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Old 02-12-2016, 09:55 PM   #113
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years ago I went to a race at Fontana on a temporary circuit set up in the parking lot. All the other tracks I've run at had electricity available. the car in my avatar has a 'total loss" system - no alternator, so the battery has to be charged up between sessions.

Soon, my mechanic and I went to the closest Costco and bought one of those 5K open frame generators. filled up the oil, put gas in it, fired it up and it was SO LOUD we got the stink eye - at a race track!

While were trying to get it to stay in one place (it was shaking so bad it was walking across our paddock space) it suddenly lurched and shut off. completely locked up solid!

What a lifesaver. We took it back to Costco, got a refund, and bought a Kipor - which worked pretty good after I fixed all the Chinese quality control problems.
An X FIL did that once. Bought a new generator, started it and it soon quit with a sudden bang. He forgot to put oil in the crankcase.
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