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Changfa 180 Head Gaskets:

If anyone has a Chinese Changfa style 180 engine and would like some spare head gaskets for when you de-carbon, I have 2 for sale.
These are the higher quality aftermarket items with the silicon water jacket port seals.
I have two for sale.
$10 each  (Plus mail)

PM me if interested,

Generators / ST Wavfeform question
« on: May 02, 2017, 03:59:32 PM »
Hi all,

I have been digging around the older posts but I could not find an answer to this question...
I have an ST-2  2kw head that I was thinking of using on a small project.
I am wondering what is the typical quality of an ST waveform ?
Are they usually OK?  Perhaps rated as "average".?
I would assume that this is something that is "built-in" to the winding quality and cannot be adjusted if there is a distorted wave?
(I do not own an oscilloscope)

My other option on this project is to use a Voltmaster 3600 rpm brushless unit which is typically a very good generator, however given the choice I would prefer an 1800 rpm ST.

What's your experience?


General Discussion / Ice Storm and outages
« on: January 29, 2017, 01:06:46 AM »

The Ice Storm in the Maritimes of Canada has knocked out power to 54,000 homes and killed several people.
Good luck to any members who are weathering this storm.   ;)


Listeroid Engines / Old Lister still working and earning a living
« on: January 12, 2017, 12:29:23 AM »
Stumbled on this video and wanted to share it...
Lovely old Lister engine working relentlessly in a desert field pumping water from a Well.
Beautiful !

Brings on tears,  ;)

General Discussion / Advice Needed - Generator Shed Build
« on: December 14, 2016, 10:01:47 PM »
Hi All,

Building construction is not my strong point so I'm fishing for a few suggestions.

I want to build a wood frame shed along the side of my garage to house a generator, solar controller, and a small battery bank.
On the roof of the structure will be approx 900 watts of solar panels.
The approximate size of the structure will be 5ft wide X 12 ft. long.

This is a prime place to locate the "power shed" but the utilities to my house run under the ground in this area.
(Natural Gas line, Water Line, and Sewer line)
For this reason I am reluctant to drill holes and sink concrete piles.
Here in Canada frost movement can be an issue and the frost line can penetrate 5 ft.

So... my question is what options do I have as a base for the shed?
- One option is to pour a "slab on gravel" concrete pad. This pad could float with any frost heaves. Movement would be minimal.
- Another option is to build a wood beam foundation mounted on 1ft X 1ft concrete pads at each corner and in the mid points of the base.
This building is not expected to house the Listeorid so I am not too concerned about vertical vibration/thumping.

Has anyone done anything similar? or maybe have a different approach ?


Lister Market Place (things for Sale) / ST-3 3KW Generator Head - Canada
« on: August 05, 2016, 05:44:17 PM »
Anyone in CANADA looking for an ST3 ?
3KW, 1800 rpm, Can be wired for 110 or split phase 220 volt AC.

I have a brand new one for sale. Still in the crate.
$225 Canadian

Can ship anywhere in Canada (Buyer pays shipping)

Drop me a PM if interested.


What does it look like? Picture available on "the other" site...
Click here

Things I want to Buy / Serpentine pulley source
« on: March 28, 2016, 04:24:45 PM »
Hi All,

Anyone know a source for 8 ribbed serpentine pulleys ?

I am looking for:
8 ribs
6.0" diameter
1" bore ( or taper lock bushing style )

This is to match up with the 8.34", 8 rib serpentine pulley on my ST-5 generator head


PS: I think it would cost me a small fortune to get one custom made locally

Changfa Engines / R175 Battery Bank Charger
« on: February 09, 2016, 02:37:39 AM »
I just completed my latest Project...
The engine is Changfa style R175 and is coupled to an ST-2kw head.
This is the first unit I have built which is directly coupled without a belt drive.
To accommodate the power pulses I sized a shaft coupling capable of 30HP even though the engine makes 6hp.  ;)
For 60hz power the engine must run at 1800 rpm, however I would like to slow it down to 1500 rpm and generate 50hz power.
This should provide quieter operation, lower fuel consumption and maybe longer engine life.
Apparently the IOTA 55 amp charger that the ST head will be powering accepts 50hz power.

There is more discussion on this subject at the following thread...


Generators / ST Head at 50 HZ
« on: February 08, 2016, 06:27:11 PM »
A couple of questions relating to ST performance...

What is the typical VOLTAGE output of a single phase 60 hz ST2 head wired for low voltage? is it 110V, or 115v, or 120v ?
Is the relationship linear between speed and voltage on an ST head ?

The ST Head will be driving an IOTA 55 amp, 12 volt battery bank charger.
IOTA states that the charger can operate anywhere between 50hz and 60hz.
Allowable input voltage to the charger is 108 to 130 VAC.

The engine/generator are direct coupled at 1800 rpm (60hz) and the engine produces far more power (and noise) than needed.
I want to know if I can slow down my diesel & ST Head to 1500 rpm (50hz) and still charge the batteries.

If the speed/voltage relationship is linear then I could theoretically reduce the engine speed to 1500 and still charge batteries and make 50 hz. power.
But the resulting voltage would be too low for the IOTA charger.
eg:   115 volt X (50/60) = 95 volts.... too low for the IOTA

so.... in order to get at least 108 volts, I would have to slow the engine down to 1674 rpm or 55 hz.

That is ... IF the relationship of ST speed and voltage are linear and the initial 60 hz voltage is 115VAC (or is it 110v ? or is it 120V?)


Lister Market Place (things for Sale) / Lister LR1 FOR SALE
« on: October 30, 2015, 01:47:46 PM »
*****SOLD ****

I have for sale a Lister LR1.
I imported this from the UK 2 years ago and it has been in storage ever since.
Starts easy and is in very good condition.
Price is $295usd

Located in Alberta, Canada

Drop me a PM message if interested.


For any members in Canada I have the following Changfa engine for sale...

Genuine CHANGFA R185
Electric start
Radiator cooled

The engine is new and has only been run for 20 minutes to ensure proper operation after import.
I am asking $625 and can ship the unit anywhere in Canada (buyer pays freight)

PM me if you have any interest


Lister Market Place (things for Sale) / LISTEROID 6/1 OVERHAUL PARTS
« on: July 30, 2015, 02:57:41 PM »

**************** SOLD ***************

Hi All,
Since I closed down my Listeroid import operation some time ago, I have some final parts inventory for sale.
To make transportation costs palatable, I have reduced the cost of the parts considerably.
These parts are for sale as a LOT and must all go together.
The shipping box is approx. 1ft. X 1 ft and weighs 20 lbs so anyone interested
can check with your favorite carrier and get a freight rate shipping from Calgary to wherever you are.
Origin postal code T2H 2G2

Set consists of:
1 - Piston Ring Set
1 - Intake Valve
1 - Exhaust Valve
1 - Injector Pump
1 - Fuel Injector
1 - Cylinder Sleeve
2 - Pistons (Std. bore)
2 - Gudgeon Pin for Piston
1 - Oil Pump (For units with external pump)
2 - Connecting rod bearing shell set
1 - Camshaft with gear
1 - Idler Gear (Steel)
1 - Offset Idler Shaft(0.040" made by WXZer)

Total for all parts $190us

Anyone interested can send me a PM


Original Lister Cs Engines / What's wrong with this picture ?
« on: December 15, 2014, 03:18:06 PM »

Standing in-line with the flywheel and revving a 650 rpm engine to 1100 rpm ....
Not a good idea !

Original Lister Cs Engines / Bone collector - Lister CS
« on: October 23, 2014, 02:36:59 PM »
Interesting trek.....
This fellow found 6 Lister CS engines in the Australian outback.
3 of them look to be complete.


Generators / Distance between generator and point of use
« on: September 04, 2014, 04:30:43 AM »
Anyone here have a generator located 250 ft. or more from the house (or the point of power use)?
One possible site for me is a Barn which is approx 250 ft from the dwelling.
I would like to know if there are any issues in locating my Lister SR2 - 5kw generator in the barn and running a L--o--n--g power line to the transfer switch plug at the dwelling.
The line would be a combination of above ground (along a fence) and trenched from the fence to the dwelling.

anyone else with a run this long ?


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