Plastic bearings

My big end and main crankshaft bearings for my Lister A are pretty ropey so I was idly prodding around on the Web, looking for spares (unlikely) repairs
(expensive ?) re-makes (maybe) Indian spares etc. By accident I came across the Belzona site, I knew they did versions of 'plastic metal' for filling and repairs but always thought this sort of thing was a bodge.
The stuff of interest (1131 bearing metal) is a sort of two part plastic/resin goo that sticks to anything, sets like rock, made specifically for - you guessed it repairing bearings.
Can't be any good can it ...
anyone tried or experimented ?
Still looking for 'conventional' crank and big end bearing fixes as I'm not convinced.
Ken
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On Mon, 8 Jan 2007 02:05:02 +0800, "Kenneth John

Amongst the Lister engines, the A and B must have the worst possible bearing design that I've seen. It is a diecast piece which is machined after casting, made by Glacier I think, and not easily replicated.
I have a factory drawing and a pair of decent bearings, with a view to making a batch up from the solid, but really it is not cost-effective in small numbers.
To get a batch made would come to about 30+ a pair and we'd need to order a minimum 30 pairs. The piggy bank wouldn't take that!
Peter -- Peter & Rita Forbes Email: snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk Web: http://www.oldengine.org/members/diesel
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Sounds like we only need another 28 people and we are away :-)
Ken
PS Organise 30 people with money involved = unlikely.
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On Mon, 8 Jan 2007 02:05:02 +0800, "Kenneth John

If its of any interest, David Brown have been developing a replacement for white metal bearings used on high power transmission (20MW plus) using PTFE.
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The stresses and general operating conditions of diesels mean that the designers are still working with metals. Aluminium/Tin and Lead Bronze for the smaller engines, AlSn and traditional Sn based whitemetals for the big ones. Plastics such as the fibre reinforced resins work well for non-engine bearings e.g. water lube prop shafts. I would not expect plastics to last long in a Lister but if somebody manages (or has managed) to do it I would be most interested to hear about it. A whitemetal bearing failing usually is a limited damage event, the effect on the rest of the engine of plastics breaking up could turn out to be very expensive I suppose? Phil
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Phil wrote:

I think you will find the material in question is used to go behind bearings that have worn in their housings. I had a look at the Belzona site and it refers to reseating bearings and fretting corrosion. The latter happens due to very small movements, so is the bearing shell moving in the housing. Loctite bearing-fit can also be used to help roller bearings that are loose in their housings.
I'm not familiar with your engine so don't know what is unusual about the bearings. Perhaps they can be adapted to take bearings from some other engine, or the existing ones re-metalled (not uncommon practice many moons ago).
Steve
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wrote:

Not quite my interpretation
http://www.belzona.com/1131.aspx
definitely implies use as a bearing material, but maybe not up to the stresses involved in IC engines.
Cheers Tim
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Tim Leech wrote:

Sorry didn't spot that one, I was looking at
http://www.belzona.com/enc.aspx
I had another root around but the glossy pages are rather short on any concrete information regardling the properties. I see that it does everything for all men, which makes me deeply suspicious. The bottom end bearings in a diesel engine is a combination of high load at elevated temperatures combined with oil, and sounds like death to all plastics to me.
I'm not convinced. Steve
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Belzona Bearing Metal is not for high RPM situations. It works well in low speed applications. If you have a bearing which has spun, fix it with a new bearing. I have used it with great success for many various engine repairs. Contact your local Belzona consultant or distributor. They have the Know-How to make these products work. Belzona solves problems.
Steve, I too was a skeptic. Any material is only as good as the person doing the application.
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I take it we are speaking of plain bearings, not roller?
Long ago, I helped out a brasic young fellow with a Honda 400/4. He'd let it run out of oil & number three big end had picked up. From the extreme goodness of my heart, I took it to bits & fixed it without charging him a penny, but I was determined that it wouldn't actually cost me anything!!
I first filed then stoned the high spots off the journal, miking it up as I went. I didn't do anything about the pits where the steel had torn out of the journal, although I agonised over filling them with this or that plastic metal, including Belzona I recall. When I put it back together with a second hand conn rod, it was perfectly smooth. He used to regularly commute from Bristol to Oxford & was known for making Reasonable Progress. He had it another year & never had a moment's trouble with it.
His mother, an attractive lady in her forties, was suitably impressed ......
Regards,
Kim Siddorn
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The A & B bearings are a sleeve bearing with an external key, plus there is a flange with an oil feed/drain hole cast into it.
As I said previously, it's an horrendous design compared with almost all of their other engines, I don't know how they came to this one at all.
Peter -- Peter A Forbes Prepair Ltd, Luton, UK snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk http://www.prepair.co.uk
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