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Stationary Engines / Re: McDonald 4hp spi Diesel.
« Last post by Austral on 26 February, 2020, 09:57:33 pm »
The CS Listers are a brilliant engine, in both their 3 and 6hp formats.
The one I collected in 2006 had not been running for many years, and following a complete strip, clean, check and overhaul of the pump and injector, it started on the 3rd compression and ran like the proverbial Swiss watch. 
It was a sad day when it went to it's new home some three years ago.
Austral.
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Stationary Engines / Re: McDonald 4hp spi Diesel.
« Last post by asw120 on 26 February, 2020, 08:19:17 am »
I have a cs 6hp and find it very soothing to listen to / watch.
Probably will need what mine did: decoke, strip/unseize injector pump and injector. I  was warned not to turn it until I  had removed the pump which is nearly always stuck after a long sleep.

This year I plan to make a transport / skids so I don't have to chase it across the shed floor.
They are a lovely thing.

Jarrod.
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Stationary Engines / Re: McDonald 4hp spi Diesel.
« Last post by Grasshopper on 25 February, 2020, 10:54:21 pm »
Oops, Villiers not the Lister,
Pictures of Lister 3.1
Grasshopper Max.
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Stationary Engines / Re: McDonald 4hp spi Diesel.
« Last post by Grasshopper on 25 February, 2020, 10:50:28 pm »
I guess by now Cobberdog you are well into shaping the timbers on your transporter project.
I received my head for th McDonald SPI today from our local engine shop and they did a stirling job of acid washing head, refacing valves and seats then lapping in valves.
Should have lots of compression when fitted back onto engine.
Had another look at Lister CS, paintwork not so good for an unused engine, still had delivery tag on crankshaft.
Going price $2500, a bit steep for me, I offered less and left offer on the table. All the original gear with it even flat pulley.
Your comments which were very valid I bore in Mind.
Today I bought a 1930 3.1 Lister CS 600rpm, quite a history purchased in 1930 for a dairy farm and ran a vacuum pump for many years before being retired and stored in its original settings.
Needs a water hopper and muffler fuel tank is there along with crank handle.
Unit turns over.
I will take the Isuzu ute up to pick it up tomorrow, a round trip of 400k.
A couple of pics.
This engine business tends to get in your blood.
Cheers,
Grasshopper Max
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General Discussion / Re: Make my own
« Last post by cobbadog on 25 February, 2020, 01:57:54 pm »
No further progress today as


i went to work then realised that we had a power outage, yet again, and went back home to kick off the genset to keep the fridge n freezer nice and cold. So wasted more time back at work then back home again and too the GOAT (mower) for a walk over the long grass again even though it had only been 5 days since it last got hit. Only 2 hours to go until they switch it back on and then I need to do invoices and quotes, end of day.
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General Discussion / Re: After a McKay hinge
« Last post by cobbadog on 25 February, 2020, 01:54:02 pm »
bugga !
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General Discussion / Re: Make my own
« Last post by cobbadog on 24 February, 2020, 04:24:05 pm »
This is where I got to today. Main rails and 3 cross members are bolted in solid and 2 axle support also cut to length and then the 25mm bright steel axles will extend past the ends of the timber. Will pick up some plate for the turntable so the timber will run smoothly when turning and pivot on a 20mm  HT bolt. I will slightly recess the axles into the supports and plate them into position as well.
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General Discussion / Re: After a McKay hinge
« Last post by Charlie on 24 February, 2020, 11:50:42 am »
Spoke too soon.  Simply process you would think.  Old smashed up gate with one and a half hinges not connected to anything.  Found the old owner who didn't even realize they were there.  Now does and 'sheep stations' come into play.  Back in the hunt.
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General Discussion / Re: Make my own
« Last post by cobbadog on 22 February, 2020, 04:05:38 pm »
Had a late start to the day of play with visitors ll morning so this afternoon I spent time mentally designing the transporter and taking measurements. So with all that kind of stuck in my head the side rails have been cut to length at 1.000 metre. Tomorrow the 3 cross sections will be cut and marked out for drilling and with a slight change to my original idea I am now half the amount of coach bolts short to bolt it all together but that gives me time to start stripping an engine down as well. The timber is 125mm x 75mm hardwood fence post, bloody heavy.
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Stationary Engines / Re: McDonald 4hp spi Diesel.
« Last post by cobbadog on 21 February, 2020, 09:39:50 pm »
Yep, picked up the last of the timber today and should start designing and cutting soon. Just need to make a final decision on overall length of the rails, width is decided by the bolt centre of the engine mounts. I also noticed today that the crankshaft is longer on one side which will make the engine sit a bit offset. Just looking at the details posted as to final design as well.
As for the Lister, the value is in the fact that it has been safely (hope so) stored and that it still turns over. You should fing that it will wash up quite good and to do anything other than a clean would then de-value it and would no longer be appealing to others. Possible assmebly of the engine to make it look complete would be a good thing and not to run it as then it still has that same appeal that has your interest. To make it run would be fine too but then it is just another well looked after Lister in original condition.
So many ideas and views will be had on what to do with it if you did get it but in the end if you do buy it then it is yours to do what you most want to do with it, run or display it as it is.
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