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Lister Market Place (things for Sale) / Selling a Lister 12-2
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:58:04 PM »

Original Lister Cs Engines / Re: Container shipping out of England
« on: October 22, 2011, 05:51:11 PM »
We are investigating dropping and offloading the container in Houston (near the port)... a difficult unload will not be too welcome there, and neither is the concept of welding onto a container we do not own. The idea of bolting to the floor is excellent and workable if the container owner doesn't mind. I have hauled gensets this way before with bolts down to the floor - very stable.


I would suspect that any "damage" to the container would incur additional (and after the fact) charges. In my (limited) experience, every party involved in these international shipments are looking for ways to charge more than the quoted price, caveat emptor. Additionally, if the engines are going to be transferred to US freight companies for shipment to their final destinations, they really need to be on pallets, as they may be transferred from truck to warehouse to truck along the way, as well as for stability purposes while in transit. Metal pallets would be best, if there is any wood that does not pass the import "smell" test, the entire shipment can be refused and returned to the UK...


General Discussion / Re: Offline for next 4 days
« on: January 18, 2010, 02:02:31 AM »
It seems the USDA has been lying to everybody and grains and soybeans were harvested at miniscule levels last year and it seems this year is going to be worse.

In fact just this past week USDA announced they had under-reported 300 million bushels of corn for 2009. There is no shortage, just the traders trying to make buisness.

General Discussion / Re: Do you want this? I am gonna throw it out.
« on: October 24, 2009, 06:35:24 PM »
Does anyone know if you can add gasoline fuel conditioner to old gasoline to make it "fresh" again?

The conditioners like Sta-bil will prevent new gas from going stale as quickly, but I doubt anything will make old gas "fresh" again.

Original Lister Cs Engines / Re: Original Lister fabricated SOM base ?
« on: October 06, 2009, 01:53:55 AM »
You guy's may or may not be aware that SOM bases were originally cast iron but later were fabricated from carbon steel plate.

I wonder if it is a simple as mfg date? I have a very late model 8/1 SOM (circa 1970), and it has a cast iron base.

General Discussion / Re: Government health care
« on: August 17, 2009, 03:49:16 AM »
Politicians call it the multiplier effect.  Retailers call it turns.  I call it spins. ...

Sounds like trickle down economics at work to me...

General Discussion / Re: Government health care
« on: August 14, 2009, 03:57:10 AM »
What I do know is this - the insurance industry is the richest in the world.


Last year it was the oil industry, next year it will be some other. These big bad industries employee lots of people, make up a large part of the economy, and when they profit, so do I and many millions of others, since they also are a large part of the larger part of most folks 401Ks and other savings vehicles, at least those among us that are "lucky" enough to have any savings anymore (how a social liberal can twist the fact that I am frugal therefore have savings into "luck" is beyond me!). So, the fed drives them out of buisness, industry by industry, for one reason or another, our individual wealth slowly disapated by this attrition, deliberate inflation, and the inevitable additional taxation, and soon we will ALL be serfs again. The pigs do indead wear clothes!

General Discussion / Re: GM bankrupcy !!!
« on: June 01, 2009, 11:10:17 PM »
Just heard the news here in the UK of GM filing for bankrupcy ! That is truly shocking ! Out of all the bad news during this global financial crisis that has had more impact with me than anything else. I'm aware that they were in BIG trouble and this was almost expected but to actually hear of the one time biggest auto manufacturer in the world collapsing into a worker / government coop is epic !!

Whats the mood over there guys ?

Biggest auto maker in the world? At one time they were the biggest company on the planet.
Total assets last year were 91 trillion US$

Don't be fooled by the dead cat bounce, the economy has a long way to go yet.

Hmmm, 91 billion maybe.

Listeroid Engines / Re: OLD STYLE LISTER ENGINES
« on: March 29, 2009, 04:21:06 AM »
Just reading OSL's policy on refunds would make the prudent buyer look elsewhere.

Original Lister Cs Engines / Re: Really, really nice Lister CD!
« on: March 18, 2009, 09:46:49 PM »

I'm sure you have better knowledge than I.

Negative, every time I start to think that way, life comes along and reminds me how little I actually do know, humble pie and all that. I might have a bit of advantage on this particular topic though, as I have a (Witte) CD, and even when I turned it on end, it did not quite look like a Lister :) They are all lovely engines, painted and shiny, or rusted and grimy!


Original Lister Cs Engines / Re: Really, really nice Lister CD!
« on: March 18, 2009, 03:21:14 PM »

I'm really amazed how much the Witte CD is like the Lister.

Perhaps you are thinking of the Witte AD, the Witte CD is a horizontal.


General Discussion / Re: Worst recession Ever
« on: March 18, 2009, 02:29:52 AM »
Milton Friedman on greed... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWsx1X8PV_A

30 years ago, and the problems (and solutions) have not changed, nor will they in future, because the constant is human nature, and the natural variation of human abilities; those that have/can will always dominate those that have not/can not.

Listeroid Engines / Re: Air in fuel
« on: March 13, 2009, 06:23:02 PM »

You are not going to gravity feed through any decent filter (unless it is the size of your basement) and supply enough fuel for this engine; there must be a suction from the pump to draw it through. Fix the possible sources of air leaking into the system where it is under vacuum, ie between the filter and the pump. As some others have mentioned, worm drive clamps are notoriously bad for vacuum side applications.

Lister Based Generators / Re: recommend a good book on generators
« on: March 09, 2009, 09:42:28 PM »
These do come up on ebay (UK) ocassionally, 1 or 2 per month, in the $15 to $30 range. Have that friendly seller of your engine sit on it for a while, while you wait for one to come up, and then have it shipped to him to include with your engine.

Lister Based Generators / Re: My new engine room!
« on: February 23, 2009, 04:04:51 PM »

I have a Royal shed, it is very nice, but they are really quite expensive compared to build it youself. I needed the "take it apart and move it" ability of the Royal, which was the main reason I went in that direction. If this is going to stay in one place, the Royal is probably a bit much.


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