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dkmc

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Excited soon-to-be caretaker.....
« on: June 20, 2019, 10:22:41 PM »
Just wanted to express my enthusiasm as a soon-to-be owner of a Ashwamegh 6/1 and a Metro 12/2.
I've been mostly a lurker here for probably 12-14 years and never thought I'd be able to actually own a Listeroid, so very excited about
this. The 6/1 has never been run, and the 12/2 has less than 2 hours of no-load run time.
Totally new to these engines, and will have questions for the forum. Any and all advice eagerly accepted.


Thanks
Dan
« Last Edit: June 20, 2019, 10:30:18 PM by dkmc »

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Re: Excited soon-to-be caretaker.....
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2019, 02:01:51 AM »
Consider them kits, tear them down and go through everything per 38AC's article and you'll be rewarded with a reliable, long lived, smooth and great sounding slow speed engine. 

Don't get caught in fantasy land and assume you got lucky on the Rajkot roulette. 

Also, welcome, and enjoy the rebuilding process! 
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dkmc

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Re: Excited soon-to-be caretaker.....
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2019, 04:00:30 AM »

Thanks Bruce.
Yes, I know there's work to be done before they run. In a way, it will be a fun learning experience to see 'what makes 'em tick'.
And of course, see how big a pile of casting sand I'll have when they're cleaned out..... ;)
Looking forward to experiencing all that I've been reading about all these years.

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2019, 06:19:34 AM »
Well done Dkmc, welcome to the learning curve. Please post some pictures of the work you are doing and what you find. What are you going to couple them to and how?

Please post any questions you have, Bruce is absolutely right about the fantastic information posted by 38ac on the wall of knowledge.

Best of luck and try not to put your back out moving the heavy pieces.

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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2019, 02:22:36 PM »
Thanks Bob,

Both engines are on frames with ST heads mounted. And both heads are of course, single phase.
I'd like to have 3 phase, but they don't seem to be available or at least not popular.
I've found 38ac's post again, and now I will re-read it with greater attention as it applies directly now.
Luckily, I have a forklift to help with the lifting..... ;)

One question I have, is, is there any sort of printed 'general' manual available for these engines?
I don't know if the Indian makers provide manuals or not?  Something with dimension and torque specs perhaps?

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Re: Excited soon-to-be caretaker.....
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2019, 04:57:43 PM »
I can almost feel your excitement.

I'm curious to what you're going to apply all of this power?
NPR Tipper/Dump Truck
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Re: Excited soon-to-be caretaker.....
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2019, 06:16:27 PM »

Hobby mostly, and partial backup for my machine shop.
Which is why I'm interested in a 3ph head.
And frankly, to 'get it out of my system'.  ;)
Perhaps some experimentation and modifications, just for fun.
I'm a lifelong fan of Diesels of all sorts, and at this point, I've never even seen a Listeroid in person.
Hoping that changes soon.

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Re: Excited soon-to-be caretaker.....
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2019, 11:18:43 PM »
Someone posted this before, hope it helps

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Re: Excited soon-to-be caretaker.....
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2019, 11:52:45 PM »
Thanks for posting this, Bob.  My neighbor lost his copy.  There's lots of useful info like valve and IP timing, parts breakdown, etc.

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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2019, 03:40:12 AM »

And frankly, to 'get it out of my system'.  ;)

The most valid and important reason of all!

I'm sure many would say however you never get it out of your system.

I am exactly the same. Always lived in the city where the power was annoyingly reliable and I would be lucky to see a blackout every 10 years that was always due to a storm or an accident.  Still, for some reason I always had this proclivity about generators and being self sufficient.  The fact I had no practical need for a generator was irrelevant, It was an itch that needed to be scratched. And still does.  :0)

Thing is, now I believe there will be practical need so I'm gearing up to meet it.

There is also a lot of fun in owing something like  Lister just as a conversation piece.  My daughter wanted a " Country bush Dance" Theme for her 21St.  Dragged the roid int the middle of the yard and had it putting away  driving a couple of lights and the Kids all loved it.... Much to my and my Daughters surprise.  I used to have " Start the engine" competitions with mates when they came over for BBQ's.

Lot of satisfaction and enjoyment in these things even whey you don't have a practical need or purpose for them.
You don't need one so doesn't matter.

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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2019, 04:11:08 AM »
Bob, thank you very much for posting that manual.

Yes, glort, the power here is pretty reliable as well in Upstate New York.
Some years ago I thought about a Listeroid to ease the demand charges by using it to run some steady loads such as the air compressor and lighting. Then I realized it's not the cost of the actual power that makes the electric bill outrageous, it's all the add-on charges before even one kilowatt is consumed.  So much for beating the power company. But what the heck, I want a Listeroid anyway, for fun.
I'm off on a 6 hour tour tomorrow to retrieve the 6/1.....wish me luck....

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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2019, 06:16:14 AM »
Good luck on your transport trip! 

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« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2019, 07:58:37 AM »
Thank you Sir

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« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2019, 09:10:59 AM »
Hi Dkmc, have a safe trip, looking forward to some photos of what you have got. Drive safely, it is always better to be late in this world than early in the next one, don`t forget what a valuable cargo you have.

Glad the manual was useful, can`t remember where I got it from but it was one of the kind guys on the LEF.

Bob

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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2019, 01:44:53 AM »

Things went well, and it was a long day.

So I approach the shed, and the engine. First time ever seeing a Listeroid in person!  I'm pumped.
And I'm dropping my jaw.......exactly when did these things get 25% LARGER than they look on the internetz??
This thing is freakin massive!

Based on my theory that no cop ever wrote a ticket for 'too many tie-downs on a load', I wove a web of strapping over and around the engine. It was locked down solid. Straps inside the tow vehicle are a lot less effective than if they are in use on the load.