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Tandem Lister D Restoration

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Tandem Lister D Restoration

Post by Guest on Tue Sep 15 2009, 13:19

Hello Chaps (and ladies)

with the LR1 as complete as possible without a new fuel tank, i've got new projects on the go

Theres an LT1 under repair, which is waiting for the arrival of a second LT1 to make a working engine out of the two, more on this come the weekend.

but the main work is going to be a pair of Lister D's, a 1931 shaftie, and another D i bought last night

the Shaftie is intact, but not in full working order and requires a full strip down, with attention to the surfaces of the head and block, a new head gasket, and a replacement crankshaft (main bearing is clapped)

the Second D requires the head and block skimming, and a new head gasket, and then re-assembling to check what its like, its in bits atm, that how i bought it.

the Second Lister D is aimed at being a Birthday Present for my Dad, so i've got just under a month to complete it. so it will probably be tackled first, followed by the shaftie.

pictures to follow

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you got your work cut out

Post by RAB on Tue Sep 15 2009, 16:36

if you need any bits write a list will try and get you a price from suppliers :nothingtodo: :nothingtodo: :nothingtodo:

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Re: Tandem Lister D Restoration

Post by Statman on Tue Sep 15 2009, 22:27

Hi Paul!!

Ive got a mate close by that has tons of D spares etc!

Just let me know what you require i will ask him for you!

Thanks
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Re: Tandem Lister D Restoration

Post by Guest on Wed Sep 16 2009, 06:28

cheers Guys

Paul.

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Re: Tandem Lister D Restoration

Post by Guest on Wed Sep 16 2009, 06:34

Started work on the D last night, checked the dead and block for flatness, and whilst i would like to have them ground, both are good enough to use as they are, subject to a good clean of the surfaces, and some denso applied to the pitting around the water jacket areas.

the paint applied to the engine is not great, there appears to have been little preparation of the surface before it was applied, and it hasnt keyed properly, there is no signs of the original paint underneather either.

the cast itself is in quite good condition, there arent too many pittings in it, suggesting either the engines been well sheltered, or always painted, as the rust is minimal.

going to finish off cleaning the head down tonight, and fill the pittings on the head mating surface with denso, which i will flatten tomorro when its dried,

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what do you use

Post by RAB on Thu Sep 17 2009, 04:24

what do you use to fill the pitting paul, i had a fair bit on my D, i never filled it though will do in future though, get a nicer finish cheers

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Re: Tandem Lister D Restoration

Post by Guest on Thu Sep 17 2009, 06:34

theres a few ways you can do it, some are more expensive than others

the simplest and tried/tested method is car body filler, the length of time you spend preparing this and building it up will determine just how good the engine looks afterwards, by applying thin layers and rubbing down, you'll get a better finish in the end, the ultimate trick is to then use stopper primer before the first primer coat, this is easy sanding paint to help get the finish totally flat.

next is to use build up paints, but that is very time consuming and the deepest pitting will show up with darker paint than elsewhere.

other options include bezona and chemical metal, both require the same attention as filler.

some plonkers try to grind out pitting, but this just makes the metal thin and understrength.

a more drastic aproach would eb to fill the spots with weld to regain the metal, but its too complicated and too risky if the block hasnt been cracked, because it soon will be doing this.

finally theres the most expensive option, which i guess would be viable on mega expensive engines, which is sintered powder metal, this is effectively spray on metal, a specialist process, thats normally used to build up worn out cranks.

for head surfaces, the best options are the filler, chemical metal/belzona and metal buildup

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Re: Tandem Lister D Restoration

Post by Statman on Thu Sep 17 2009, 08:19

Phew!!!!

Theres a lot of methods there!!

You should see the pitting on me old faithful D its head looks like its got a bad form of Cellulite lol! lol! :alien2: :alien2: :babe:

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Re: Tandem Lister D Restoration

Post by Guest on Thu Sep 17 2009, 08:27

lol Very Happy

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