1942 Sperry Searchlight Sets

We have a very limited number of Brand new 60″ Sperry Searchlight and Generator sets for sale that have been in storage since the end of WWII. This may be your only chance to get a set that has never been used. My father remembers when these were originally shipped in 10’x10’x10′ crates. You could literally walk around the inside of the box with the light inside! Although these were pulled out of the crates around 1949 these had never been put into operation. A couple of the Searchlights still have the original packing slips inside. When searching through our old photographs we happened to stumble across a picture of these being unloaded while still in the crates.

Searchlights and Generators in crates

Searchlights and Generators in crates

I would prefer to see these go into museums or to serious collectors who will preserve them as original. There just aren’t many left in their original unaltered configuration with the servo system intact for the positioning. Most of that was stripped off of lights that went into advertising use. If you just want something to light up the sky in front of your business you may be better off buying one that has already been altered for advertising use. We will gladly help with parts to get your light in tip top shape.

Please contact us directly for pricing and availability of these new sets. Included would be a 1942 60″ Sperry Searchlight, Sperry Generator, 10′ manual control pole with wheel, Connectors for the power into the light, Spare arc lamp, Spare Arc control box, three cans of Carbon and many spare parts. We can come up with a very complete package. Rims are includes but these will need tires (8 total) and some prep work to get going. Also, from storage they will need some cleanup and should have a fresh coat of paint. If you want to get an original example of a light it is much easier to start with something like this that has never been altered. The generators may be some of the last surviving example of a WWII vintage Hercules JXD engine that had never been used.

Below are some pictures of these lights and generators to give an overall picture of what these are like.

1942 60" Sperry Searchlight

1942 60″ Sperry Searchlight

1942 60" Sperry Searchlight

1942 60″ Sperry Searchlight

1942 Sperry Generator

1942 Sperry Generator

1942 Sperry Generator

1942 Sperry Generator

A couple of the new Sperry generator plants. One of them has markings for ‘with first echelon’ whatever the significance of that might be. These can be used as an example for restorations of other searchlights.

Sperry Generators

Sperry Generators

We recently opened the doors on one of the generators and was pleasantly surprised to see that they are indeed still new. The original battery is still inside and is probably still good since the acid was never added to activate the battery. This door had been closed for almost 60 years. The last people to see this were the ones who built it.

Sperry Generator panel

Sperry Generator panel

From our calculations this generator had less than 10 minutes of run time at the factory during testing before the engine was fogged and protected for shipping.

Panel meter - Run Time

Panel meter – Run Time

What is this? It happens to be the original tag that explains how to get it prepared for the first use.

New tags - First use

New tags – First use

Ok, a little surface rust on the engine after sitting for over 70 years but what did you expect? It should be easy to clean up to mint condition. I truly believe that one of these could run again with a new fuel pump diaphragm (just to be safe) and a little work to follow the prep sheet.

Hercules JXD engine

Hercules JXD engine

This really caught me by surprise. The starters had been wrapped for protection and the battery cable has never been connected. Now we all know how these were shipped.

Starter - Still wrapped

Starter – Still wrapped

If you are interested in any of these sets please send an e-mail to: rdoerr@bizserve.com or use the contact information on our home page.