Only have a few more things to do on the Triplett 3434a before it's all done.
I put a modern 3-prong grounded AC cord on. The old 2 prong cord was a bit wonky - it would cut out when it was wiggled (!), and a piece of test gear like this really should have a proper mains ground anyway.
There are 3 screws - you can see one that I partially undid - that hold the can onto the base. You can't remove the top of the can without removing the whole thing from the chassis. There is enough slack in the wiring that you don't have to disconnect anything though.
Note also the rubber grommet on the can - everywhere wire passes through a hole in the chassis, there is a grommet to prevent a wire contacting the chassis and potentially causing a short. Very nice.
The black, hot side, goes to the side of the circuit with the AC switch and fuse. The white, neutral, goes to the other side of the power transformer.
And the green, ground, comes out of the can to go to ground.
You can see I put a ring terminal on the ground lead.
The green arrow points to where the new AC ground lead goes. It's connected to the main chassis ground - worked out perfectly.
There's a connector on the outside of the chassis to ground the whole generator. So the AC ground goes to that point.
There is some rust and corrosion on the handle bracket on the top, and the leather handle is looking a bit sad.
So I cleaned them up with a rust remover and leather cleaner and treatment. I used both of those Passier products on my SAAB 900 convertible's interior and I like them a lot. They're actually intended for horse bridles, but, hey, leather is leather, right?
The Lederbalsam is a cream that you work into the leather. It's nice because you can let it sit as long as you'd like while the leather soaks it up, unlike a liquid which might evaporate.
And it's hard to tell from this picture, but the leather looks much better, and it's now soft and pliable.
You can also see that even though I masked off the cabinet, I still managed to get some of the cleaning stuff on the metal. It came off easily.