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Quinnf

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Interesting Lister Variant
« on: January 15, 2018, 03:08:38 AM »
I ran across this youtube vid and saw something I've never seen before.  At around 3m 40s in the video the videographer walks around to the far side of the engine and . . . well, as the virgin bride said to her new husband on the wedding night, "Well . . . it's DIFFERENT!"

Anybody know this particular configuration? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDRZicQ-_9k

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Re: Interesting Lister Variant
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2018, 03:59:56 AM »
Maybe a vacuum pump? Doesn't look like the air compressor version. Whatever it is it is water cooled.

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Re: Interesting Lister Variant
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 06:51:51 AM »
Appears to be air-compressor.

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Re: Interesting Lister Variant
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2018, 09:02:59 AM »
Agreed, an air compessor I think, although I don't know what type.

Lister did collaborate with Reavell at one point, producing units which looked like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwBavaFmGCg

I actually owned that engine for a while (the one on the video I've linked), it was originally an auxiliary compressor on a ship; one started the Lister by hand, filled the receiver with high-pressure air, which was then used to start the ship's main engine. I can't remember the pressure it could achieve, but it was significantly higher than the 120psi/8 bar that most standard compressors max out at.

The engine itself was a 3.5/1, slightly over-rated to IIRC 3.65hp @ 670rpm. I presume that extra .15hp were needed as the pressure reached it's maximum... The air volume was quite low, as I recall, you certainly wouldn't want to run a blast cabinet with it.
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Re: Interesting Lister Variant
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2018, 01:01:22 PM »
He doesn't seem to have a handle on how the COV works, would start much easier screwed in, LOL.
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Re: Interesting Lister Variant
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2018, 03:17:25 PM »
It does appear to be a compressor, a Hamworthy type. Here is some info on that type setup. http://www.westcoker.net/home-page/ropewalk/twineworks-engine/

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Re: Interesting Lister Variant
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2018, 07:41:48 PM »
This is my first comment I write in this forum; therefore, I hope I write this reply at the proper place.

Answering the question of AdeV: the Hamworthy compressor is rated at 24.1 Bar with a capacity of 10.2 M3/Hr.

Recently I acquired the same configuration as discussed and therefore I hope to be able to get more information i.e. specifications, operating and workshop manual and other details to restore it. The set I have was in a running condition before it was removed from a ship. According to the engine number and the identification plate on the compressor unit, all has been manufactured in 1973. All looks original however I did not start it as yet. As this is the first Lister I own, I want to be sure I do not damage it, therefore if you could let me know where to find information about the Lister (3.5/1 - 650 rpm) and the compressor it would be great. The set is painted blue, not sure if that is original although in 45 years it did help to preserve it. Photos can be provided.

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Re: Interesting Lister Variant
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2018, 10:13:17 PM »
Your unit would have to be 6/1 if manufactured in 1973... 3.5/1 would date much older than that (pre-1950s)

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Re: Interesting Lister Variant
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2018, 08:15:53 PM »
Once I figured out he was using the car to start the Lister and not visa-versa things began to make sense.  Now getting the Lister up stairs to aerate the aquarium may be a bit more challenging. 

I'm still impressed with his co-generation skills.  Of course if this were Poland he would have used a motorcycle.
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