I'm off to buy some Iron this evening. In conversation, he also has a Lister
L for sale, described as OK but needing a new trolley as the old one is
rotten. He wants £200.
I'll take some pics as a matter of course, but is anyone interested in it?
I went to see a ST P5 and a P55 marine engines this evening, advertised at
thirty quid. I thought it might be too good to be true and it was. Both are
seized - the twin is rigid and the single has/had stuck rings (the flywheel
moved very slightly). A good wrench by hand freed it off a bit, but the
water cooled exhaust manifold was frost damaged - snapped clean in two!
The P55 is in much worse condition, a spark plug out and another exploded
manifold and - whilst it appears to be mostly all there - is as solid as a
rock. I've enough to do already and already own two P55's and a P5 in much
better nick that are on my list of things to move along the bus. Therefore,
I cried off. As I was leaving, his wife came out to say that there was a man
on the phone about the marine engines, so I don't think they'll be there
There was also a French air-cooled engine. It's a curious boxy thing that
came from a horse drawn mowing machine. In large pieces and needs a fair
amount of TLC and an oil control piston ring. My antenna twitched slightly,
but not to a wallet-opening extent.
The Lister L I mentioned before is quite good - class two going on three,
I'd judge - an "earlier restoration" as they say. The front axle beam has
collapsed and it will need hydraulic aid or a number of strong, healthy
young men to shift it. It rotates freely and would not be a difficult
restoration proposition I think.
Very easy to find. Phone number etc if you contact me off list.