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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Air Force Museum   America's Packard Museum    Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum   Buick Museum   Chrysler Museum   Gilmore Car Museum   Kansas Aviation Museum   Kokomo Auto Museum   Michigan Firehouse Museum   Museum of Flight   National Automobile and Truck Museum    National Packard Museum   Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Allison Branch  RE Olds Transportation Museum   Ropkey Armor Museum   Studebaker Museum   USS Alabama Aviation Museum   War in the Pacific Museum   Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum

Museums
National Packard Museum Page added in "Museums" 10-24-2014.
Gilmore Car Museum and Kokomo Auto Museum pages added in "Museums" 3-2-2014.
Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Allison Branch page added 3-1-2014.
National Military History Center page added 2-24-2014.
While there is no dedicated museum to Delco-Remy, some of the electrical components produced in its 98 years of existence are displayed in automotive museums on engines that used the DR parts .  These are mostly distributors, generators and starters that have become an integral part of the museum engine displays.  While the DR physical manufacturing plants have for the most part disappeared, and the former employee group decreases and will eventually disappear, as long as the museums on this website continue to feature their engine displays, persons in the future will always see the name Remy, Remy Electric or Delco-Remy during their museum visits.


This a Northrop N-9M Flying Wing, which is an early predecessor to today's Northrop-Grumman B-2 Stealth Bomber, making a fly-by at the annual Planes of Fame Airshow at Chino, CA in May of 2010 .  What does the N-9M have in common with Delco-Remy and museums?  This Flying Wing is owned by the Planes of Fame Museum at Chino and is powered by two Franklin engines, which have DR starters on them.  The reason I know this is that back in the late 80's when this aircraft underwent its first restoration I got a call at work from one of the persons doing the engine restoration who was looking for assistance in the rebuilding for the starters.  Somehow the phone call got to me because whoever took the call was aware of my interest in vintage military aircraft.  I did not have the expertise to help the caller but forwarded him to someone who did.

The N-9M is just one of many applications that Delco-Remy was used in beyond the normal passenger car and truck venues that one normally thinks of.  Some others are as follows and more detail are located in the separate pages above:

  • Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, TX seems an unusual museum but it contains the DR link to WWII PT boats.  When John F. Kennedy's PT 109 went down after being cut in half by a Japanese destroyer it no doubt took with it 3 each Delco-Remy starters and generators.

  • At the USS Alabama in Mobile, AL, an aviation museum there shows the connection between DR and one of the most top secret black projects the CIA ever had.

  • The National Aviation Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, OH has of all things Delco-Remy equipment on an engine for the one boat it has on display among all of the great aircraft. 

Serial Numbers and Date Codes found on Delco-Remy parts:  Originally the parts were given a serial number in numerical order.  These numbers are usually on the older part numbers that were three to four numbers and a letter.  Later when DR went to seven digit numerical only part numbers an actual date code was instituted on the oval DR ID tags.  The first number is the year, followed by a letter representing the month, and the last number was the day of the month.  According to Ted Vinson the tags cost about $0.10 a piece back in the 1950s.  The numbers were originally stamped on but later rolled for cost reduction.

A date code of:  3B22 would have been built in the third year of the decade (this has to be figured from the year vehicle it is on), and February 22nd.  Below are the monthly codes which did not use "i" as it looks like a 1.

Jan - A, Feb- B, Mar - C, Apr - D, May -E, Jun -F, Jul - G, Aug - H, Sep - J, Oct - K, Nov - L, Dec - M.

Also the tags were colored coded for voltage:  Black for 6 Volt, Red for 12 Volt, Green for 24 Volt, and possibly yellow or orange for 32 Volt.

Delco-Remy in its prime was involved in a multitude of applications involving the Starting, Lighting and Igniting of an Internal Combustion engine, no matter what the final application.

Air Force Museum   America's Packard Museum    Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum   Buick Museum   Chrysler Museum   Gilmore Car Museum   Kansas Aviation Museum   Kokomo Auto Museum   Michigan Firehouse Museum   Museum of Flight   National Automobile and Truck Museum    National Packard Museum   Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Allison Branch  RE Olds Transportation Museum   Ropkey Armor Museum   Studebaker Museum   USS Alabama Aviation Museum   War in the Pacific Museum   Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
 

 

 

Delco-Remy at the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944   World War Two Products and Product Applications   The Army-Navy "E" for Excellence Award   Our War Job
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