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General Discussion / Re: Listers as art
« on: Today at 07:21:48 AM »
Sounds like 'Maintenance but breakdown"  a good policy to make great gross profits and get customers off side. Share holders would love this management.

General Discussion / Re: Listers as art
« on: June 25, 2019, 12:18:25 PM »
Survived our outage today and it went overtime as well so I caught up reading some tractor mags this afternoon while waiting. At leaset we have lpg stove and can boil the billy. Because it was a cool day I only ran our genset for about an hour and shut it down. That got the fridge and the big freezer back down to where iit should be.
It would be nice to meet up at some stage and have a chat and a cuppa. There is a big CD 8hp that needs a new home here too on a home made trolly.
Like you I am blessed with a wife who enjoys this hobby from our tractors, engines and mowers and we take them to Rallies as often as we can. Next one is next month at the Yesteryear Truck Show in Wauchope and we will takes Dees' HRH Sarah Fergusson (TEA20), then it is our Club Rally, the Rusty Iron Rally at Macksville and I am doing my best to have our David Brown Cropmaster painted for that event as a debut for him as a finished project. Also will take Flo the Farm Pumper engine and hse is entered into a record attempt of most stationary engines running at once here in Oz. After that we are looking at the Clarendon Classic near Windsor, Sydney and will take a coupleof mowers to that.

General Discussion / Re: Listers as art
« on: June 24, 2019, 12:51:04 PM »
Oops, I should clarify that I don't plug the house into the generator just the fridge and a bid freezer nothing else. Sorry if it sounded like I wanted to kill myself that way. We have solar on the roof but when the power goes off line it cuts the power from the panels before it gets to the fuse box and back into the grid.
Hi glort when your next in the neighbourhood you would be welcomed to call in if you like. As for old engines and tractors around this district there are a few but they are getting less all the time. Most get taken home and few get past us guys and make it to the scrap yard where they will NOT resell them back to the public. Being part of One Steel now and not privately owned they are not allowed to sell stuff to the public only buy. I wanted some copper wire to make a remagnetiser for rebuilding magnetos but they would not part with it and when you take stuff to them they offer less than peanuts to take it. I am in the blind and curtain industry and get a bit of scrap extruded alluminium and it is not worth my efforts to take it to town so I donate it to a bloke around the corner who supplies me with other bits and pieces as needed plus he will take all my old worthless pvc blinds and he deals with them (don't ask).  :police:

General Discussion / Re: DH4 Manual, Gas unit
« on: June 24, 2019, 12:35:56 PM »
This maybe a long shot for those looking for a manual but try here in Australia. They specialise in many books both manuals and operating manuals.

General Discussion / Re: DH4 Manual, Gas unit
« on: June 23, 2019, 05:18:25 AM »
Interesting that is has been apparently 'de-rated' in the RPM department to drive the mixer. It looks similar to a Lister D with that shape tank.
Is there any carby? Looks like a Lucas RS1 magneto as well and they are good.

General Discussion / Re: Listers as art
« on: June 23, 2019, 05:15:13 AM »
We are having yet another "controlled power outage" again this Tuesday. We get them a lot around here, so much so we have our own genset ready to fire up and plug into the house for powering the fridge and a freezer. At least this time we are not in a heat wave.
The Manning River which is where we are had something like 40 small ship building yards along the main river and it's tributaries like the Lansdowne which is the branch we are on. Obviously they are all gone but there is a major ship builder still in Taree named Steber Craft who specialise in fibre glass boats of all sizes .

Engines / Re: Lister d timing
« on: June 22, 2019, 02:48:43 AM »
Glad you are heading in the right direction. Now throw away that plug and buy a spare for the tool box. I never had to play with one of these but have a couple of Buzacotts waiting to play with and they have a couple of ways to adjust those carbies.
Try to remember that some engines need the choke for a while to warm up especially if they are TVO engine (petrol/kero). As suggested by 'oldgoat' check the air mixture passages. I would take the carby all the way apart and start cleaning up everything so it is squeaky clean. I recently had an issue with a carby off a rare mower that belonged to my Dad and it was not until I got up close and personal with a magnifying glass that I found what I thought was a plug to block a passage was actually a blocked tiny hole that a soaking in paint thinners and a poke with a single strand of 4mm 12v electrical wire finally broke through. So the tiniest amount of crap in the wrong place can give you grief. I also use a pressure pack can of carby cleaner or start ya bastard to blow through the galleries and passageways followed by compressed air from the air blower but at a low pressure of around 30-40psi. I sometimes re-surface the mating surfaces to ensure a good seal and that no air gets sucked in where it doesn't belong. Also check the throttle shaft it seals.

General Discussion / Re: Listers as art
« on: June 21, 2019, 06:48:47 AM »
I like the way you think veggie!

I recently went on a holiday a little bit west of home to Tamworth NSW. I found the most wonderful Power Museum there and as we went through we discovered that they were generating their own power and then had to double the steam generators to keep up with demand and then had to move to a far bigger premise to boost the output again. Amongst all of this we found that Tamworth was the first rural town to have electric street lamps and ended up supplying power to all of northern NSW and parts of QLD and across to the coast. After that it was then all connected to the grid and power was supplied from the southern districts in the Hunter.

Engines / Re: Lister d timing
« on: June 21, 2019, 06:43:52 AM »
Maybe an RS1, I have one of them on one of my engines and they are a reliable magneto once everything is in good working order. Have not had to touch it in years once it had be tuned up with magnetising and a condensor.

General Discussion / Re: Listers as art
« on: June 20, 2019, 05:31:36 AM »
What a little ripper. Odd place to find an engine there must be a good story behind it.

Engines / Re: Lister d timing
« on: June 20, 2019, 05:29:56 AM »
Also see if you can upload a pic of the magneto so we can help identify it for you..
Thank you ajaffa I forgot about the bad earth between the magneto and the frame or engine, that too can be an issue as is paint under the magneto causing the same issue.

Engines / Re: Lister d timing
« on: June 19, 2019, 07:14:35 AM »
Try your new plug first and see what happens.
How can you see your spark? Are you just testing with the HT lead near the engine block or similar?
Plug gap should be around 0.025" and point gap at 0.015". You can reduce the point gap down to 0.012" for a better spark when you have issues with the magneto.
Issues are, a bad coil, weak condensor dirty point gap, bad plug and weak magnets can be a cause of your problem so we need to work out which it is. Even as suggested a bad HT lead.
It is very important that the HT lead is made from a wire core and NEVER a carbon core lead.
Do you have a multi-meter and will it measure ohms?

What make and model magneto do you have? Knowing this will help us to help you.

Engines / Re: Lister d timing
« on: June 18, 2019, 12:43:07 PM »
This is all good information offered to you so far. Start your engine and have some start ya bastard handy. When the engine starts to die give it a squirt and if it picks up you know your spark is good and you have a fuel problem.
Does the engine start easily from cold? If so then your timing is good.
If it seems to be spark this is where it starts to be fun. A leaking coil (spark going to ground) even inside the coil itself and may not be able to be seen in the dark or otherwise as it is under the cap. A bad condensor can cause this as can dirty or wrongly adjusted points. What make and model magneto do you have, this may help in getting you running again. Try another spark plug as well. I always have spare plugs handy to suit my engines as it helps eliminate that issue. There are a couple of options for you if you have a condensor issue and are a simple fix.

Engines / Re: Head Bolt Torque - Changfa 175
« on: June 04, 2019, 06:44:42 AM »
I have many Victa mowers of various models and one was drageed from a drain that floods each time it rains. This mower went under water all the time. Siezed I took it home and soaked the top n bottom ends in auto transmission fuid and accetone. Next day with a small amount of help from a breaker bar it freed up. I chased the mud crabs out of the carby n fuel tank and rebuilt the carby and it started and still does. It is a full crank engine and the carby is one with the grey knob on the outside that actually does alter the hp slightly. IT is one of the 'go to' mowers for slashing down long grass but the favourite is either the Model 1 or 2 which ever is closest. No grass catcher to get blocked up. We have an early 1990 Silver Streak bought from new and now is a Rally mower mower painted in 2pak and bright pink as it belongs to my wife. Any mower that is late model I convert them to being mulchers and the same for the ride on too.

Engines / Re: Head Bolt Torque - Changfa 175
« on: June 03, 2019, 06:53:41 AM »
I too went down the road of improving performance with a high comp head ram air injected by use of a megaphone inlet tube and megaphone exhaust, enlarged ports and inlet with a motor bike carby to fuel it along. Still never broke it.
With B&S buying Victa only to shut down 2 stroke production as not many buyers wanted a 4 stroke never mind a B&S piece of s**t. But GMH went and use Nissan motors in the Holden Commodore to get it to move along but had cooling issues with it, until they realised the problem and then resolved it.

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