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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

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

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

Other Slow Speed Diesels / check out the exhaust note on this beauty
« on: January 13, 2019, 06:13:32 AM »

There's a Polar engine a lot like this in an old generating plant in town here, but it just has all the exhausts into a single stack & doesn't sound as good IMHO


Here's one out of the box - check it out

I would guess some poor chap has bought this figuring it'll run his house "of grid" and then gotten disillusioned with the project maybe?

Check out the chain drive!

Someone has spent a chunk of time & money on this at some point - possibly around 1940 for the original build, then later with a stainless tank etc

It seems to have something called an (Admiralty Patented) Dial Slow Motion Quick Wave Changer

The area it comes from is one of NZ's remotest parts and I suspect this may have been a "state of the art" lighting plant and a big step forward from the kerosene lanterns for some family living several days' horseback travel from the nearest civilisation "back in the day"

Maybe the "LEGTROFLATER" Black & Decker bit was 220 VDC - an output of 2.75A - and the Dial Slow Motion thingie made AC?

Possibly more use in our Museum of Transport & Technology than in actual use; but what an interesting slice of history

Possibly a little over-priced

Lister Market Place (things for Sale) / check this dude out
« on: November 18, 2018, 03:38:23 AM »

Second or third time he has listed them.  The first couple of times there were lots of comments like "man, I've got two of these I paid $600 for" and "what say I sell you my three old ones for $5000 each & you give them a coat of paint and sell them for $10,000 . . . " but I guess folks got tired of the sport

No takers yet

Original Lister Cs Engines / Here we are - another "what's it worth"
« on: September 28, 2018, 07:46:08 PM »

Gentleman says it's a good runner and starts first time every time

Check out the starter!

Original Lister Cs Engines / what a thing is worth - chapter two
« on: September 21, 2018, 09:40:27 AM »
This is the CS of which I spoke


Sold for $1500 in the end

Original Lister Cs Engines / Four old CSs sold
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:19:54 PM »
Just a note of potential interest

I always think what someone will pay at auction is the real indicator of value of an item - regardless of red herrings such as the "asking" price of similar items or the seller's aspirations or illusions

So some chap here just sold four old CS in various states at "$1 reserve" actions.

These are the results:






Original Lister Cs Engines / actual value of a 3HP CS
« on: August 05, 2018, 10:53:14 AM »

Will be fascinated to watch this auction - he has maybe four CSs all on a $1 reserve auction

I always think a cash-sale auction is the way to gauge the ACTUAL value of an object as opposed to the percieved value

Will watch with interest

General Discussion / Inverters
« on: July 31, 2018, 08:47:42 AM »

Hi Guys

I know folks on here love to share their experience, and I'm interested in improving my thinking on inverters . . .

Firstly let me say I have been re-reading Starfire's excellent post and subsequent responses.  See link below:


I'm a big KISS fan.  I used to enjoy having cars with points ignitions and carburettors cos I could see how everything worked and diagnose a fault in 5 mins flat - but I have gotten over that particular Ludditery and these days have a couple of $1000 2.2-litre Toyota Camrys as they are the philosophical equivalent and may well outlast me

I'd like to own an inverter like the Camry - tough, simple, good, over-engineered and under-stressed . . .

The gentleman who has been advising me on solar stuff - and whose advice I have found to be good - suggests that the modern combination of inverter & charge controllers are the "way to go"

He is recommending this unit:


But I could just as easily buy whatever I can find that is a super-robust charge-controller and do things like managing charging/voltage myself, and maybe run two or three small inverters

Typically my households use bugger-all current as I tend not to have anything with an electric element apart from an electric blanket and a small toaster.  My norm/current setup is: solar hot water, woodstove, wetback, gas hob, low-output microwave, spring-fed water so no pumps etc etc - a familiar picture I am sure

I am attracted to the Outback inverters

I have a couple of 230V gen heads as works-in-progress and hope to be in a situation where one or other of the two CSs can be either putting 24VDC back into a battery bank and/or generating a few kWs AC if I need to run the small welder or the angle grinder

I'd be interested on thoughts on inverters and on modern complex/sophisticated equipment like the Victron units vs something heavy and simple with a big copper transformer and a steel frame and two big handles kind-of-setup

I have a couple of quiet, (one genuine Honda, one cheap Chinese) 2.4 kW generators with 15-litre tanks that can idle inaudibly all night if need be, plus a big 5kVA genset that can run the fast-acting 3.6kW 60-litre hot-water cylinder as a convenience if the sun isn't shining, the fire hasn't been going and herself wants a shower NOW . . . so no real need for a big-current inverter.  If I had just one unit (instead of a few small ones) it'd be a 1500/2000W job, I would say

I don't reckon I give a rat's about pure sine either.  Everything I own seems to run OK on a dirty square wave with a few corners clipped off and, in my luddite-ish way I figure cos the laptop runs off of a 19.5V (DC I assume) charger thingie, it probably doesn't care if the VAC going into it is a bit dirty?  Since I am blessed to not own a TV I don't care about that either

I might put a search on TradeMe (think ebay/gumtree) for small inverters and get an idea of what sells for what $$

Enough from me - this is turning into a Glort-length rant

I'd appreciate any thoughts

Cheers, Mike

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