I had a Delco light plant a few years ago. Interesting machine. It was stuck tight when I found it but I got it freed up and running then sold it when I downsized.
Great pic Jay!..Looks like he likes his job, and is dressed for success.
That is a GREAT photograph! Delco had quite the dealership setup before WWII, and provided electricity for many farms.
I have a Delco 850 watt, 32 volt light plant wired up in my shop right now. It charges four 8 volt golf cart batteries and powers 32 volt bulbs on a separate circuit. Of what use is it? Very little, but it pleases me to explain to youngsters how things worked before commercial power was available.
There's an old story about a Delco salesman who called on a farmer to sell him a light plant. The farmer asked, "If I buy one of them things and then the REA comes through here and puts in power lines, will I be able to run the thing backwards and make gasoline?"
How many of these units do you suppose have been junked over the years?
Got one sitting in my shop. Pretty cool old machine.