell name with the Allen Electric logo. Most other HCCT's (the clones of Ford part number 18-Z-245) used Weston Electrical Instrument meters.
Here is a photo of an Allen Electric coil tester I recently restored for Bill Stipe.
The original Jewell meters were badly damaged, the result of the HCCT being dropped. I replaced the originals with Simpson Model 55 units and newly made bezels made by Bob Scherzer.
Ron the Coilman
I believe the other brand of large ampmeter is a Weston.
Very nice work, Ron