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General Discussion / Lister FR4 powered dragline moving under own power.
« on: January 03, 2021, 04:37:59 AM »
Enjoy the sound!

Not mine, found this while surfing the interwebs and thought you might enjoy seeing one running a piece of machinery....

Part 2

Absolute nothing has happened with this little FR2 project so I think it's time to move it along to someone who can do something with this.

Lister FR2 and steel stand. was set up as a generator before the scrap vultures made off with several bits. (between the first time I saw it and when I managed to get it)

Original thread here:

Engine is free with good looking bores, no piston rings on the pistons. One valve spring was weak and was slapping in the head. This rounded the valve and valve seat.
I freed up the compression change over valves. Missing valve cover and ??box (under the valve cover) missing variable governor, and copper fuel return lines and oil lines. Exhaust manifold was broken in the process of the salvage operation.
I have the rag joint and matching end for a generator head. (just no head)

I'd love to get a $1,000,000.00 for it but I think I'll be trying to sell it for an awful long time. Open to offers/ value suggestions.

Can get pictures upon request.

westcoasterz (at) g mail {dot} com

General Discussion / mystery cylinder (pressure gas cylinder)
« on: November 18, 2012, 05:16:06 AM »
Quote from: westcoaster;3146913
What is it? or more specifically what kind of product would it have contained?
looks like a high pressure gas bottle. Bung on top is solid with no ability for the high pressure gas to escape. Only letters I could find was "Dalmine" stamped in the bottle near the top.
When full, someone would have to unscrew the top, open to atmosphere, screw it on to whatever appliance it was used on then pressurize it...

To make acetylene one needs to mix water with calcium carbonate.... Hmmmm it does have some sort of black substance in it....

I picked this thing up at a mine site that never really got off the ground.

Since the pic was taken I have wire wheeled it and found no other markings. I did start a thread on another unrelated forum where it was sugested this was a Tenaris Dalmine cylinder. That may be true and all but it still doesn't get me any closer to knowing what it contained and why such a high pressure (looking) bottle would have a solid bung on top. Every cylinder in the pile was the same. Some cylinders were shaped a little different in that they may not have been as capable of as high a pressure as this example but they all had the solid bung that had to be unscrewed before getting to the contents.

The bottle:

the dump:

Generators / Giddy Giddy GoooOOOooo....
« on: October 02, 2010, 03:30:23 AM »
Think this would work as a backup power supply for the house??

MMmmmmmMMmmmmm...... POWER!!!!

Lister Based Generators / So now what????
« on: September 26, 2010, 04:33:14 AM »
Ok, ok, ok.....

I went back and picked up the FR2 from the Ashlu mine. Some time between last year and this a scrap guy got ahold of the thing and pulled the copper and aluminum off it.
Missing the valve cover, variable governor and oil return lines.

The engine is stuck but there is a little "play" in the flywheel. I would guess bearing slop.

Before pictures:

After pictures loaded in the back of my truck. engine is sitting nose down on the flywheel. Not the best position to be in but was the most secure for transport...

Anyone have some FR2 parts for sale?

Generators / So, I found this little generator in the bush...
« on: February 24, 2010, 06:28:23 AM »
Just an itsy bitsy one...

I tried to convince my wife to help me load it up in the back of the pickup but she would have nothing to do with it.

Muttering all the while about no back yard and hostile neighbours. I have no idea what she is talking about! Just a little something for backup in case the power goes out??

First a pic of my backyard (had to dig to find one)

All I need to do is convince my wife this thing will fit nicely in my back yard....
Cylinder heads...

Fairbanks morse light plant that was driving a mine in the Kootenays.... Figured I would post pics for giggles.

Similar one that actually runs... I just love the startup!

Everything else / Looks like a pair of listers to me....
« on: August 17, 2009, 05:29:48 AM »

Ah! The many uses of a stationary engine....

Engines / How to stuck engine?
« on: July 11, 2009, 04:56:07 AM »
Alright, so how does one go about freeing up a "stuck" engine (rust in the bore)

Specially on a motor that one can't get spares for anymore....

Engines / Tachometer solution...?
« on: July 06, 2009, 03:48:36 AM »
I saw this on a VW diesel forum on how to connect a gas tach to a diesel engine.

There are two separate "solutions" in this thread. One involves tapping the "W" wire on the belt driven alternator. Right, I can hear the groan's from here.

The other solution involves welding two nuts 180* apart on a rotating surface, Then running down to the Ford parts department and buying a tranny sensor for a mid 90's tranny and using a gas engine tachometer....

Obviously it is the second redneck solution that is of interest to me (suzuki samurai engine swap) It may be of use to this crowd as well.

Lister Based Generators / Is it worth the drive back? (FR2)
« on: July 04, 2009, 04:52:06 AM »
Went for a drive on Wednesday and stumbled across this thing sitting out in the bush. I am surprised no one has holed the block with a high powered rifle yet. (The area is littered with spent shot gun shells and everything else has been shot up)

Engine is stuck solid. I tried to bar it over with a four foot bar. Someone had flipped the covers off exposing the valves (I placed the covers back on for the pic) scavangers had been after it for the copper but left the gen head alone (5Kw) I figure this stuff has been sitting for 25 years or so.

How much effort to free up the engine? all the levers seem to move what they need to move. It doesn't appear as if the valves are stuck. Spare parts?

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