Deepest apologies for such a long delay since part 2. We here at Moe’s have been pretty busy as of late now that things are gaining “Moe”-mentum. However we continue to pedal on!
When we left you last, Paul the Eagle Scout had been hard at work finishing the last wall and he built a really incredible enclosure for the generator. This thing would have access panels for the controls, fuel tank, insulated, painted, the works.
However we got some bad news, in a nutshell that even with the cool air ducting and exhaust venting we had planned, we would likely overheat the generator by having it confined in such a manner. So, the generator box was shelved .
Disappointment notwithstanding, we continued to march. All sorts of little odds and ends were popping up that needed to be done. Mike the Welder returned and did an incredible job building up a hinged ramp that could be easily deployed and stowed when unloading and packing up:
That done, the trailer was shipped off to Cotton’s Performance Center where Jack and Brian did some incredible work to extend the generator exhaust and muffler out through the floor of the trailer. Jack sent me pictures but I seem to have lost them, so until I can get another copy, here is a picture of Jack’s wheelstanding Grand National:
Got the water tank mounted and installed pass-thrus so we could run a water hose and power cables out of the trailer.
So here we are, a week or so later. Sorry but things got hectic and I wasn’t able to update as I had expected. In a nutshell:
Generator box was built but wouldn’t work. No problem, we’ll duct and cool and move along. Jack and Brian did a great job plumbing the exhaust out through the floor and everything looks good to go. So, we decide to do a test run to see how the machine will run. The generator is fired up and while a bit loud, got the equipment going when..
Something smelled funny. Not clown, ha ha funny, but burning-funny better check this out. Looking under the trailer confirmed our fears:
Hard to see but the exhaust pipe was red hot and started charring the wood floor. So, a shutdown was declared and the next day it was off the Nashua Outdoor Power where we became the proud owners of a Honda inverter generator, whisper quiet and sips gas.
Sad that the original generator idea didn’t work out, especially after so much work but that’s how the donut rolls.
With that all out of the way it was time to load up for gig #1, the Farmer’s Market at Forest Park in Springfield. Pleased to say everything fit:
…and we had a terrific day!