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New Members Cafe / Old McDonald and me...
« Last post by Ol Banger on 24 May, 2019, 10:10:30 pm »
Hi everyone.
I'm new here and look forward to learning heaps more about Australian made engines of all makes.. but especially McDonalds.
I've been admiring these classic old engines for almost 30 years at various shows and rallies and finally I've found myself a McDonald SE.
I have the chance to buy it but as I'm new to this hobby I have no idea what a fair price is for it. As you can understand I don't want to offend him or rip myself off.
The engine runs and is in good original unrestored condition.
I'd appreciate any advice on this topic.
Marine Engines / Re: Stuart Turner P5ME restoration
« Last post by robgru on 24 May, 2019, 08:27:47 pm »
An admirable restauration ! Looks brand new.

I have P5M from 1937 plan an overhaul but do not have any experience with overhauling An old ST and have no connection to someone who has fone it before.

I would tremendously appreciate if you would be prepared to share your experience. Since i am slightly concerned that I will make all the beginnings mistakes.

Looking forward to hear from you.


Stationary Engines / Re: Crossley hd9
« Last post by cobbadog on 24 May, 2019, 03:43:34 pm »
WOW that seems a lot, but having said that I know bugger all about these engines.
Stationary Engines / Re: Crossley hd9
« Last post by AUSDOK on 23 May, 2019, 06:21:18 pm »
Hi Hugh did the bump test and we need a 1/4" compression plate. Regards Rudy
Stationary Engines / Re: Crossley hd9
« Last post by cranky crank on 23 May, 2019, 07:21:16 am »
It is also determined by if there is still a ridge at the top of the cylinder left by wear.Trying to push the piston over the ridge can have disastrous results.
Stationary Engines / Re: Crossley hd9
« Last post by winnock on 22 May, 2019, 11:06:09 pm »
Ausdok; The thickness of compression plates is usually determined by measuring the clearance between the piston and cylinder head at TDC. Known as the "Bumping Clearance" it is measured by placing a piece of led on the piston and measuring its thickness after the engine is turned over TDC. My instruction book for the HD9 engine make no reference to to this adjustment. Does your engine have any shims fitted. If not I suspect these engines may have been built to a tolerance that did not require adjustment by using shims.
Stationary Engines / Crossley hd9
« Last post by AUSDOK on 21 May, 2019, 10:23:57 am »
Hi we are nearly finished the engine .what we need to know is what id the distance from the end of the conrod to the centre of the crankshaft. We need this to work out if we need to put in a compression  plate. Regards Rudy
Stationary Engines / Re: Campbelltown Steam Museum Rally. May 2019
« Last post by Triumphline on 20 May, 2019, 09:01:43 am »
Stationary Engines / Campbelltown Steam Museum Rally. May 2019
« Last post by Triumphline on 20 May, 2019, 08:59:48 am »
Beautiful weather, nice engines and a catch up with engine mates. What more do you need on a weekend?
A few pics of the engines:
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