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Generators / Anderson O'Brien Power Pack
« on: August 15, 2011, 12:00:54 AM »
Found an old abandoned military surplus Anderson O'Brien Power Pack diesel generator in the wood this weekend.  Model number is PU221/U, and total time on unit is 79.4 hours, 18.75 KVA 3 phase.  Did not get a chance to see if it would still turn over, but noted that someone left the fuel cap off and fuel door open, also some of the gauges are broken, but otherwise looks complete.  Cannot find any info on this unit on the net.  Anyone ever seen one before?

Listeroid Engines / Am I really done ????
« on: July 28, 2011, 11:03:13 PM »
Last week I finally got around to installing my transfer panel and finishing a few things on the genset.  I started the roid, let it come up to temp and turned on everything inside that is bussed to my transfer panel.  The engine had no problem carrying the load and to be honest I was supprized.  I had 20 CFL lights, 2 6 foot flourescent tubes, 4 incandescent bulbs, two ceiling fans, a 52" flat screen with cable box, a 32" flat screen with cable box and a side by side fridge going all at the same time.  The wife was impressed and she has since stopped giving me a hard time about buying the is good!

Generators / Suggestions on which transfer switch to buy.
« on: May 29, 2010, 08:03:35 PM »
Now that my Listeroid is fully operational and I managed to get it home from the hangar, I am looking for suggestions on which transfer switch to buy.

What do you think about this one?

Thanks, Mike.

Other Slow Speed Diesels / Small Yanmars at Surplus Center
« on: September 08, 2009, 01:40:36 AM »
Surplus center has 177 pretty cool little two cylinder Yanmars that are very similar to the CAT's that everone bought like hot cakes.
These Yanmars don't have alternators or fans installed, but they do come with mufflers.  Get em while they last!  I wish I had some extra cash....

Straight Vegetable Oil / Jatropha/lister power plant video
« on: June 16, 2009, 03:03:43 PM »
Check out this ten minute video that shows a village in India with a listeroid power plant.  :D

Listeroid Engines / Cylinder liner protrusion
« on: May 27, 2009, 02:43:13 AM »
Tried looking in the manual but could not find the dimension for how far the liner should protrude past the top of the deck surface of the cylinder block.  Measured mine today and it is .018.  This seems excessive, I looked at the old (maybe 30 min run time) copper head gasket and it has a large ridge/depression where the liner smashed the crap out of it when the head was torqued.  After a few more coats of British Racing Green I will be just about ready for reassembly, and this is one of the last things to look at/fix before it all goes together.  So what is it supposed to be?  Thanks, Mike.

Listeroid Engines / Anyone have a spare offset idler bolt?
« on: May 17, 2009, 12:29:12 AM »
Please help!  Dave is out of stock of his offset idler bolts and 2" hollow dippers.  He does not know when the next production run will start because he only has one or two orders right now.  My engine has so much play in the cam gears that I am reluctant to even run the  engine after all the work I have put into it so far.  If anyone has a spare offset bolt or 2" dipper I would like to purchase it ASAP.  Thanks, Mike H.

General Discussion / Web filter at work sucks!
« on: May 13, 2009, 01:57:50 AM »
The web filter at work continues to block out more and more web sites each week.  A few weeks ago the filter started blocking any sites that are "uncatigorized"....and now I cant get on the forum at lunch >:(  Is there any way that the moderator could fix this for those of us that are being watched by the man?  Sure would be great!
Thanks.  Mike H.

Listeroid Engines / Got my new engine!
« on: April 23, 2009, 03:51:32 PM »
I picked up my new Powerline 6/1 electric start engine Monday.  I just about killed my neighbors poor little trailer getting it to my hangar, but it made it unscratched ;D  Finally finished uncrating it and cleaning it up yesterday, overall I am very pleased with the apparent quality.  The engine has several nice features such as a massive cast iron valve cover, a good quality fuel tank with nice fuel lines and of course that big electric starter hanging off of the side of the case!  I added approximately one gallon of diesel to the tank, bled the fuel filter and hand cranked it untill I heard the injector squeak a couple of times.  I continued to spin it and released the compression release and the engine popped of immediately! I only ran it for about 15 seconds because I did not have any water in the cooling system.  When it ran the engine ran it hopped around a bit, but I guess this is to be expected as it is actually sitting on two pallets and the pallets flex quite a bit.  I will try to get it off of the palet in the next few days and run iot again to check the balance, I think it will be OK because when I shut the rack and engaged the compression relief the engine would spool down smoothly.  I also tried the electric start and it is definately the cat's ass! Using the electric start the engine would light off immediately with the twist of the key!  I highly recommend the electric start if anyone is looking to buy an engine, it is a small price to pay for the utility that the starter provides.   :D

Listeroid Engines / Finally ordered my engine!
« on: April 14, 2009, 01:31:04 AM »
 I finally got tired of looking and ordered a Powerline 6/1 electric start listeroid from CMD today! I talked with Phil, and he seems like a great guy. He talked me out of buying a complete parts kit for my engine and said that he would replace any defective/worn parts when I do my teardown inspection. I cant wait to get started ;D

Listeroid Engines / Spares, or no spares? That is the question!
« on: April 10, 2009, 09:15:55 PM »
If you were about to place an order for a new 6/1 from CMD, would you also buy the spare parts "kit"?  The kit is a little pricey; but it has just about everything you could possibly need, and alot of stuff that you probably will never have to use.  If it were purchased with the engine you would surely save on shipping, as the kit would require truck freight if ordered by itself.  What would you do???
Thanks, Mike. :-\

Listeroid Engines / EPA rules on importing a listeroid
« on: February 18, 2009, 05:05:53 PM »
Got out of work yesterday and converted some avgas into noise for the first time in a while 8).  I was cleared to land #2 behind my hangar neighbor who just got back last year from living in India.  When we shut down I went over and started talking to him about listers and the possibility of importing some.  A few months ago we discussed the posibility of getting some shipped but we were under the impression you could only import parts but not whole engines.  After doing some reading I found this was not the case and assembled engines can still be imported.  Now the question is how does one do this legally?  I would appreciate any information that anyone has to share.  I am not wanting to start a business importing and sellling engines, but since I live in a port city it may be cost effective to get a few shipped direct from India. 

Mike H.

Listeroid Engines / Slobbering=not enough temp or not enough load?
« on: February 14, 2009, 02:32:49 PM »
I have been reading everything I can about exhaust slobbering and I still cant come to a definate conclusion.  Most people say you will get slobbering if you are not running enough load, the same people rarely mention operating temp.  My thought is that if the operating temp is correct the even if you are only lightly loaded you will have complete combustion and slobbering should not happen.  I also realize that under a high load the cylinder pressure will be much higher and the rings will seat better, but ring seating should have nothing to with slobbering and everything to do with oil consumption and blow-by.  Alot of stuff that I have read has base ring seating and engine load as thier reasoning for the exhaust slobber. So if I were to run a theromostat and get the engine temp right but run a small load do you thing I will get the dreaded slobber? 

Listeroid Engines / New guy!
« on: February 14, 2009, 02:22:33 PM »
Hello all, I have been researching listeroids for about a year and a half and I think I am about to pull the trigger.  My plan is to get a 12-1 and set it up in my attached garage for standby use. In a few years when I build my new house I will build the beast it's own building as I have plenty of land to do it on there, but for now I am living in the burbs. The reason that I am looking at a 12-1 is that I want to be able to run the whole house and the A/C (5 ton that draws around 19 amps when its running).  I think I can do it with 6.5 to 7Kw if I load shed the water heater. Does this sound reasonable or is this being too optimistic?  I am an aircraft mechanic among other things and I think I have the mechanical ability to do a tear down on a new listeroid and get it right before I put it in service, so that will be the plan. I have many questions and am thrilled to have a place to talk to people who have been there and done it already, and look forward to learning from all of you!

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