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That is a VERY good price for that engine. !

Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: Southern Cross ETB diesel engine
« Last post by ajaffa1 on February 13, 2019, 11:38:01 AM »
Hi Glort. when I bought my Lister CS, the farmer also had a YBT. I chose the Lister because it turned over, while the other was seized. Parts for Lister engines are readily available,.New parts for old Southern Cross engines would have to be manufactured at huge cost. That said, you only have to look at the work being done by 38ac to see what can be achieved by a determined and skilled individual.

When it gets dark here I can see the entire Milky Way in the sky, No wonder that earlier people worshiped the heavens and learned to use them to navigate the globe.

Gen heads in Australia at a sensible price are about as common as rocking horse sh1t. A sensible fellow with a few bucks could make a small fortune importing them and supplying parts and expertise. If I was a young man I would be doing exactly that.  I would set up a web site offering generator heads and adapter plates. pulley wheels, vee belts and etc. I doubt you would get rich but I think you could make a very good living.


As soon as I get the thing, If I get it, I'll make sure your place is the first port of call. And I'll tell her that YOU talked me into it.  :laugh:

I don't know. I just got rid of one of these heavy lumps as a non runner. I have plenty of engines, I really need gen heads to couple them up to.

I was working on a couple of genny setups today. You are right, they are a lot of work even as something one likes doing.  Sometimes simple basic things take a lot of time just getting the right bits and pieces. All looks simple when it's done but doing it.... another story.

Going to go to the metal place tomorrow to see if they have any Cira  55MM round bar.  That should be cheap.  ::) I want to insert that into the std pulley on my horozontal and then get someone to turn it down to 1" and 3/4 like the last failed shaft.  Hoping I can get it turned  so I can freeze the shaft, heat the pulley and make it a shrink fit.

The Big Induction motor I'm still thinking about making a frame for that. I'd like to do it in wood and get some long bolts to go tight though to hold the engine own.  Probably have to do the same with the motor.  question is, How thick does the wood need to be? I have bowed some pretty substantial pieces in teh past and 4x2" isn't going to cut it. Engine is 170 Kg, engine will be about 70. Think I'll have to mount it all on 10" car wheels.

One of the China diesels I want to put a couple of car alts on. Wondering if I can get away with a micro belt in a V pulley or I'll have to try and find V belt pulleys for the alts?  Then I'll have to make up a mounting frame work for that.

I feel for you with the health issues. I'm not so hot atm myself. Just physicaly buggered all the time and going out and moving these lumps about even with the floor crane I made is still an effort.
Hi Guys, I`m very glad I did this setup before my car accident and subsequent heart attack. I couldn`t begin to tackle a restoration like this now. My recommendation to anyone thinking of doing anything like this is: "do it now, tomorrow may be too late!"

Hi Glort, always difficult to find a compromise between maintaining a happy wife and satisfying your own proclivities, good luck with the drive.

Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: Southern Cross ETB diesel engine
« Last post by glort on February 13, 2019, 08:20:05 AM »

Always wanted one of these most Aussie of engines. What could be more Dinky Di than something called " Southern Cross"?
For those that don't know, that's our most prominent constellations of stars Visible here and features in much of our poetry and cultural history.  It is also the constellation that is featured on our flag.  There is another constellation which is similar called the false Cross because that's what it is. Real Aussies aren't fooled and know the difference and how and where to find the Southern Cross in the night sky. 

Where I am here at certain times of the year I'm right under it which is pretty special.  most times, it is in the south.

I would like a YTB model which is 10 Hp I believe but any of these is a real find no doubt.

From what I have read of the things, they were a local attempt at knocking off the Lister market and a lot of things were done the same and similar on them.
I wonder if the yanmar type Pumps are the same?  Yamnar were doing engines at that time and the modern versions as well as the China Knockoffs work by shimming the pumps as well. Just a simple plunger design. If you could find a pic of an original southern cross pump and put it up would be easy to compare. The china pumps are easy to get and cheap.

I got an idea there are some other engines these were pretty interchangeable with as well. Might have been Moffit Virtues.

In my opinion this would be a very sound investment for anyone with the time and skills. It would happily drive a 7.5 KVA generator or a large water pump. A lot more economical and long lasting that a petrol generator, for not much more money.

Now you are tempting me!

Mrs does want to go to Brisvegas next month come to think of it......
I don't know what would make her give me the hardest time.... the fact I bought another engine or the fact we had to drive all the way up there in the ute to get it.

Given I'd be in the car with her 24 hours when she could complain about both..... Hmmm.....
Very classy, working setup, Bob. Beautiful restoration work.
Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: Southern Cross ETB diesel engine
« Last post by ajaffa1 on February 13, 2019, 02:56:11 AM »
Thanks Mike, I`ve been looking at a few Youtube videos and it would appear that the injector pump timing must be adjusted with shims as there is no access to the plunger or cam that drives it. Interestingly the fuel injector is side mounted in the head.

I`ll flick an email to Rob once I get the engine here.

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