Petter M Restoration...
I am currently helping (or more likely hindering) a friend
restore his 1933 Petter M Appletop. I will probably, with his permission,
create an article about it on "Engineweb". We are taking
lots of photos along the way, and so it should be interesting.
Engine being re-assembled. Flywheels are now on. The next
visit may even see a trial start-up!
I have just purchased a new trailer to take
my engines around. I bought the old trailer for £50 back in about
1993, from the Beaulieu Autojumble. It has seen good service but was
not too stable with an engine on, especially on rough roads. I
should have the new one ready for the first rally in May.
Latest (Early April 2012)
I am well on track to having the trailer ready for May. The winch is
fitted. The spare wheel bolted on and a nice new cover put on it. The
ramps have been adapted and the Lister A is now on the trailer. Eye bolts
now have to be fitted to strap the engine down. I am also going to put
some preservative on the timber ramps.
The trailer is finished and the first event with the Lister A has been
completed. I'm extremely pleased with the trailer and it tows like a
dream. For anyone interested I would thoroughly recommend where I
bought mine... Dolphin Trailers of Poole in Dorset.
A Timely Reminder...
Just a short but important safety reminder.
If you are going to run an engine in an enclosed space
(garage etc.) then please ensure you have plenty of ventilation.
During very cold weather it's tempting to close all doors and windows and
perhaps put some heat on. This is fine while working on the engine,
but during a run proper ventilation is essential.
EXHAUST FUMES KILL!
When I run mine in my garage I ensure the main
up-and-over door and the rear door are both fully open.
Please also ensure any scarves, ties etc are tucked in before a run to
ensure they don't get caught in flywheels, sprockets or the like.
I don't mean to nag but please be safe. I would hate to hear of
anyone having an accident.
Public Liability Insurance...
Did you know that when showing your
stationary engine at a rally, or anywhere else in public, you need public
liability insurance? Most places need at least £2,000,000 worth of
insurance. It's okay. Don't panic! The best way to get
this is to join a club where group rates have been negotiated.
The club I belong to costs only £14 for
the year, and that includes public liability insurance for
£5,000,000. What a bargain eh?
I personally have never seen an accident
involving a stationary engine, but it does happen. It really pays to
have the peace of mind, and for so little.
I do not have a links page at the moment. It's
something I've been considering for a while and will incorporate into my
new website. Meanwhile I will add them here on the News page.
If you know of any sites for possible
inclusion please let me know.
couple of times recently I have been asked how to time the magneto on one
of our engines. I thought it would be a good idea to add this to the
web site, and so look out for the additional page when I re-vamp the site.
My Lister "A" and Lister "D"
3rd April 2013
I took my
Lister A to the open day at Romsey Signal box last month. It ran all
day and created a good deal of interest.
This Sunday (the 7th April) I'm going to take the 1929 Lister D.
This will be it's first outing for several years. I need to drag it
out from it's "slumbers" and give it a good service before
running it again. As it hasn't been run for several years I will
remove the crankcase door, change the sump oil and manually put oil on the
bearings before turning it over. I'll then check all the settings,
lubricate moving parts and give her a good clean and polish. It
isn't too bad because it has been under an old curtain in my garage and
has therefore been kept dry. I also cleaned the flywheel, covered it with
oil and sealed it with a polythene bag to stop it rusting.
July 2012. Several people have contacted me
through the website over the past few months. This is great and it
shows that people are finding the site. I am always pleased to hear
from anyone, whether it's just with a comment (good or bad) or for some
information or help. I always try to answer emails quickly because I
know how frustrating it is waiting for a reply!
ROMSEY SIGNAL BOX PROJECT
Since taking on the role of maintenance person back in
March I am getting the feel of the project. It is a great place to
work and visit.
We are open to the public on the first Sunday of the month except January. If you are in the area it's well worth a
visit. If it's a nice day why not bring a picnic to have at one of
the picnic tables.
Click on the picture above and also look at the web site for more
ROMSEY SIGNAL BOX PROJECT
Please Note... We are now closed to the general public
until September 2015. This is because access is very limited
during neighboring building works. It does give us time to carry out
some major works on site ready for a grand re-opening.
If you would like to visit during this time, private visits can be
pre-arranged. Please either contact me or use the signal box web