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Original Lister Cs Engines / Over size piston rings?
« on: January 10, 2020, 06:17:12 PM »
  I'm wondering if I should bore the cylinder of an 8/1 that I am overhauling  and if so how much?  Are oversize rings available??  Any info would be greatly appreciated.  --- Thanks

Things I want to Buy / -Start-0-Matic Items
« on: May 16, 2019, 11:31:31 PM »
Hi, Folks-
  I have recently acquired two Start-O-Matic Lister engines (8/1 @ 850RPM).  These are engines only.  I am looking for Bases, Generators, Controls, etc. ---- anything associated with the Start-O-Matic system.  I know that I can set them up as regular Lister 6/1's or 8/1's, but I would really like to restore them as original Start-O-Matics!  Any help would be appreciated.   Thanks!

For Sale is my recently completed Lister TS2 generator project.  The engine has been gone through with cylinders honed, new rings, new gaskets, new filters, etc., etc.  The generator end bearing has been replaced.  The generator control box has been re-wired and filter capacitors replaced.  The generator is a LeRoy Somer 8KW Brushless Alternator -- 120/240 VAC @ 1800 RPM.  The unit was the power source for a "Light Tower" -- used in night time road construction.  The unit looks and runs like new! It has been run and load tested for several hours since overhaul.  Price is $2950.  I am located in Hernando, FL. -- About 20 miles SW of Ocala, FL.

  I have completed the Power Solutions Listeroid project that I started and it is now for sale.  It is a 12KW ST type generator head powered by a Power Solutions (JKSON by George Utter) 20/2 2 cylinder Listeroid.  The engine and generator are new (2007) with only "Break-in" time -- about 10 hours or so.  The engine was originally rated 20 HP at 1000 RPM, but I have slowed it down to 720 RPM for quieter operation, longevity, and reduced fuel consumption.  As such, the unit now puts out around 8 KW or so.  The mounting frame has "Double" shock mounts.  It has electric starting using a starter/generator.  All components -i.e., starter/generator, filters, belts, idler, electrical components, etc., etc. - are brand new.  It has a 55 gallon drum for the convective cooling system.  Unit comes with lots of spares (filters, gaskets, etc., etc.).  It has been test run with a 5 KW load for several hours ---- no problems.  I will demonstrate the unit to buyer upon pick up.  If not fully satisfied, all monies will be returned.  ----  $4995. 
  I am located in Hernando, Florida ---- about 20 miles SW of Ocala.

Listeroid Engines / NEW Listeroid --another issue! - oil dipstick
« on: April 06, 2018, 06:49:52 PM »
 This one has me dumbfounded!  The dipstick - when inserted - will go in front of - or behind the delivery pipe on the left side of the oil manifold.  The threaded end of the dipstick will thread into the crankcase, either way  - but only with some difficulty.  The dipstick is in a bind, either way.  The dipstick is pressing hard against the delivery pipe - doesn't matter if its in front or behind.  Ideally, it wants to go right through the center of the delivery pipe! I wonder how many hours before the dipstick wore through the pipe?  -- or how many hours before the pipe wore through the dipstick -- which would then be devoured by the crank and rods???  I mean- who engineers this stuff???!!  Anyhow, I have enclosed some pics of the mess.  For now, I'm going to plug the hole with a bolt and insert the dipstick periodically to check the oil level.  Suggestions,  anyone?? ---- Charlie

Addendum:  I just found an example of a Power Line twin that had a piece of straight wire hanging from the backside of the unit on a piece of chain.  Upon closer examination, I noticed that the engine had the same dipstick arrangement as mine and that the owner had come up with the same solution that I proposed ---- so I guess that others have had the same issue!

Listeroid Engines / NEW Listeroid issue
« on: April 05, 2018, 11:01:19 PM »
  Here's an issue that just cropped up today with my NEW Listeroid project.
  When I first got the unit, I noticed that it had blown some very oily soot out of one of the exhaust mufflers.  After I got it running and the pumps balanced, the problem more or less went away.  The oil level was just barely touching the dipstick. I removed the back crankcase cover to check things out (in order to verify the crankshaft throws while I was going through the balancing process) and I discovered that the oil "splash paddles" were turned 90 degrees from where they should be (in other words, sort of "knife edge" to the direction of rotation).  I turned them 90 degrees to achieve maximum "splash".  I added a couple of quarts or so to bring it up to the second mark on the stick - which I assumed was the "full" mark.  After putting the cover on, I fired it up and noticed that the cylinder that had the oily muffler earlier began to smoke (white smoke).  It rapidly got worse and began to "run away".  I shut off the fuel and it was still trying to run.  I decompressed it and it stopped.  Soooo, it looks like the oil level is too high (dipstick obviously miss-marked) and/or too much "splash" going on.  It is trying to run on the lube oil getting by the rings ---  blowing some oil droplets out of that one muffler.  When the oil level was lower and the "splash paddles" were turned in a "knife edge" direction, there was no problem - (well -- just a teeny trace of light smoke from the one cylinder).
  So my thoughts are that I have too much oil in the crankcase, at the moment, and also maybe too much splash (or both).  the one cylinder that smokes slightly may have to "break in" some more (remember, this is a new unit ---- I doubt if it has more than a couple of hours or so on it). 
  I plan on reducing the oil level back to where it was and turning the "splash paddles back to their original position and checking it out again.  Meanwhile --- any suggestions??

Listeroid Engines / NEW Listeroid update
« on: April 04, 2018, 03:19:23 PM »
Hi, Guys-
  Well, I've been pretty busy with the listeroid project.  I had to track down and fix several "Gremlins" -- leaky banjo fittings at the pumps, purge fuel system, replace (with lighter) and reset governor spring, experiment with several muffler configurations (finally settled on standard Lister type mufflers), balance fuel pumps, adjust linkage (several times), etc, etc.  Spent many hours getting the flywheels balanced properly.  Finally got it right when I realized that the crank throws (on a two cylinder engine) are opposite and therefore balance weights must be opposite (Duh!).  It runs pretty smoothly, now -- just a little more tweaking.  The starter/generator driving one flywheel works great - and, in my opinion,  is the easiest and cheapest way to crank one of these beasts.  I've used this system twice, now, and it works great!  I'm waiting on a new idler/tensioner assembly to come in so I can belt up the generator head.  When I get that done and make a few more adjustments,  I'll post pics of the finished product. ------ Cheers,

Lister Market Place (things for Sale) / 8 Ribbed Drive Pulley
« on: March 20, 2018, 04:48:32 PM »
 --   No Longer For Sale ---
 I have a large 8 ribbed QD bushed Pulley for sale --- with a bushing.  It is in excellent condition - hardly used at all.  It is 11 inches in diameter (suitable for a 1000 RPM engine with 20 inch flywheels).  Will sell quite reasonably. I have several different bushing sizes.  Call me at (352)201-4473 or e-mail me at: .

Listeroid Engines / Pulley
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:14:18 PM »
Hello, all-
  My NEW Listeroid project is moving right along.  I seem to have run into a stumbling block, however, in my search for a pulley.  I need a 7 to 8 inch diameter 8 rib split taper pulley ( or something close -- 1 1/2" generator shaft).  If anyone has something close to this or can point me towards a source, I would really appreciate it!  Thanks! -- Charlie

Listeroid Engines / NEW Listeroid
« on: March 08, 2018, 11:03:05 PM »
HI, folks-
  I just acquired a new - and I do mean NEW - Listeroid project.  It's a Power Solutions 2/20 with a 12 KW ST type generator head.  The engine has never been in service.   In fact, it has never been hooked to a cooling system!  It came with two large boxes of spares - rings, valves, gaskets, hoses, pipes, etc.  It's mounted on a steel frame with rubber shock mounts -- well done.  I don't have a clue as to who made the 'Power Solutions' brand.  I would appreciate any and all info on this unit.  Pictures will follow, shortly.  The unit is rated at 20 HP @ 1000 RPM.  I don't plan on running it at that speed, though.  I'm going to test run it a bit and find it's "Sweet Spot" - hopefully around 6-700-- RPM and then change out the generator pulley accordingly.  Should be able to pull somewhere between 7 to 9 KW off of it with no problem. 
  --- OK, I've added PICS.  I'm going to do a golf cart starter/generator like I did on my 10/1 Lovson.  It's simple and it works great!  I'll have to downsize the bushed pulley on the generator when I slow down the engine (to somewhere around 650 RPM).  If anybody can give me any info as to availability of bushed pulleys, I'd appreciate it -- They're sort of hard to find!
  OH!  - And it does look like the unit came from George at Utterpower somewhere around 2007-8.  Thanks, 38ac!

Things I want to Buy / Generator head for a Lister SR2
« on: January 20, 2018, 03:19:49 AM »
I'm looking for a generator head for a Lister SR2.  I want the "bolt on" variety -- 8 bolt bell housing type.  5-8 KW.  ---Thanks

Lister Based Generators / Best Generator head for a Lister SR2
« on: January 20, 2018, 01:09:55 AM »
   I posted this on another thread, as well as this one.
   I will be acquiring a Lister SR2 project, soon and was looking for some advice as to the best generator head to bolt up to it.  Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated! I'll need a 5-7.5 KW bolt on head -- not a belt driven one.--- Thanks,

Original Lister Cs Engines / Best Generator for a Lister SR2?
« on: January 19, 2018, 03:19:26 PM »
I will be acquiring a Lister SR2 project, soon and was looking for some advice as to the best generator head to bolt up to it.  Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated!  Thanks,

Listeroid Engines / 10/1 Lovson From Radiator to Tank Cooling
« on: October 09, 2017, 07:29:28 PM »
  I have completed my conversion from Radiator to Tank Cooling - as discussed in another thread (things for sale).  I'm posting the results here because I think I'll get more feedback from folks!
  I removed all of the radiator stuff and installed a 55 gallon drum with a 195 degree thermostat and a valve in the lower hose to control 'gulping' and a temp gauge with sensor in a bronze tee about 3 inches out from the upper flange.  Things seem to be working fine, so far.  I did about a two hour test run today (no load) and played with the 'anti-gulping' valve - searching for the 'sweet spot'.  I think I'm pretty close -- but of course things will change when I put a load on it.  Right now, the temp gauge slowly goes up to 205 for a moment after the thermostat opens, then drifts down to 195 for a couple of minutes then slowly goes down to 160.  The temp stays there for 2 or 3 minutes, then slowly goes back up to 205 - starting the cycle all over again.  I can control the amount and timing of the temperature swing by playing with the valve.  Still experimenting - but I'm happy with things, so far.  I'm going to check actual cylinder head temp swings with an infra-red temp gauge (as soon as I get one).
  After a two hour run (no load), only the water above the upper hose got hot - about 120 degrees or so.  The lower two thirds of the drum was still cool but getting warmer ever so slowly. -- That'll change with a load, though.
  I'll report back after I've had a chance to thoroughly test things with a load after 5 or 6 hours or so.

Listeroid Engines / Listeroid Thermostat
« on: September 24, 2017, 04:00:44 PM »
  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm converting my Lovson 10/1 from a radiator cooled system back to a Tank/ thermo-siphon system.  I removed the 195 degree thermostat earlier and now want to re-install it -- but Murphy reigns supreme in my shop and, for the life of me, I can no longer find it!!  My question is: Can I go down to the parts store and buy a regular type thermostat?  Will it fit? - or do I need a genuine Lister (listeroid) part?  Any advice will be appreciated!

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