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(1929 Lister D)

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Production of the D type began in 1926 and so this is an early example.
It was supplied with a pump set to Pillinger & Co, Lister agents in London, on the 15th October 1929.
Lister D's were produced right up until 1964 which says a great deal for their design.  They are very simple and therefore very reliable.
They are an ideal engine for anyone just starting out on their stationary engine hobby.

Click this link to learn ...  How It Works         

I normally display this engine driving a 12 volt dynamo that powers a lighting board.
This gives the engine some work to do as they don't like just running off load, they tend to soot up.
I call this engine my "old faithful" as it starts easily and will quite happily chug away all day, as long as the
water and fuel are kept topped up.  Each spring I change the oil in the sump and polish it up and off we go again.


This is the Lister D running at an open day.
Things to note...
1. Steam coming out of the water hopper.
2. The tube near the magneto.  This contains the instruction booklet and is rarely seen nowadays as most have been lost.
3. The brass cup near the water level sign contains grease for lubricating the valve rocker shaft.
    This is screwed in a little every so often to force grease into the bearings.
This view clearly shows the petrol tank and magneto.  You can just see the shaft drive to the left
of the magneto.  The hole in the bracket under the tank is where the starting handle is inserted.
Here you can see the exhaust and carburettor, with the linkage to the governor clearly shown.
The black box behind the belt driven dynamo is the voltage regulator.  I have this set to
something just below 12 volts in order to prolong the life of the lamps.
This is the "D" in the normal running position, showing that it's light enough to run on the trailer.
The dynamo is running the lighting board.  Note the display boards giving general and more
technical information for interested people.

Video Clips...

Lister D Video Clip 01

Double click the Lister D picture to see the video.
This clip shows you all around the engine while it's running.

Lister D Video Clip 02

This clip shows the engine running, from the flywheel side.

The Technical Bits...

ListerD-DecokedBlock.jpg (52248 bytes) Engine block cleaned up after a de-coke, before reassembly.
ListerD-DecokedHead.jpg (49222 bytes) Engine head cleaned up after the de-coke, before reassembly.

  About This engine...

  • Specification: 11D

  • Horse Power: 1.5

  • RPM: 700

  • Spark Plug Gap: 20 thou.  Points Gap: 10-12 thou.  Tappet Clearance: 31 thou.  Ignition Timing: 15deg BTDC.

  • The engine is a four stroke petrol type which runs on unleaded fuel.

  • The engine speed is controlled by a governor.  As engine speed increases the bob weights are thrown outwards which alters the length of the shaft through the body.  The linkage to the butterfly within the carburettor is connected to this and thus the butterfly is adjusted by the speed of the engine, closing the butterfly as speed increases to reduce the amount of fuel/air mixture entering the combustion chamber.

  • The high voltage for the ignition spark plug is produced by the magneto.  There is no battery involved.  The magneto on this early engine is driven by a coupling but later ones were driven via a chain.

  • Note on this engine that there is no carburettor float chamber.  Fuel is drawn directly from the tank by the suction of the engine.  The engine is therefore more temperamental about the level of fuel, and will eventually stop unless either the level in the tank is maintained, or the mixture screw adjusted to create more fuel suction.

  • The engine is cooled by water.  The hopper is filled with water and this also surrounds the combustion chamber.  During normal use the water boils and just evaporates away, therefore it is important to monitor the water level and top up as required.

General Lister "D" Information...

  • CC: Approx. 347

  • It is normal to only quote the horse power rating of a stationary engine, but many people ask what the cubic capacity (CC) is and so I have included it here.

  • Bore & Stroke - 3" x 3"

  • Compression Ratio - 5:1 for petrol and 4.5:1 for paraffin

  • Compression Pressure - 120lbs for petrol and 100lbs for paraffin

  • Weights - 250lbs for the bare engine and 298lbs with the fittings

  • Height - Approx. 26" (Engine Only)

  • Hopper Capacity - 6 pints

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