We had an inspection for my unit and before hand, they made us throw out our row of 5 foot tall bolt bins and any extra parts....Mill,
Do you remember the 4.2 Kw (I think) gennies that we had in the basket at the front of the M577’s?
It would take a lot of changing to get me away from thinking those were among the worst generators ever made.
After screwing around with ours for months, trips to DS & GS Maint, we local purchased a couple of Honda’s. Kept the 4.2 on the track, ran it occasional for PMCS and show downs, but NEVER relied on it.
I used to look at them and get pissed. Next in line we’re the pumps that we used for water and fuel. Parts were essentially interchangeable. We had a couple too many down which was pushing our ERC rating below acceptable (USR) and I found that out Maint Chief was waiting on parts… It turned out that by moving some around we could get back to where we needed to be. Chief was adamant that “cannibalization” was against regs. We had a serious and animated discussion that ended with an order to move the parts as “controlled substitution” in the next hour and to get his head in the game. Turns out he needed a trip to the “drying out” place to get his stuff together. I don’t think he ever thought of me the same way after that visit.
Thankfully, someone thought it would be a good idea to hide the harder to find parts, in the attic of one of the offices, someone climed up and pulled the parts up with a strap