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Ruston APR Just finished

Post by glowes3 on Sun Feb 10 2013, 07:04

I've seen a few APR's on the forum - thanks for your inspiration to keep going on mine.
Have included a before and after shot of the Ruston Hornsby APR that was dispatched to Australia in 1928.

The most difficult repairs were frost damage to the head, the piston seized in the bore, one needle valve broken off in the carby and the pipe for the oiler was rusted out and seized. The muffler, oiler and magneto were missing and the petrol tank rusted out.
The muffler I bought from Frank Gelder in England, the magneto from ebay in the USA needing a service and clean up, and the oiler off ebay from Allan Williams in England who is retired but but was a mechanic with Ruston Hornsby during his working life. We made the new tank and soldered it up.

If anyone wants to see it running, I put up a YouTube: http://youtu.be/w79iiVLVLSA

Regards to all. Graeme




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My ruston AP6

Post by seniorengineers on Sun Feb 10 2013, 09:37

Hi, You have done a fantastic job on this engine, well done! I am in the process of rebuilding my AP6 that is the same year as yours, 1928, luckily, I have no frost damage on mine, but i do have other issues that are being sorted as i speak here. I am in the prosess of major cleaning and paint stripping, and painting most parts ready for assembly that will be started in the next couple of weeks, I need to get gasket material and sealing ring for the liner, and i will be refurbishing the fuel tank in the next day or so as it's full of holes. good luck, cheers David.

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About your AP6

Post by glowes3 on Sun Feb 10 2013, 10:16

I will look forward to seeing some pics of your AP6 David - they're my dad's favorite engine as his dad had one on the farm when he was a kid and the shearers always said it was the smoothest engine for running a shearing plant.
Dad's now 80 and I grabbed my first chance to buy an AP3 that I could afford. It came in many pieces and like yours, the cylinder needs relining in it. I'm looking for someone who can do it for me - the local guy can't do a bore that long with his machine. The conrod has a broken big end and replacements seem rare but I've found a lister rod that's just a bit shorter but has the right size big end. Will get a bearing made. I'm also missing all the insides of the carby so am going to try and find someone at a rally so I can measure the needle valve and weight and try and make one.
People on this forum have restored far worse so I find it inspiring to read other restoration stories. Are you thinking of showing any stages of your rebuild?
Regards Graeme

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Re: Ruston APR Just finished

Post by stationary stu on Sun Feb 10 2013, 12:31

Well done Graeme another very well restored Ruston, you do a remarkable job to get what's scrap and manage to get them running again and you must search the internet for hours to find the missing parts. Is this the 2nd or 3rd Ruston you've restored now?

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Re: Ruston APR Just finished

Post by Andrew1971 on Sun Feb 10 2013, 12:51

ooh hell i wish i had an engine like the above Crying or Very sad
Fantastic job on restoring them hope they run as good as they look Very Happy
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Re: Ruston APR Just finished

Post by seniorengineers on Sun Feb 10 2013, 13:42

glowes3 wrote:I will look forward to seeing some pics of your AP6 David - they're my dad's favorite engine as his dad had one on the farm when he was a kid and the shearers always said it was the smoothest engine for running a shearing plant.
Dad's now 80 and I grabbed my first chance to buy an AP3 that I could afford. It came in many pieces and like yours, the cylinder needs relining in it. I'm looking for someone who can do it for me - the local guy can't do a bore that long with his machine. The conrod has a broken big end and replacements seem rare but I've found a lister rod that's just a bit shorter but has the right size big end. Will get a bearing made. I'm also missing all the insides of the carby so am going to try and find someone at a rally so I can measure the needle valve and weight and try and make one.
People on this forum have restored far worse so I find it inspiring to read other restoration stories. Are you thinking of showing any stages of your rebuild?
Regards Graeme
You will find threads on here with regard to my engine, and yes, I will be posting as i build it. I have some pic's to place on here later today, hopefully, as i have a couple of other listings to update too. cheers David.

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Lister D just finished

Post by bencam43 on Sat Feb 16 2013, 20:52

just finished the D Stu. Bill[quote]

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Just finished Lister D

Post by glowes3 on Sat Feb 16 2013, 20:56

That is one nice Lister D.
I like the way you've finished it - very well done.
Regards Graeme

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Re: Ruston APR Just finished

Post by kevjhnsn on Sat Feb 16 2013, 22:44

nice job greame on the apr looks fantastic
id be proud to own her
lovely job bet your pleased with the finish job mate
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Re: Ruston APR Just finished

Post by A Lister on Sat Feb 16 2013, 23:33

Two very nicely restored engines there chaps, well done!
I hope you have many happy hours of enjoyment watching them running.

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