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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 / 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 / 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 / Fan belt for gen head
« on: September 28, 2012, 02:05:55 AM »
I think this fan belt would run a gen head on the 8-1. Cooling 812 HP must take a 3 inch belt

Generators / Can't get just one
« on: September 22, 2012, 11:31:51 PM »
I now have something to turn with the 8/1. Like potato chips, you cant stop with just one. Actually the second one will be used on an irrigation project.

General Discussion / Have engine, what now????
« on: August 25, 2012, 05:47:16 PM »
I am looking for something fun to load up the listeroid. I plan to install a gen head, but for now what would be something amusing to build or install. I have seen a paddle wheel type fan used to create a load for steam engines and tractors with the wide flat belt drives. A fan or oilseed press could end up being used for the project. If you have any ideas or photos of big boy toys post them up........

Listeroid Engines / timing marks & ring compressors
« on: August 11, 2012, 07:56:01 PM »
Do the gears on 8/1 kits have timing marks? I made my own with a sharpie and reassembled the gears like they were. If no marks, how do you time the gears?

Also is there an easy way. or even a hard way to install the piston without a proper ring compressor? I am eyeballing a band type oil filter wrench.......

Bio-diesel Fuel / HD footage of our farm
« on: January 07, 2012, 04:32:00 PM »
A few years ago I "played" a farmer on a discovery show about energy. Although we make fuel on our farm, the story was about another project that has used some of our crop.. The show pops up on youtube from time to time. The biodiesel part is about 3/4 of the way through the show. Our part runs from 37:20 to 38;53 and my favorite shot at the end  43:22. If I posted this before, just pretend I didn't.... 


Listeroid Engines / Dieselgman, number question ?
« on: December 13, 2011, 02:20:42 PM »
What do the numbers 6 mean on this engine. I thought this was an 8/1. It make no difference if it is a 1/1 or 20/1, inquiring minds want to know.  I also don't know how to use "a' and "an" with a number. Should have stayed in school. :D

Listeroid Engines / Watts in the box?
« on: August 16, 2011, 02:31:03 AM »
 I hope someday to generate a few watts. I just got a big box from Diesel Electric. Let the fun begin. I have been reading and lurking for a few months. Now I have a reason to become a user, and maybe even a pain. There could be 10,000 questions before the project is completed, if that is possible.  As I tell my friends, this hobby will be cheaper than a bass boat. ;D

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