Lister B11 finished !!! (long)

It has taken me over a year to restore an engine! Mind you, it did stand as
a centrepiece in a garden for over 33 years, complete with hopper full of
ivy. Then I spotted it and after a quick word with the owner (Who happened
to be a friend of mine.) the words "Take it away" were uttered. I then found
out that the ivy was an attempt to hide what Colin saw as a very large and
heavy lump of iron which he did not want and could not move out of the
That soon changed!
It came apart with spanners and a socket set. After all this time the sump
still contained some oil. Took it home in bits.
Cleaning up the parts was a slow process and a few bits were either too far
gone or had just "Gone" anyway (Like the magneto). I had to remake/replace:
short D petrol tank, exhaust muffler, ML MCK magneto, fuel tank brackets,
tapered pins and a flywheel key. The original flywheel key had defeated all
attempts to remove it over a six week period.In the end it was a long drill
bit that rudely intruded into the keyway and that sorted out that.
Today I started a rebuild with the aim of completing it tomorrow (Sunday).
However things went along rather faster than I expected and about six
o'clock (or there about, I knew the sun was about to go abroad) I fed it
oil, water and petrol and decided to give the handle a try.
Cats were watching with disinterest.
I have never started anything like this before. The feeling I had was half
excitement that it would start and half frightened that it would take my
bloody arm off!!!!! I put the handle onto the crankshaft.
Cats were more interested.
"Rotate flywheel backwards until compression felt, turn wheel on suction
carb to somewhere near full open, turn handle bloody quick."
Turn ...........
tle......bang!..bang!........rattle.......rattle......rattle...bang! (ad
Two more bangs from the cat flap in the back door as moggies fled indoors!
My neighbour said that I looked as if I had borrowed the smile from the
Cheshire Cat!
I will be taking some pictures soon and hope to put them up on the web, will
let you know when they are done.
THANKS go to Chris "Lister" Bedo, for invaluable advice over the last year
and also to all on this newsgroup who have helped either knowingly by taking
the time to reply to my sometimes basic questions or unknowingly by helping
the hobby in general through informative websites which I have found
invaluable in finding those "Hard to get" bits of technical data.
Well it is running and I must say that I am really pleased after all the
time it has taken. I wonder if I ask Chris nicely, if he will copy that
manual for me now!
I am going to put it to bed now.
Simon Taylor
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Simon Taylor
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Simon, an interesting post, thank you, I enjoyed reading it. Is a B11 single flywheel? What date?
You've almost shamed me into finishing my 1926 B56, the painted bits of which have graced our living room for some time. Jeni's patience with it seems to be wearing thin...
I hope mine frightens the chickens when I first turn it over.
A propos of nothing, has anybody ever heard the RACKET that a flock of guinea fowl make when you start an engine? Once heard, never forgotten. :-)
Regards, Arthur G
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Arthur Griffin
Good story Simon, tales like this are always welcome ;o))
Glad you found us helpful.
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J K Siddorn
It's a single flywheel type built by H.Owen of R A Lister & Co. on the 30 January 1924 (Thanks again to David Edgington! If you are reading this, it is s/n 38417).
I have had it running on and off for a couple of days now and it always starts first attempt, thank god.
I went to the Heavy Horse show at Shoreham Kent on Sunday and spent five or six minutes watching two guys trying to start a Witte Dragsaw. The drag was that it would not start but it was running when I went back an hour later.
Simon Taylor "That be the Lister that B"
single flywheel? What date?
which have graced our living room for some time. Jeni's
guinea fowl make when you start an engine?
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