From:Jim Morrison Electronic:jimjuliem -A-
Subject:1958 165cc "Hummer" electreical system. Date:Tue Dec 20 12:54:23 2011
I just want to know if I remember a few things correctly. It has been about 50 years since I sold my 1958 165cc.
It had no battery, right?
The engine ignition ran off a magneto, right?
The headlight ran off a generator?
Is the generator simply different armatures (two?) running off the same magnets as those that supply the magneto?

As I recall I had a short in an generator armature that caused my head light to be dim. What doesn't make sense to me is that I vaguely recall that it also caused the engine to run poorly when the headlight was on. But only when the headlight was on. Does that make any sense? It doesn't to me if the two "systems" run on different armatures.