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General Discussion / Re: Got green paint?
« on: July 11, 2015, 01:19:25 AM »
1000 lbs. per hour. I think it will take 40 to 50 hp.

General Discussion / Got green paint?
« on: July 10, 2015, 02:15:21 PM »
Hello again. I have not spent a lot of time on this forum for a while. The DES engine project is not moving very fast. but I do plan to get moving again. No, really.

Now about that green paint. A neighbor bought two large oilseed crushing presses from India. Sadly he passes away before he got them set up and running. His wife had called a number of times asking if we would like to buy the presses. I was a little concerned about the usual problems with machines from that part of the world. Just did not want to spend good money on an unknown machine. I also did not want to insult a friend will a low-ball offer. As time passed it was indicated that any offer would be considered.

So we went and looked at the equipment. The presses were BIG, very BIG. And they had that pale green paint, and generous amounts of casting sand flaking off in the gear boxes. How could I not love that. We made an offer of about 1/4 of what they sold for and I think they might follow us home soon. We should get an overhead crane in the shop before we start taking them apart. I see a lot of heavy lifting in the future. And if you need any casting sand I should have a bunch any day now if you don't mind digging it out of a gearbox.



Listeroid Engines / Re: Barrel cooling system?
« on: December 24, 2013, 03:24:45 AM »
Great Idea. This is why I like forums so much.

Listeroid Engines / Re: Barrel cooling system?
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:01:50 AM »
Thanks for the all the thoughts.

No I have not machined or purchased a pulley.

 I just remembered I have a repaired radiator that came out of a skid loader. That is what I should use if I want to make a somewhat portable unit.

Now another question. Are you making or buying the thermostat housings? A friend showed me one that I could copy, but it looks very heavy to be hanging on the shaking flange.
Is it possible to machine out the stock flange and slap a thermostat in the recess? 

I just built a frame/skid to mount an engine, pump an oil tank to run a wood splitter. My 84 year old dad wanted electric start on the splitter. Now I just need to super size the frame and mount the roid.

Listeroid Engines / Barrel cooling system?
« on: December 22, 2013, 04:27:54 AM »
The old barrel and thermo siphon cooling set up just seem like a simple and easy to install system. Are any of you using this system? And if so, do you have a thermostat in the loop? I plan to use the engine to run a generator for emergency power and just for fun sometimes. I plan to mount the engine to a heavy skid that could be moved with a tractor, so a barrel could be a little bulky. Also how many gallons of water would it take to get the job done for an 8/1?     

General Discussion / Re: Oh, the shame!
« on: August 23, 2013, 03:08:19 AM »
I feel your pain. I have a roid project that needs to get done and a screamer that keeps the lights on when needed. The screamer ran 24 hrs per day for 5 or 6 days last year at 1 gal of gasoline per hour. Do the math.

Listeroid Engines / Re: Fuel line
« on: February 03, 2013, 02:45:22 AM »
There was a nasty leak from the water jacket cover under the fuel filter. Some cast iron was broken where the gasket seated. I welded and ground the surface flat and it still leaked. Water was still leaking out where the useless set screw thingy is, so I welded shut the hole in the cover, removed the set screw. I think the cast had some pores where the set screw threads were cut.

I have a generator to install soon. Then I will have a working toy when the power is out for days on end like it was this summer.   

Listeroid Engines / Re: Fuel line
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:05:29 PM »
I had to do some major bending of the fuel line on the 8/1 to make it work. Sometime it could get the "fuel hose" treatment.

Listeroid Engines / Re: Block Stud
« on: January 20, 2013, 01:06:36 AM »
One valve stem cap was missing on the 8/1 I have. There is a good chance I lost it. Although i am NOT a machinist, the replacement one I turned looks serviceable.


General Discussion / Re: Type K pulley cutting tool?
« on: January 09, 2013, 01:33:08 AM »
Thanks for the advise.

I thought a type K belt was an automotive belt.

I could have a neighbor with over 50 years of tools and experience make a pulley, or sneak into my nephews shop and use his big old honking lathe and break some of this tools. I am not a machinist at all, but I can make metal shavings and sometimes actual parts. 

I still want a shiny pointy cutting thingy to cut the grooves. I just need to find someone to sell me one.   

General Discussion / Re: Type K pulley cutting tool?
« on: January 07, 2013, 07:04:07 PM »
I am sitting here with a part number, but can't seem to find a retailer. That simple mind of mine could be the problem.  ;D

General Discussion / Type K pulley cutting tool?
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:28:34 PM »
Where can a simple minded farmer that does not speak "machine tool" buy a type K insert to cut the grooves in a pulley?  I would like to buy something on the new world wide web thingy if possible.

Listeroid Engines / Cold Start
« on: December 08, 2012, 06:06:23 PM »
The 8-1 has not been put to work. But I like to start it up just to hear it run every now and then. I often get visitors to see the our little biodiesel set up. It is great fun to fire up the 8-1 on B100 just to show an engine can run on 100% biodiesel.   

It has started on B100 with the temperature around 40F after nights in the upper 20s.  Time will tell how low we can go. So far I have been impressed how easy it starts.

How cold have you hand started your CS without any heat applied, or other help?

Listeroid Engines / Re: Timing your camshaft the easy way
« on: October 03, 2012, 05:55:59 PM »
A fear I have is now that everyone can listen to me drawl along in the video I can no longer fool people into thinking I am smart. 

Yes I know the fear of sounding like a hay seed. I got a little air time on a TV show. Lucky for me another person in the segment was from the south, so I fit right in.

The segment starts around the 33 minute mark on the clip, and my small part starts at 37:24. My favorite shot (the drive over) is at the very end.

Listeroid Engines / Re: Timing your camshaft the easy way
« on: October 02, 2012, 01:26:36 PM »
Great video. Thanks for taking the time. A video is worth 2000 words.......

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