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Engines / crankcase
« on: January 09, 2021, 02:03:02 PM »
hello, dose anyone know if the crankcase of the lister CS 5/1 can fit the CS 8/1 because I have a broken 8/1 crankcase. I have had the offer of a 5/1 but I need to know if it will fit before I go and have a look at it.

thanks in advance


Original Lister Cs Engines / cracked piston
« on: March 30, 2020, 03:31:26 PM »
I have been having bad luck!
renewed the cylinder and piston Because the old piston gudgon pin broke and went threw the side of the cylinder.
I have set the bump to 0.095thu thinking there was to much firing compression. also checked the injection timing to what i thought was 20 Deg zig zag mark using the spill method using a short tube so I could see when the fuel stopped flowing. It turns out that there are two marks on the flywheel one mark 20 Deg but mostly been ground away, and the second mark 26 Deg that was the one I had been using!! Because I am running on WVO it was set even a Little further advanced.

I wonder If this is the cause of my second Piston only lasting for a week! before it cracked blowing out oil and fumes threw the breather.

Any Ideas Please

Straight Vegetable Oil / injector
« on: March 28, 2020, 02:34:41 PM »
Has anyone increased the pop pressure of the injector on a Lister cs 8/1 running on WVO or is this not a good idea?


Original Lister Cs Engines / injector pump
« on: February 13, 2020, 10:35:36 PM »
Is this a good way to set the pump timing? ( see the youtube video) It looks very good to me.
how far advanced do you recommend for running a Lister cs 8/1 on straight veg oil?



Original Lister Cs Engines / oil seal Lister CS8-1
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:47:30 PM »
can anyone tell me if it is possible to renew the two oil seals on a Lister CS8-1. one located above the oil pump (on the engine) and the other below the injector pump, without having to remove the flywheel and the housing over the governor.
is the oil seal pressed in from the out side or the inside of the housing.



Original Lister Cs Engines / startomatic
« on: January 24, 2019, 06:38:12 PM »
my startomatic has stopped working it has been starting and stopping when a load is switched on or off.
now it will not auto switch on. the only way that I can get power from the old Lister CS8/1 is to hold up the exhaust lifter put the switch on the control panel to manual and push the start button if you get what I mean.
I think that it may be a capacitor 50uf 350v DC
has anyone had this happen to you?
I will try to put on photos!

Original Lister Cs Engines / injector pump
« on: January 20, 2019, 05:16:48 PM »
I have been running my Lister CS 8/1 on cooking oil for about 850 hours without any problems until yesterday it stopped I striped it down to do a DE-coke when I went to start it today the injector pump rack was stiff. I mean that the Governor cant open and close the rack on its own. I think that was why it stopped but didn't see it at the time.

I have tried to get oil into the rack didn't help.

is this a easy fix? do I have to take the Pump apart?

Any ideas?

thanks in advance.


Original Lister Cs Engines / engine oil
« on: October 20, 2018, 02:37:16 PM »
what would be the best type of engine oil to use in an original Lister CS 8/1?
I am using straight 30 at the moment. I am just looking for expert advice.

1.  straight 30 or
2.  a multi grade and fit a oil filter.
in the Lister book it recommend oil change every 500 hours which is not a long time!


General Discussion / feed in tariff
« on: October 20, 2018, 11:22:36 AM »
Is there anyone in the UK that is getting feed in tariff for using WVO or know if its available?
just an idea for someone!


General Discussion / heat exchanger
« on: October 17, 2018, 06:21:25 PM »
dose anyone know if this heat exchenger has been used on the exhaust on a Lister CS to heat water?
or if it can work?
OR is there sump-thing better?
please have a look on Ebay.

 160mm Exhaust Gas Heat Exchanger Flue Gas Heat Exchanger AWT-7/160-VA


Original Lister Cs Engines / engine knock
« on: October 13, 2018, 11:51:31 PM »
help please,
I have a sharp loud knock in me Lister CS 8/1 SOM engine I have renewed the piston and pin + bush at top end, valves and seals also the big end, tested the new big end with plastic gauge 2.5 thu. I am at a loss to what the knock is. I had my hand in and felt the Governor is it rite that one of the weights should have play on it and the other one is tight up against the spring. there is a little back lash on the cogs.

has anyone had this problem?

Generators / 4.5kva output
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:59:42 PM »
what is the safe kw out put for a 4.5kva 230volt bkb generator on a Lister CS8/1 could I pull 4.2kw without doing damage? the power is being used into storage heaters and a immersion water heater on motors are used.

what would you say the maximim amps for the 4.5kva alternator as not to overload it?

Original Lister Cs Engines / engine date
« on: October 06, 2018, 07:51:08 AM »
can anyone date this engine it is a Lister CS 8/1 Start o matic the plate number is 179081  19

Thanks in advance

Original Lister Cs Engines / Big end
« on: October 03, 2018, 11:48:29 PM »
I am having to renew the Big end shells on my Lister CS 8/1 because of a knock I put a length of thin soft solder all the way round the crankpin nipped up tight this measured 7 thousand all the way round this would be 14 thousand of slap! wouldn't it?
The worn crankpin measures 2.496850 at one side and 2.496063 at the other. it doesn't seem to be oval.
Do you think that this size would be permissible?

Original Lister Cs Engines / electric meter
« on: September 23, 2018, 06:11:46 PM »
hi can anyone help. I have a Lister start-o-matic I installed a old type electric meter ( the type with the rotateng round disk) to keep track of how many units the were produced and used by punting electric into a storage heater

the problem is that when the meter is connected the auto start fires up the generator even if there no load switched on.

what type of digital meter is suitable I need sump-thing that will record and keep the total units used for years even when there is on power being used.

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