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Generators / Anyone got any details on these units?
« on: December 03, 2011, 09:03:45 AM »
I found this little unit for sale some distance away from me here, and have thought about picking it up if I can get it for the right price.

All they have told me so far is that it is a Fairbanks Morse generator of some sorts. I have asked for more details, but they have to get back to me still. However I'd like to show it to you guys here to see if you can tell me what it is.








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Listeroid Engines / Re: Tips for installing a glow plug
« on: October 13, 2011, 01:53:27 AM »
Ahhhh yes the VW TDI :) I have a 2003 Jetta TDI that is my 124mi daily driver, nice little bugger I like it a lot! I was thinking the same about VW glow plugs also :) (I have a few from when I replaced them a few months back)

Fun little buggers aren't they? :D Near 400 000Km on mine with 2x stock power.  :o

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Listeroid Engines / Re: Tips for installing a glow plug
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:32:43 AM »
You can buy the little push on connectors that'll fit the glow plug at NAPA. You could also use a die and put threads on the glow plug. :) Think outside the box.  :D

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Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: Small slow speed diesels
« on: October 11, 2011, 04:48:09 AM »
A Changfa engine would work nice too. What's the smallest they make em?

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Listeroid Engines / Re: Tips for installing a glow plug
« on: October 11, 2011, 04:20:36 AM »
Mick;
My air preheater looks just like figure 2 in your picture. It's make by Iskra in Slovenia.
It's got 7/8"-14 threaded boss and 12 volts rated with a large 3/8" wide spade connentor.
it's the standard air preheater used in Perkins diesel engine powered Ferguson tractors from the 1970's.
After I blew the nose case off my starter motor (Chevy V8 starter and flexplate on the crankshaft, next to a big Listeroid flywheel)
I removed one of the COV plugs. i want to drill it thru and tap it on the3 lathe, for a glow plug. I've read that VW TDI glow plugs are successfully used in this application, but there are more than one type, so which one is it? Anyone here know? Or is there a better glow plug? What does CMD's COV w/ glow plug use?

You want to get glow plugs from either a '98-'03 New Beetle TDI or '99.5-'03 Jetta/Golf TDI. Both have the ALH TDI engine. Earlier engines had shorter plugs, and the later ones used a ceramic core that has been known to break. (They were later recalled and replaced with steel core plugs)

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Listeroid Engines / Re: Whooopppeeee - Clones have arrived
« on: October 10, 2011, 07:05:11 PM »
I just used plenty of teflon pipe thread tape and installed standard NPT threaded hose barbs in my 6/1 Powerline engine.  The fittings tightened up OK and still do not leak.

I did the same thing. No issues for 2+ years.

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Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: Small slow speed diesels
« on: October 10, 2011, 06:50:21 PM »
All valid points.I have considered slowing down the 6/1, but am concerned about oiling not being sufficient.

A modern air cooled high speed diesel would be nice with the electric start and such, but would be far too noisy for my tastes.

Now a 3/1 would fit the bill nicely. Does anyone know if there are copies made in India? Or is there only the original Listers to be had?

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Other Slow Speed Diesels / Small slow speed diesels
« on: October 10, 2011, 08:14:58 AM »
Heya guys,

Been a long time since I crept around and posted on these boards since I got my 6/1 'roid up and going years ago, but I have returned with a question.

Does anyone know of a smaller single cylinder slow speed diesel in the range of 2-3hp? I was thinking that it would be a good thing for our home up here since even a 6/1 is able to make more than we consume and so it isn't always loaded down. This is especially true in the summer when the vehicles aren't plugged in like in winter.

A small 3hp engine wold be enough to run in the summer time to charge batteries and run the house. It would also burn less fuel.

Preferably it would be a slow speed (sub 1000RPM) engine and have electric start.

Any suggestions/recommendations?

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Other Fuels / Re: Lister HR2G engine running on Woodgas......
« on: May 28, 2011, 12:46:59 AM »
Poplar might even grow faster than weeds. Cut one down and 100 sprout from the roots. Very invasive roots too.

This sounds very similar to Hazel nut trees in the UK, as they are a sustainable source of firewood which can be coppiced (cut) every 7 -10 years, and no matter how hard you cut them down they just keep coming back for more. Which when the cut wood is seasoned it is on a par with some hardwoods, and thus is of a low tar content.

If you had enough spare waste land then this could be the ultimate form of free fuel when combined with a suitable producer gas plant ;D, and environmentally would be near to being carbon neutral.

I see that in the youtube clip with the Lister HR2G engine, woodchips are being fed into the producer gas plant, so is the poplar wood fed through a chipper before hand, or are the woodchips a by product of some other activity.

Finally what sort of filtration does this producer gas plant use, to eliminate ash carryover into the engine?


I believe he is just cutting it up into chunks with a chainsaw and axe for now. Says he's going to be building a gang saw in the near future.

As for filtration, I'm not sure what he uses...

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Other Fuels / Re: Lister HR2G engine running on Woodgas......
« on: May 27, 2011, 03:04:36 AM »
Yup. Poplar grows like hell.  :laugh:

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Other Fuels / Re: Lister HR2G engine running on Woodgas......
« on: May 26, 2011, 12:38:11 AM »
I know the guy who built this gasifier. It's his first generation gasifier and is building a better second generation gasifier right now.  ;)

Any chance of another you-tube video then? As what he achieved with the first gasifier was well impressive, considering that it was made mostly from items which alot of people would consider to be junk.

From the original You-tube video, judging by the ease of which he is able to restart the engine on the starting handle it is suggestive that the quality of the producer gas being made by the gasifier is also very good. Was this because he was using good quality seasoned hardwoods, or just a very well thought out design.

It looked like on the original video that he had an updraft design, did he have any problems with 'bridging' taking place in the reduction zone of the gasifier, and if so how did he overcome them?

Finally is he still using the Lister HRG2 engine with his new and improved gasifier design?

 

He has 3 videos of his gasifier in action on his channel: The one posted, and these two:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciNNtV8sZY4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTCv-jbAH3s

He indeed built it entirely from junk he had laying around.  :P

The gas he made was pretty good, but it had some tar in it and it has since gummed up the valves on that Lister. However, his 2.0 version gasifier should run hotter and have less tar and better gas cleaning capabilities. He experimented with different woods local to us, and the best we can get is actually Poplar.  :laugh: There's not much here for hardwood.

As for bridging, he had a little stick coming out of the bottom that he could shake to break up the 'bridge'. Version 2.0 has a bit more elegant solution. :)

He'll probably get his Lister up and running again here this summer once he completes gasifier 2.0. ;)

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If they were in 1 piece, I'd say box em up and sell em to guys over here.  :D

Well,
   most of them are indeed in one piece ,bet max 3 days to refurb 1 unit

So it's entirely feasible to fix em up and sell em.  :)

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Other Fuels / Re: Lister HR2G engine running on Woodgas......
« on: May 25, 2011, 05:14:50 AM »
I know the guy who built this gasifier. It's his first generation gasifier and is building a better second generation gasifier right now.  ;)

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If they were in 1 piece, I'd say box em up and sell em to guys over here.  :D

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Generators / Re: ST 5 Voltage VS Hz
« on: February 05, 2011, 07:25:15 AM »
Here's the wiring diagram I got out of the booklet that came with the alternator.


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