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Changfa Engines / Re: New Watercooled Diesel Toys
« on: July 20, 2019, 11:47:59 AM »
Yes there are other starters of a similar nature, I can't remember much about it but I worked on a Deutz engine that was designed to be air portable, without any electrics, and drive an experimental pontoon / bridging set.

It looked like a starter motor and fitted in the same location, you wound it up in the same manner. but with a 1/2" drive ratchet, as I remember, and then let in go, I think it engaged with a bendix. The bosses son over wound one and it exploded like a hand grenade.

Bob, I've spent most of my life without knowing what I was trying to achieve, good, innit!

Cheers
Stef

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Everything else / Re: ESD 5500E engine speed controller unit
« on: July 17, 2019, 07:24:54 AM »
I don't know what my mate did for the rev counter, but the pick up is from a hall effect switch with four magnets mounted on the camshaft retaining collar. The whole thing then is hidden safely under the cover.
a very tidy set up

Cheers
Stef

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Petteroids / Re: PETTER - PAZ1 - New project
« on: July 17, 2019, 07:10:28 AM »
Another nice one, next you'll be opening a museum!

Cheers
Stef

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Changfa Engines / Re: New Watercooled Diesel Toys
« on: June 30, 2019, 07:55:18 AM »
Can anyone work out why I procrastinate and get myself in a tizz? 

I'll give it some thought,

Cheers
Stef

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General Discussion / Re: Listers as art
« on: June 21, 2019, 07:09:24 AM »
Hi All

The Lister is only a decoration, in a fantastic old building,

https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/scotland/inverclyde/the-james-watt-greenock

It was the main post office and has been turned into a pub by Weatherspoons.

The Lister may well have come off a ship, either refitted or broken up here. This was one of the biggest shipbuilding areas in the world, now there's only one yard left.

https://outlet.historicimages.com/products/rse90549

Cheers
Stef


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General Discussion / Re: Listers as art
« on: June 19, 2019, 03:23:23 PM »
Oops
Lost a photo somewhere

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General Discussion / Listers as art
« on: June 19, 2019, 03:21:35 PM »
Hi all,
As I've said elsewhere I'm involved in a hoverbarge project and this has dragged me off to Scotland

Anyway I found this in a bar, The James Watt, in Greenock

Cheers
Stef

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Original Lister Cs Engines / Re: CS head - worth bothering with?
« on: June 16, 2019, 09:48:22 AM »
Same as that, Mike!

I can do miles, furlongs, chains, yards, feet and inches, Kilometres and meters, centimetres and millimetres, Short, long tons and metric tonnes, gallons US and imperial but my Land Rover has to do miles per gallon, litres to the hundred kilometres I just can't envisage, go figure......

Cheers
Stef

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Original Lister Cs Engines / Re: CS head - worth bothering with?
« on: June 16, 2019, 07:55:59 AM »
You don't need a calculator, Mike, just remember 40 thou is near enough a millimetre and do the rest in your head, that'll be close enough for a Lister on a sheep station......

Cheers
Stef

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Original Lister Cs Engines / Re: CS head - worth bothering with?
« on: June 15, 2019, 09:12:57 AM »
Same as the other post, for the injector!

If you are importing parts from Aus, why not go straight to Rajkot? I've found that I can place an order with Devprecision on a Sunday night, have it confirmed Monday morning, pay with Paypal - nicely protected - and the Fedex truck rolls down the drive, Friday lunchtime, prices are reasonable, compared to the uk, even taking postage into account.

I had a problem with an injector pump and after a bit of a moan on here, followed by me sending a link it was all sorted free of charge, no I don't have any other connections with the Sub Continent!!

When I built my 'bitza' I had terrible trouble with balancing, eventually I came to the conclusion that as it was a 3/1 bottom end, with the larger barrel and piston, the flywheels were weighted differently. I had an alloy 8/1 piston and rings sent out from Devprecision, it was a near perfect fit, and the engine is now as smooth as, at 650 rpm. Just a word to the wise for when you are putting the big pile of bits back together......

Cheers
Stef


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For what it's worth I'd spend an hour or two tinkering with the old one, if it looks half decent give it a go maybe on your good engine, nothing to loose but an evening with some diesel under the fingernails....

Then if it works sort out the injector the same way and you know you what you have when you rebuild the$100 baby!

You may not get full power but you'll prove the system

Complicated, they ain't!

Cheers
Stef

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Nice story, Mike.

And good know that there's others like us out there somewhere.

We are not alone................

Cheers
Stef

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General Discussion / Re: Welding on clean DC
« on: June 10, 2019, 11:44:48 AM »
Nice trolley!

And an interesting thread, too

Cheers
Stef

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Everything else / Re: I've only gone and done it!
« on: May 30, 2019, 05:16:12 PM »
Glort
I'm still thinking along the lines of a Pelton wheel or similar driving a 23v truck alternator into a couple of 150 AH deep cycle batteries, with a 6000w inverter to bring it up to 220v, that's a very similar system to the one on my old Dutch barge.

Charge control is all handled by the alternator. The batteries should carry the overload of the microwave, starting of the 'fridge compressor, hair dryer ect. and if they don't I'll add another pair.

Probably cost less than 500 euros, plus the 200m of pipe, and a separate shed to house it all.

Bob,
You're right about the weather here, any time after the end of September it can go from +25c to -5c overnight, I decided I wouldn't buy the place until all the permissions have been granted, the last step should be just a formality, the big one was the French equivalent of 'English Heritage' who won't let you do anything to change the look of the landscape, even tho' it's a bloody great barn that drastically altered the scene nearly 300 years back - go figure!

As for the local artisans, they are mostly overpriced idle twats who see the English as a cash cow with no idea of value and a desire to hang around for months 'til they deign to turn up. For the larger earth works there's a good local guy,the best roofer around here is from Texas, and the handiest jobbing chippie is a British female design technology (what kids in the UK get instead of metalwork and woodwork, these days) who lives 200m below the barn - she's on her fourth staircase now, not fast, but very reasonable rates and fantastic quality - she's forty something and pretty, too!

I mentioned on another thread that I'm off to Scotland for the final build and trials of a hoverbarge for the north Caspian oilfield, well that's the day after tomorrow, by the time I get back it'll ready to kick it all into gear, then it's out to Kazakhstan for winter trials, so rather than do it all myself over a couple of years, I'll get the people I trust to knock it out for me whilst I earn the bucks offshore, which will give me more quality time with the interesting bits.

Thanks to everyone else for the encouraging words, I'll post more once something starts happening......

Cheers
Stef


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Engines / Re: Lister with a wobble
« on: May 30, 2019, 08:07:28 AM »
Once you've got it stripped, check the crankshaft. You don't need anything special to do a fast and dirty check.

A couple of axle stands will do, if you can tack weld a two pieces of 2"angle iron to them, to act as vee blocks, so much the better. If all you have is some 4" x 2" timber(2" x 4" lumber for the cousins!) a wooden cradle will do for a one off.

Support the outside ends of the crankshaft then rotate it and watch the inside ends of the shaft, it should all run concentrically. a stiff wire in a block of wood will easily show 0.020" (20") - 0.5mm to the naked eye.

Search the forum, 'cos somewhere there's a post from 38ac - Butch - on straightening crankshafts with a bottle jack and the lintel of the barn door, failing that you'll need professional help.

Check the bearing surfaces for roundness, a cheap vernier from Ebay will get you close. The OD should be the same at all points.

Easy, a couple of hours work on a sunny evening!

Cheers
Stef




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