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Other Slow Speed Diesels / Volvo diesel?
« on: April 13, 2008, 04:14:39 AM »
I passed on an opportunity today that I may regret later-  I did some work for a guy, and he told me he could either give me cash, or this old engine he had in his shed.  It was a single cylinder Volvo diesel with about a 20" flywheel on it, I think it was liquid cooled, and he said they used to use them in small boats.  Being pretty broke now I took the money, but would it be worthwhile to get this engine later?  I have a few jobs I do for this guy on the side, and I'll be going back there next weekend-

General Discussion / How'd this guy get approved?
« on: March 23, 2008, 10:41:04 PM »
     VIAGRAforumCIALISlev is listed as the newest member?

Everything else / So what does everybody use for inverters?
« on: December 02, 2007, 08:49:53 PM »
I am looking at an off-grid system for a future house, but I want the convenience of grid power.  My basic plan is generator running a charger to charge a 24 or 36v battery bank, inverter drawing from the batteries to supply a normal 110v ac electrical system in the house.  I'll use propane for stove, water heater, and dryer, and primarily wood heat, so no massive 220v draw.  Just lighting, fridge, computer, etc.  I figure about a 10kw inverter should handle all this, my shop will have it's own 20kw 3phase generator to power the equipment.
Anybody have a setup like this, or experience with this sort of system?

Waste Vegetable Oil / SL-3 on WVO?
« on: December 01, 2007, 10:18:19 PM »
I have an SL-3 I am going through now, hooked to a 7.5kw marine generator.  I know about the carbon issues with these engines, and it most likely will be used to charge a large bank of batteries so it won't be running at partial power very much.  I am also considering turbocharging and hooking it to a larger generator, but that is a ways off.
The idea I am running around with now is to set up a ~250gallon heating oil tank with insulation and a heater, fill it with WVO, and use that to fuel the generator.  I do plan on being many miles off grid, so this will be my primary source of power.
Anybody have long-term experience with this engine on WVO?

Generators / Lima Electric Motor Co 7.5k Brushless
« on: July 21, 2007, 10:57:55 PM »
Does anybody use this particular alternator?  This one has been sitting for a while, anything to watch for with it?  Or is it just wire it up and go?
The bearings seem ok, it turns over very smoothly and dead silent.

Engines / Oiling system mods
« on: July 05, 2007, 08:09:57 AM »
Ok, I know better than to tinker with a working system, but I can't help it.  On the SL3, I know the plunger pump is adequate for thousands of hours of use, but can there be improvements?  I'm thinking something along the lines of an external belt-driven pump, and a full pressure spin-on filter.  Am I nuts, or is this even needed?  I just want my engine to live as long as possible between overhauls. 
Maybe even use an add-on transmission cooler and fan as an oil cooler..........

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