Before they were owned by GM.
That is a great photo. It may have been taken after the flood in Dayton which affected the Delco Factory. Here are some old photos from that:
Is that a generator mounted on the back of the car? That thing must weigh a ton! Not a good pitch for electric lights.
Technology of the day!
To my knowledge the Delco electric light plants were designed for home use.
Surely someone on this Forum knows all about Delco light plants and can enlighten us all.
Found this simple explanation.
Delco home lighting plants
I always have thought a windmill ran a generator which charged banks of batteries which provided the power??
Wow! Those pictures Richard put up. Much of Dayton was destroyed.
32 volt power source with automatic starting to maintain batteries--local dairy farm had one close by. Specific Gravity had to be checked on regular basis if each glass cased battery.
Bud--single cylinder air-cooled engine which would start when load became too great on batteries. I have seen several at the OLD Threshers show held in MT Pleasant, IA on Labor Day week-end beginning on Thursday before. One of the best displays there is in country Quite a car collection there also besides 100 plus steam engines
Thanks David,i have attended many shows but i have yet to see one! I wonder how the starting worked?
I have never seen a muffler like that on a Delco lighting plant. Very cool.
I wouldn't allow a gallon of gasoline in my house today. Neither would my insurance company.
If you already a gas engine, large banks of batteries, you might also have had a gasoline cook stove.
The Delco light plant I was told about was kept in a room in the barn with wires running to the house.
Cook stoves were fired with coal or wood when grand parents used them in early 1950's. They were also used to heat part of the home in winter. Many farm homes had a summer kitchen to keep heat out of the home.