Force Museum America's
Packard Museum Auburn Cord
Duesenberg Museum Buick Museum
Museum Gilmore Car Museum Kansas Aviation
Museum Kokomo Auto Museum Michigan
Firehouse Museum Museum of
Automobile and Truck Museum
National Packard Museum
Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust
RE Olds Transportation
Armor Museum Studebaker Museum
USS Alabama Aviation Museum
War in the Pacific Museum
Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
Heritage Museum - Ypsilanti, MI
Another great museum to find
rare Delco-Remy components on different engines.
As soon as one walks in, pays his/hers
admission fee and then turns and walks to the left into the next room, on
the left is a WWII Hudson Invader 168 Marine Engine with Delco-Remy starter, DC
generator and distributor. One can see the DR ID Tag on the starter
as they walk up to the engine.
I have a hard time believing that this 250 hp
engine was used as a replacement in PT boats which had Packard V-12
engines producing 1,200 hp with upgrades to 1,500 hp. Several Hudson
sources mention this but there is not the needed power produced and they would
not mount the same. I think this is an "old wives" tale that has
taken on a life of its own within the Hudson enthusiast community. There were three engines in a PT boat
and if the Invader had been used in an outboard engine it would have
caused steering problems. Also, the top speed and the survivability
of the PT boat in combat would be severely reduced.
The DR ID tag has been painted over by an over
enthusiast volunteer. The curator of the Museum said he would take
some paint remover to this and remove the upper layer of paint. Time
will tell if that actually happens.
Here is an Invader Engine coming off the WWII
Hudson Engine Line with the Delco-Remy Heavy Duty Starter and Solenoid
A front view of the Invader 168 with the
Delco-Remy distributor to the right.
Delco-Remy distributor model 4242, serial
number 8204. DR would have supplied 4,000 of the model 4242 to
Hudson in Detroit, MI during the war.
One has to assume DC generator is also a DR
unit even though the ID tag can not be seen.
The museum has many items in it from the
closed GM Willow Run Transmission Plant a mile to the east.
This display came from Willow Run and was the
first vehicle to use the Hydramatic Transmission. However, there are
a couple of Delco-Remy components on it.
The Delco Battery.
Note the placement on the frame rail.
One can assume this is a DR distributor even
though there is no marking on it. GM usually removes any names off
of components on its display models like this. It is surprising the
Delco Battery was allowed to be identified, although it is more difficult
to sanitize the name.
Delco-Remy 12 Volt DC Generator. Both
the generator and the starter below have the sheet metal straps around the
end to enable service of the brushes.
Delco-Remy foot activated starter.
Also on display from the former transmission
plant, which started its life in 1941 as the Ford B-24 Bomber Plant, is
this 1973 Rotary Engine. Right in front is its Delcotron.
This interesting photos shows an early six
cylinder HEI with two coils.
The next series of photos of are of a cut away
display of a turbo charged Chevrolet Corvair. Most of the Corvairs
that were built were assembled at the former Willow Run Assembly plant
near the transmission plant. There are no markings on the Delco-Remy
due to the nature of the display but it does give a good opportunity to
view the internal components. Also, this is all inside a Plexiglas
display so the photos look a little fuzzy and has some reflections.
Distributor and Coil.
Engineare on display with components
from other Allied Divisions. I am not quite sure why the Harrison AC
compressor is included as it was never, even during the Delphi era in
Flint, managed or associated with the old AC Division.