... feminist, atheist, autistic academic and historic narrowboater ...
Likes snooker, beer, tea, rivets and solitude, and is strangely fascinated by the cinema organ.
And there might be something about railways.

Friday 8 April 2011

We have the power!

We never could find anything wrong with the dynamo, but the battery clearly wasn't charging. Perhaps it was the regulator (bad news if so!). But to give the dynamo its best shot, we took it to be looked over by a man in Hednesford, and collected it this morning, duly looked at and serviced, and assured that it was in full working order, and with a wiring diagram (given that thde one we were working to previously might have been wrong. So Jim connected it up and... still nothing getting to the battery.

Lots of conversations ensued between John in Hednesford, John here at Stretton who was generously applying his electrical engineering knowledge, and Jim, none of which in all honesty I really understand, but the upshot was, after trying almost everything else, to disconnect the ammeter (that's not it in the picture, that's the oil pressure guage. If you want to see a picture of the ammeter, scroll back a few days). Magic! A quick rev of the engine, and power was going to the battery, and at a good rate too. I can now extravagantly charge my phone without guilt!

1 comment:

  1. Glad to see you've now resolved the dynamo problem! What a surprise that it was a fault in the ammeter - they are so simple inside -just a single turn of heavy copper wire really.

    Have you measured the max charge current you now get from the dynamo (maybe not, without an ammeter!!)?

    It might be possible to fix the old ammeter if you can carefully open it up, otherwise there are loads of nice looking replacements to be found on eBay or in vintage tractor spares catalogues/online shops - eg try Agriline.