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Lots of little Kubota/Isuzu/Yanmar two or three-cylinder liquid-cooled engines available over here -  I guess it would be the same in OZ?

Many I think are ex aircon plants out of buses, or small tractor engines.  There is a small industry importing them from Japan

This is an example - 12 HP, $800

Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: Atlas Diesel
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:51:06 AM »
what a great sound!

General Discussion / Re: Lister D Banjo Bolt Size(s)
« on: March 07, 2019, 10:46:23 PM »
FWIW I have bought Banjo & Doughty fittings from the hydraulic guys recently - Hydraulink, Dewtec, etc.  Cheers

Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: Southern Cross ETB diesel engine
« on: March 07, 2019, 10:44:53 PM »
Looks good Bob.  Re those "unsealed" bearings.  Do you reckon they'll be OK metal-to-metal if you have flushed them out until some of the splash feed dribbles down to them?  Just a thought.  Will be interested to see it running.  Thanks for the photos & updates.  Cheers, Mike

Lister Based Generators / ST2 Start-O-Matic
« on: February 15, 2019, 06:43:08 AM »
Still in use in the remote parts of NZ, just working quietly away & earning its living

I didn't realise there were SOM units into the later models of engines - although it makes sense of course

Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: Southern Cross ETB diesel engine
« on: February 13, 2019, 01:29:38 AM »
Perhaps Rob at OldTimer Engines could help with a suitable pump?

Great-looking installation, Bob

Our engines have been attached to belt-driven pumps & mounted on a sort of pallet about 2 metres in width

Because of the rubber mounting, vibration is concentrated in the motor and the standard controller, which sits atop a 40X40 pedestal, rattles around so much the it'll begin to fall to pieces in a few days (poor design).  We just sink a post into the ground nearby & mount it on that - problem solved

Apart from the occasional fuel solenoid or engine oil pressure sender failure - they have been boringly reliable

And, because they go out on farm, they are obviously designed to run for years without an oil change or servicing of any kind too . . .   I guess when the oil low-level circuit throws up its hands in despair, whoever gets called out to fix it, gives it a "birthday" and on it goes . . .

Hey Bob we have these engines - or some newer equivalent that looks pretty similar - as stand-alone units driving water pumps in remote locations.  They are bloody loud and they seem to vibrate a lot to my eye.  What's it like outside the shed with the door closed?  Cheers, Mike

Changfa Engines / Re: jiang dong R108d flange/pulley
« on: February 09, 2019, 08:31:20 AM »
No big deal to make a countershaft with a couple of cheap Y-bearings and attach whatever pulleys you need with taper-lock type centres maybe

Lister Based Generators / Re: Start-o-matic
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:00:21 AM »
Check out this one then

The optimist/dreamer/greedy farmer wants $4K for it

It has sat in a paddock a lot - but has the appearance of having done almost no work

he bought it in 1992 and is sure it was "new" then and that it was imported as "New Old Stock" from Argentina of all places.  it has the "Lister Dursley England" stuff but the little serial # plate is missing.

Sadly the case is full of water and there's no compression with the exhaust valve stuck open (the valve lifter was jammed "on") and the rack & linkages are seized.  When I turned up he was spraying INOX on the linkages and cranking it to see if it would go . . . .

He says he isn't inclined to take $500 for it

Then there's this bloke:

He wants $3200 for this unit & I predict he will be wanting it for some time yet . . .

So there you go

Lister Based Generators / Start-o-matic
« on: February 04, 2019, 05:59:37 PM »

I put a bid in on this - who knows?  Might be something in the boxes that is of use to someone as well

Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: Identify this Bamford?
« on: February 02, 2019, 06:04:06 PM »
Looks really good Cam - a great bit of work!

General Discussion / the last of the Good Old Girls
« on: January 29, 2019, 05:58:53 PM »
Nothing to do with Lister engines except that I like ‘em for the same reasons people like their Listers:  they’re tough & built to last; plus they’re simple & easy to work on; and their reliability has been proven over and over . . . .

I’m speaking, of course, of the last of the Old School “Toyota Tough” Toyota Camrys.  This is the SXV20 station-wagon model made from 1998 – 2002, with the tough-as-nails 2.2-litre engine, the manual gearbox that no-one has ever seen the inside of and the sort of load-space that a six-footer can sleep in with a bit of headroom left

I have owned probably a dozen of these over the last decade – my kids have stolen three or four off me as they have needed cars – it’ll be grandkids doing that shortly . . .

The two I have at home have 330,000 and 340,000 Ks on the clock and still seem to rumble along OK

They are Japanese-designed cars built in Australia to compete with the dinosaur Ford Falcons & Holden Commodores – so they’re more-or-less full-sized wagons.  Australians have used them as taxis for years and some have done to-the-moon-and-back mileages

I regularly do a 900-K round trip on weekends and keep an eye on the fuel consumption just out of interest.  Unlike the Falcons & Commodores, they are frugal – scampering along at a steady 110 km/h just harvesting the low-speed torque of the engine and with the old girl loaded up with gear they will regularly return 6.1 litres per 100 Kms – that’s 45 MPG in the old money

I have been looking for one to replace mine as they get old and come to the end of their working lives.  I talked to my friend who is a service manager at Toyota and she said I would be better served by continuing to own these old girls rather than buying a new Avensis wagon or the like (I need a wagon, and regularly carry big loads & tow a trailer with it)

I found one the other day – a 2002 wagon (the non-ABS model as I like the simplicity) owned by some old gent who has recently retired from driving after having put just 70,000 Ks on it in 16 years.  He even kept the factory servicing up to date until 50,000 Ks.  It drives like a new one, really.  Everything works perfectly.  The spare tyre is one of the original five new tyres it came with.
 Even the electric retractable antenna still goes up and down – I haven’t seen one with that working for years

It’s kinda the Toyota equivalent of a “barn find”

You know – it might outlast me

Listeroid Engines / Re: Good price?
« on: January 24, 2019, 08:14:14 AM »

There might be a few Young Fella's like Tanman that end up with massive toy collections because there might only be a handful of blokes like them interested in the stuff.

That may happen. At my last sales job in Minneapolis one of my coworkers (almost everyone there was under 30) payed me $40 to do a seafoam treatment on his jeep, then paid me $100 to install some shocks (really simple just a bolt or two on each end) I couldn't believe it. When I first brought up seafoam they thought I was talking about an app for their phone. The world is changing and I seem to have been born in the wrong generation.

Tanman did that seafoam do any good?  I had a 2002 Corolla for a while with oil-control rings varnished/glazed up & it was an awful oil-burner although otherwise a good, tough, reliable Corolla.  I often thought that seafoam might loosen shit on them a bit

My daughter had it for a year or so and I used to keep an eye on the oil for her.  But one day she noticed it was a bit low and tipped in a whole five-litre pack of 15-40.  There was (apparently) a LOT of smoke & steam but she persevered with driving it until it melted, really

One way to fix it, I guess

Listeroid Engines / Re: Skip (miss)
« on: January 22, 2019, 06:21:42 AM »
"Dowty" washers I think they are called?  I have them on a couple of banjo fittings here

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