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Lister D Restoration Project

Post by dhammond on Sun Mar 18 2012, 20:11

Latest restoration project picked up. Needs a replacement silencer, some broken out bolts used to hold down the hopper cover drilling out and retapping, replacement cover for the magneto and a long overdue oil change. Need to get the paint off the fuel tank to see what condition the metalwork is in.











Also need to get rid of the orange HT lead and the plug cover.

Below is the serial number. I assume that since it has a DH in the serial number that it is post 1950. Is that correct?


The only thing that seems to be holding the drain tap in place is ptfe tape. Looks like I will have to drill out the mounting plate and put in a 1/4" BSP helicoil insert as the original thread has rusted away a long time ago unless anyone knows where I can get a replacement mounting boss for the tap.

The starter handle is a homemade job so I will need to look out for a proper one sometime.

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Post by JONESEY on Sun Mar 18 2012, 20:20

Looking good thanks for posting photos
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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by matt86 on Sun Mar 18 2012, 20:31

Looks good little project .

Regarding the tap why not drill it out and re tap thread to 1/2" and use a 1/2" tap instead , matt

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by dhammond on Sun Mar 18 2012, 20:53

If I can get the mounting boss out of the block I probably will do. However, the head of the boss is quite badly mangled (very old damage). I do not want to drill it larger than I have to if the boss is still in the block. Need to get the sandblaster out to remove all of the paint around the boss before I try to remove it (at least give myself a fighting chance).

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by matt86 on Sun Mar 18 2012, 21:09

good luck with that .... mount on a plank or some 3 x 2 and drive a car / van on it to hold it down .... as it can be flipping tight !

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by mike d on Sun Mar 18 2012, 22:00

David the DH stands for hopper cooled,if i could get into my smaller shed i could date the engine for you....but it jammed full,till i get it emptied i cant do much for you..sorry...
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Post by Abes on Sun Mar 18 2012, 22:21

See link for dating info mate

http://www.stationary-engine.co.uk/EngineDating/Dating.htm

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by YorkshireChugger on Mon Mar 19 2012, 07:31

Nice one. Just realised you're near Luton. I know a chap who wants to sell a couple of Lister A's and he's just near Luton!
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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by DanBoy on Mon Mar 19 2012, 09:35

That'll keep you busy for a while.

P.S. Like the pic of the Favorit, me being a bit of a Skoda nut.

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by stationary stu on Mon Mar 19 2012, 10:42

Looks to be a good project, is it currently a runner? I'm sure with a bit of patiance you'll get there,

Good luck

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by dhammond on Mon Mar 19 2012, 19:14

Not running at the moment but probably due to the spark plug being dead (arcing everywhere inside but at the end spark gap!). Awaiting arrival of replacement.
Spark tester has shown that magneto is ok.
The engine has good compression.
1/4 can of WD40 and use of freezer spray has resulted in me now being able to turn the fuel tap on and off.
Successful bid on silencer on eBay so that should arrive in a few days time.
Flushed through all of the rust and sludge from the water hopper and done a light descaling.
Hopefully in about a weeks time I will be able to test start it.

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by stationary stu on Tue Mar 20 2012, 10:22

Great news David that you've got the spark, so a quick check of the fuel system and and systems go, fingers crossed that you don't find any problems once it's running.

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by dhammond on Sat Mar 24 2012, 17:11

Media blasted engine parts today. Used crushed walnut shells as blasting media. Good for car panels, not so good at multiple layers of stationary engine enamel (it has been repainted at least four times in the past).



Blasting has revealed crack in rocker cover. Have to look out for a replacement. At least the fuel tank is ok.


New tap fitted. Drilled out the old tap hole using a 15mm blacksmiths drill and then tapped out to 3/8" BSP and then used a 3/8" to 1/4" reducer to fit the tap. Have to look out for a larger brass tap that will fit as I will be waiting forever for the hopper to drain with this one.


New HT lead made up and spark plug fitted. Oil changed in engine (it certainly needed it).

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by mike d on Sat Mar 24 2012, 21:53

Hi David
what's that in the lead?????
and theres nothing wrong with a skoda mate....
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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by matt86 on Sat Mar 24 2012, 23:00

mike d wrote:Hi David
what's that in the lead?????
and theres nothing wrong with a skoda mate....
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it is a in line suppressor mate or its a voltage booster i have seen them for sale on fleebay

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by stationary stu on Sun Mar 25 2012, 09:22

Where do you get the crushed watnut shells from? I've seen them used on a tv prog to clean car panels so less damage is caused, I might try them myself when I do my next engine repaint.

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by dhammond on Sun Mar 25 2012, 16:38

Here is a link to a supplier on eBay that sells walnut shell blasting grit.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WALNUT-SHELL-BLASTING-GRIT-SAND-BEAD-10-LITRE-BAGS-0-3-0-6-MILL-/290680010382?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item43ade0f68e

The unit on the HT lead is a spitfire spark booster. Came of an old set of car HT leads. Thought I would try it and see if it does actually make any difference.

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Re: Lister D Restoration Project

Post by stationary stu on Sun Mar 25 2012, 17:14

Thanks for the link David, I take it you get a lot for you money with them being so light, the write up sounds good to use on all soft metals. I need to get my shot blasting stuff sorted as I bought it a few months back but not tried it yet.

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