The units shown for sale are owned by Searchlight Advertising Companies. I do not know the condition of these lights, so you must contact the owner. I only provide this page as a place to display their goods.
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1)A light in it's original W.W.II condition, will be in two separate trailers. One unit will be the generator trailer, and the other trailer will be the light unit. If you buy a Searchlight in its original W.W.II condition, you must also by a trailer to tow the two units with. See the pictures below. I would not tow original equipment around more than 25MPH.
2)Another configuration are searchlights modified, and mounted on one single trailer. This configuration is more practical for business use.
3)Finally, the units can be configured to mount on the back of a truck, or even a fire engine!
You should be mechanically inclined....
You will be maintaining, and operating a 60 year old "Hercules" Flat head in line 6 cylinder engine that drives a 16.7KWV DC generator. You will also be operating and maintaining a very powerful Carbon Arc Light with a delicate carbon rod feed mechanism that you must maintain, and monitor at all times to be sure the carbon rods are feeding properly. In most cases, you can't just fire this machine up and walk away.
You will also need a good size truck like a Ford F250, capable to pulling between 4000 to 8000 pounds depending on your configuration.
What do you get for all your trouble? A powerful 800 million candle power beam that is 5 feet in diameter that reaches 5 miles into the night sky, and can be seen for over 35 miles or more when conditions are right. You will be in charge of one of the most powerful man made light sources in the world! You will attract people from miles around . People will come like bugs to a light. You better like to talk, and meet people, cause once you fire one of these lights up, they will come, and ask many questions.
Located in Barstow Ca. $16,000.00 Sperry light and generator mounted on very nice custom trailer. Both generator and light have been well maintained and ready to advertise events for you.<>firstname.lastname@example.org>
RETIREMENT SALE $9500.00
Located SE of Savannah Ga. $9,500.00
GE light & Gen on 74 Ford F600 truck Generator; operates very well, it has NOS carb and water pump, converted to 12 volts, electric fuel pump. The gen. top has been covered in sheet aluminum. It has aluminum doors and side panels. Light; is an aluminum drum unit, operates very well. New feed rollers in neg. and pos. Reflector is good grade (7). Light wired to run in either direction. Truck; V8 332 ci 4spd, good tires, recent rear brake work, clutch
replaced, engine changed out and in very good cond. runs fine. Truck restored with rust free fenders and lh door. Both light and truck painted with polyurethane. Other machines and parts available, too numerous to list.
Located in Hinesville, GA.GE generator and light unit, $9500.00
Light is aluminum drum unit with a nice mirror.Painted with polyurethane, aluminum doors, 30 gal. aluminum gas tank, runs 3 day job at 3 hours per day on one full tank. Rebuilt engine,NOS; engine block, pistons, rings, valves, rod and main bearings. NOS carburator, oil pump,and water pump. Stock and remote oil filter. Stored inside, less then 20 hours run time on engine. Runs excellent.
GE generator and light unit. $9,500.00
Light unit is a steel unit with a nice mirror. White paint is polyurethane, black is enamel. The generator housing is coverd or replaced with aluminum. The doors are aluminum, it has a 30 gal. gas tank. The engine is rebuilt, nos, pistons,rings,valves,rod and main bearings,carburator,oil pump and water pump. Converted to 12 volts. Both axles have brakes. Runs excellent.
Below is one more GE generator and light unit, $9,500.00
Light is a aluminum drum unit with a good mirror.Just painted with polyurethane, aluminum doors and top on the generator. Rebuilt engine, pistons,rings,bearings and etc. Converted to 12 volts. Runs excellent.
A Sad Site.....A Searchlight bone yard.
As the years pass, many of these great lights end up as scrap metal
Sites to visit....
See Bob Meza's General Electric Searchlight restoration click here
Searchlight Owners Forum click here
Searchlight History and how they were used in W.W. II click here
See Jim Mulligan's Restored 1942 GE Searchlight
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