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General Discussion / Micro CoGen forum is down?
« on: April 04, 2010, 09:52:57 PM »
I have been unable to connect to the micro co-gen forum today, since about 4:30 pm eastern time, anyone else having a problem accessing that forum today?

  Scott R.

General Discussion / Getting ready for the storm !!!
« on: February 05, 2010, 07:26:38 PM »
The big snow storm is just reaching nations capital (Washington DC) . the first band of light snow has moved thru & we are preparing for the 28 to 36 inches of snow they have predicted. The wife has stocked up the shelves & I stocked up on the wood pellets. Unfortunately I have been unable to get the 20/2 reassembled in time, cylinders are still at the machine shop having the liners trimmed to deck height. If I had to I could go get them & reassemble it, make a few tweaks to the generator slide & run it as is, but i think i'll just run the screamer if the power goes out. Good luck to all those about to be snowed under.

    Scott R.

General Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving to all
« on: November 25, 2009, 10:58:11 PM »
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!! I realize not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving, being that is more of an American Holiday. It came about after a very hard year in the first sucessfull european colony. Lead by John Carver, the colonists arrived in the new world in early November, 1620 to an early winter. On the way over from Europe they had made the Mayflower Compact, an agreement that all would work together & share equally in the fruits of thier labors.  Whatever they made or built would belong to all. if they built a building or grew a crop, all would have an equal share in it. That first winter did not go well & many, including the wife of the colonies 2nd govenor William Bradford, died. Many died from starvation, some from exposure, but about half survived. govenor Carver died in the spring of 1621. Seeing that the previous months had not gone well, the new govenor Bradford decided to change things, he assigned plots of land to each family & allowed them to keep the fruits of thier labors, to do with as they wished.  Over the next year the colony prospered with the help of the local Wampanoag indians who taught the colonists to fish for Cod, plant corn & hunt for the local game. That fall they had a great feast to celebrate & thank the indians & God for thier success. that feast has carried on & become known as Thanksgiving.
      Scott R.

General Discussion / "strange characters"
« on: November 23, 2009, 12:24:08 AM »
Maybe it's just me but I have been noticing some strange characters appearing in some posts. in particular in the post by John F13 "beginning of the end" in the bottom 1/3 of the page, the names of the people show a couple of strange characters, a capital A with ~ above it. the copywrite symbol, a circle with a c inside. & one I can't describe or replicate on my keyboard. anyone else seeing this stuff or is it just me?

Listeroid Engines / Disassembly of my 20/2 Omega
« on: June 30, 2009, 02:54:15 AM »
Finally have a little time to work on the 20/2 so i started the disassembly. Started by using a set of number stamps to mark the cyclinder head & block with the corresponding number stamped on the connecting rods, the cylinder closest to the cam gear is marked 00 & farthest is marked 11. I removed head 00 & the first thing I noticed was dimpling in the copper foil of the head gasket from dirt debris stuck to the bottom of the head.

The gaskets are stamped with the VICTOR name, at least the gaskets are made by a good manufacturer.
The top of the piston has a thin coating of greasy carbon built up on it, the exhaust valve has made an impression in the carbon on top of the piston even though it is vary thin, it appears the exhaust valve on this cylinder is adjusted too tight. After wiping the carbon away, I can see small dimples in the top of the piston where something has been caught between the valve & piston crown. I took a picture but you can't see the dimpling so I see no reason to post it here.
  Measured the cylinder liner protrusion immedeately after removing the head, it measured .012 at four points, inline with & across the centerline of the crankshaft. I will check it again after removing the liner o-rings & reinserting the liner. The liner itself has almost no crosshatch pattern inside it, most likely the rings would never have seated.
  The small cooling passages on the pushrod side of the cylinder block are nearly filled with casting slag

Found a nickle sized chunk of casting sand in the cooling inlet passage , better there than in the crankcase.

Cylinder 11 was nearly identical except there was no dimpling in the top of the piston, there was however a piece of string from a rag wrapped around one of the cylinder studs. it even had casting sand in the cooling inlet port.  cylinder liner protrusion  was .015 on this liner.
Both of the con rod bearings show wiping  & the piston ring gaps are all lined up down one side of the piston. not good for compression.

It looks like the crankpins will polish up nicely.
the inside of the crankcase has a coating of fine grit covering everything, not to mention a piece of waxed string, a thread from a plastic "burlap" bag & a couple of small metal flakes. all in all the case looks pretty good , no voids or pockets of sand, & it came very clean with a washing of purple stuff de-greaser.
 the Idler gear seems to be a mess, it wobbles back & forth on the idler bolt, not sure what the issue is with it yet as I havent taken it apart yet.
 more tomorrow if I have time.
Scott R.

Straight Vegetable Oil / High quality German seed presses
« on: May 06, 2009, 01:59:50 AM »
Here's a link to some very nice looking german made seed presses, no pricing is available on the site. the problem I see with them is they are 400 Volts & 50 Hz.

  Scott R.

General Discussion / Have we been infected by Conficker?
« on: April 10, 2009, 02:37:59 AM »
The site is acting very strangely tonight sometimes the Icons next to the topic ares are not showing up, the section at the top of the page in white is blank except for the words "lister engine forum"  & the box below the words "simple machines forum" though the box is there, it is emply, the lever Icons to the left of the topic catagories are just the box with an "x" in it like when I improperly post a picture in a post, so what's going on? are we infected with the new Confocker work? Should I quit accessing the site for fear of damaging my computer ? does any one have any ideas/suggestions?  Thanks,
                                                                                     Scott R.

General Discussion / Trouble Accessing the Forum?
« on: April 01, 2009, 04:38:40 PM »
I've been having trouble accessing the forum on several occasions over the last two weeks, most recently from the evening of march 30th to this morning april 1st (bad april fools joke) & twice before this, though i can't remember exactlly what days it was. I would get a message basically that the computer was not able to connect to the site. tried with several search engines with the same results.  any one else had a similar problem?

    Scott R.

General Discussion / Great Show About Nickola Tesla
« on: March 14, 2009, 11:47:02 PM »
The history channel has a great show about Nickola Tesla whom without, life as we know it would not be possible. Probably one of the greatest & wierdest people to have ever lived. It started at 7:00 pm eastern time, but they usually re-run programs 4 hours later on history.


General Discussion / Posting an image
« on: March 08, 2009, 08:38:13 PM »
Last year Stan was nice enough to go thru the steps to display an image from coppermine to a post here on the forum, well since we now have the new & improved picture hosting site, lister engine gallery, I have found those steps no longer work (at least for me), so could someone who is a little more computer literate than I post the steps that are required to get an image into a post. I'm sure those like me who are "digtally challenged" would appreciate it.

 Thanks   SR.

Everything else / Frequency meter
« on: March 08, 2009, 08:14:19 PM »

 Does anyone know how to or what else I may need to install one of these, It is a frequency meter from a consolidated diesel electric generator. most likely a military surplus unit since it is marked for 50 & 60 Hz. I got a few really cheap when I started this project. One of them has a sticker on the back with 200 ma written on it. the teminals are labled + & - only. if the image did not come thru (i have never been able to post an image, obviously i'm doing something wrong) they can be seen at my lister engine gallery page,  Scott Rutherford, they are labled, "lister generator accesories 001 & 002 "
    Thanks, SR.

Everything else / New engine controller
« on: March 07, 2009, 03:29:05 AM »
I picked up this engine controller on E-Bay today for $33.00 including shipping.

Hope it works out as my 20/2 gen set controller.
   Scott R.

General Discussion / 50 w synthetic transmission oil
« on: December 28, 2008, 01:53:43 PM »
Here's the latest from "old style listers" .
 "we are no longer fitting engines with oil pumps due to the new roller bearing design within the engines crankcase"
 "only use synthetic 50 weight transmission oil in all 2009 engines"
            wad du ya thank bout dat ?

        scott r.

General Discussion / to all our friends in mumbai
« on: December 07, 2008, 01:24:11 AM »
I would like to express my heart felt sorrows, to the people of India & especially the people of Mumbai, because of the recent terror attacks. Evil seems to permeate the world now days taking its terrible vengance on the innocent & the helpless. Criminals of this kind are among the worst among us. Those of us who live in countries & cities that have been attacked share in an experiance most cannot understand or comprehend. The toll on children can be enormous as the fear of these events lingers in thier memories. Talk to them, reasure them, hold them close & let them know you love them. And remember the good people of the world stand with you.

              Scott R.

General Discussion / lister on a network news cast
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:41:29 PM »
saw this on the CNN.COM home page as "cell phones woo india". it shows a few seconds of a lister/listeroid with what look like SOM flywheels being started¬† 8) . not sure if the link will work as i have never cut & pasted anything,¬† :-[¬ 
much less a video link.
 so here it is good luck to us. scott
 huh, didn't light up like most links do :( im sure you guys can cut & paste it. scott.

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