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  • 8wire
    replied to 1968 320A/BP worth restoring?
    Sorry, I meant the wilson not the miller that time.
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  • 8wire
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    Ryan, the foot pedal is missing, thats something I'm going to have to research and find. Im assuming thats for tig and I can still use the machine without it.
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    Aeronca you are right. Honestly I'm just as excited about seeing if this 3 phase beast runs.

    While we are here. Has...
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  • 8wire
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    Will do. Thank you.
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  • 8wire
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    Well I wired the old plug and turned it on. She came on immediately and sounded pretty strong. Im pretty stunned. Ill get a better plug to install and clean her out this weekend, see if she welds. Appreciate everyone's help!! Don't worry I won't touch the three phase outlets for now.

    Ryan,...
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  • 8wire
    replied to 1968 320A/BP worth restoring?
    Fair comment. I think i can safely put the plug on the miller and check to see if it works. The three phase can wait until the electrician looks at it. Appreciate the advice as always. I put up some pictures of the insides as I clean it out incase anyone is interested.
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  • 8wire
    replied to 1968 320A/BP worth restoring?
    Yeah that plug will not be used for 3 phase. Thats the 220 plug. I agree though. Ill probably get an electrician in at some point to make sure I'm good to go.
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  • 8wire
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    Here are the plugs I'm looking at. The 200ish receptacle (connected to two 50a breakers, says 250v on it), I don't have a multimeter but ill find one to fine tune the settings on the miller as bushytails suggests (208vs230v). Until then im going to plug it in to check it works.

    The plug...
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  • 8wire
    replied to 1968 320A/BP worth restoring?
    Gentlemen, thanks for the replies.
    I am convinced that I plugged the Wilson into a single phase 220 outlet.
    Why?
    1. It looks like it, three prong.
    2. It has 2x50 amp CBs associated with it. According to google the three phase would need 3 CBs, I have three triple CBs in my...
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  • 8wire
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    The wilson has leads but i havent looked at how to connect them yet. It also only makes a noise when I hold the start button in and my understanding is that it is supposed to be very loud.
    Thanks for the advice. I was hoping that troubleshooting the Wilson first would tell me whether or not the...
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  • 8wire
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    Finally got the Wilson Hornet into the shed with power. Its heavier than it looks, is completely impossible to lift and I had to get it down a step and up a step which took 45 min and broke a 2x4 I was using as a lever. I now know why the old owners left if behind!

    Plugged it in about...
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  • 8wire
    replied to 1968 320A/BP worth restoring?
    Cheers jrd, I hope people have as much confidence in me as you do in the machine when I'm that old.
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  • 8wire
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    That makes sense, thanks for the info. It still has his stencil that he used for his business logo. Did not know if needed to be magnetic. Appreciate all the help on this forum!
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  • 8wire
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    Met junkie, its the shed that keeps on giving. They also left this large torch with some sort of Pantagraph arm. It has a stencil attachemt with a pin, an olden days cnc I guess. A very big pedestal grinder and an old 25 ton press. There were other tools but.i guess the family sold some before we closed...
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  • 8wire
    replied to 1968 320A/BP worth restoring?
    Mr. Jones, thank you for the advice. Other than some cracked gauges, chipped paint, and no plug, she looks fine. But then I don't know what I'm talking about yet. I think the plan will be:
    1. Blow the dust out of the Wilson Hornet and plug it in, see what happens. I know it is a 3 ph machine...
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  • 8wire
    replied to 1968 320A/BP worth restoring?
    Yeah the only things I can find online about them are that they were (maybe) made from 1939 to 1951 and that they are LOUD. I scraped off the dust on the badge, hard to read but its stats are: 3 phase, 220/440v, 300 amp, 1750 speed, model 300, serial 254-6140. Makes me think maybe the miller is set...
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  • 8wire
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    Aeronca41, thanks for the reply. I called Miller, they said the 1973 manual was the best they could do. Appreciate the advice, hopefully between the manual and google I can figure it out. I just went back into the shed and found a giant Wilson Hornet machine. I saw it a few weeks ago but assumed...
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  • 8wire
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    Thanks for the response, Bob. I will look him up. So this is the "Helga" I've been reading about... Cheers Lewis.
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  • 8wire
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    1968 320A/BP worth restoring?

    G'day, first time posting. I am a beginner welder that has exclusively worked with a little 110v Lincoln MIG welder. I just bought a house from the family of a deceased racecar builder/fabricator and they left me his old 1968? 320A/BP welder serial T455934 in rough condition along with a couple of...
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