The History of the Delco-Remy Divsion of General Motors
A.K.A. "The Remy Brothers" or "The Remy Electric Company"
1896-1994
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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum - Auburn, IN
This museum is not only located in the former sales showroom of the Cord Auto Company but has a treasure trove of very early Remy and Remy Electric tagged components from back in the Roaring Twenties.  For former DR employees or automotive enthusiasts this is only about 100 miles north of Anderson so it is an easy day trip.  The Museum not only has the automotive technology from this innovative period in automotive history but shows Remy Electric and Delco-Remy Starting Motors, Lighting Generators and Ignition Systems on the actual applications of the period.  I highly recommend this museum.

Notable about this engine display is that it has the earliest known Remy or Remy Electric parts found in a Museum.
 

From this side one can view the Remy Distributor and the Remy Electric Generator, which is driven off a shaft from a gear drive at the front of the engine that also powers the water pump.
 
The distributor, which has a Remy tag, is the only one found to date this old.  The coil has not identification on it but may well be a Remy product as the motor and generator are also Remy products.
 
 

A Remy Tag making this the earliest part on display from the company in a museum.  Model 888D, Serial Number 761568.
 

The unidentified coil.  In any event this gives an indication of what the ignition coil looked like in 1923.
 
 
The DC Generator.  Note the shaft drive from the front of the engine.
 

The ID tag says Remy Electric Co. Anderson Ind. across the top and Automotive Electrical Component along the bottom.  This is model 913B, serial number 32491.
 

Another view of the tag.
 
 

The Remy Electric cranking motor. 
 
The tag is difficult to read but appears to be Model 722A and Serial 3192.
 
 
This cut-a-way of the Lycoming engine has a gear driven Delco-Remy generator which looks to be driving a magneto.  This is unusual as by 1930 automotive engines had switched to the breaker and battery ignition system.
 

The gear drive.
 

The generator driving a magneto.
 

Model 971 and Serial Number 1-A.
 

The V-12 engine has several Delco-Remy components on it.
 

On the passenger side of the engine is a DR Generator and Cranking Motor
 
 
 

The starter is right up against the frame.
 

The ID tag on the motor. 
 
Some histories of show Delco-Remy making sparkplug wires.  In the 1929 Delco-Remy phone book Dept. 805 is shown making Harnesses while 807 was building Leads. Those shown here can be assumed to be modern replacements considering how good a shape they are in, but may give an indication of what DR wires may have looked like.
 
 
 

Model 667 with possible Serial Number 2811.
 
 
 
 
 

Right out in the open is the DR 8 cylinder distributor with the ID tag for everyone to see.
 
 
 

In this photo on can see that the cylinder number has been molded into the top plate, the distributor cap is two pieces and the insulation on the sparkplug wires has changed from woven fabric to rubber.  The accessory drive belt shown here looks to be leather. 
 

 

The DC Generator was in a dark and difficult position to photograph.
 

Model Number 927 D and Serial Number 20098.
 
 
 
 

In this photo one can see the DR distributor, DC generator and coils.  Although this is a eight cylinder engine the distributor has 16 output wires as each cylinder has two sparkplugs, similar to aircraft engines. Note that the wires run to both sides of the block.
 
 

The DR tag on the distributor.  Model 4023 and Serial number 1244.
 

Here the twin coils can be seen, along with the gear driven DC generator that in turn drives the water pump via a shaft.
 

This photo shows how the Delco-Remy components are all located together and very visible to the public viewing this engine.
 
 

This is the ID tag for the generator.  It may be an experimental model.
 

The Delco-Remy molded into the top of the coil.  Note the brass trim.
 

The Delco-Remy name can be also seen on the coils and the generator.
 
 
 
 
 
There is no Model or Serial number on the starter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Delco-Remy Distributor Model 667 Z, Serial Number 2150.
 

The DC Generator.
 
DC Generator Model 931E, Serial Number 2852.
 

The DR Starter on the Auburn V-12.
 

This Auburn V-12 has Delco-Remy Starter Model 543, Serial Number 2565.
 
 
 
 
Straight Eight with a DR Distributor.
 

Chrome tubes to run the spark plug wires.
 

DR Distributor 658W, Serial 152B.
 
Note that there is no fly wheel at the rear of the engine and the starter in the lower right is connected to the front of the engine as this is a front wheel drive vehicle.
 

There was no visible ID tag on the motor but it looks to be a DR product from the brush strap.
 

This photos shows the Delco-Remy generator which is driven off a shaft that also powers the water pump.  The front wheel drive transmission is also shown.  Note that the radiator fan is driven off of the transmission.
 
 

This is one of those rare ID tags that is rectangular rather than the standard oval.  This would seem to indicate it came out of the Dayton DR Plant 7.  Model 941-T, Serial Number 1998.
 

 

 

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