12/11/18 As quoted in ĎRuston 7HRGí Iíve now replaced that project with this new jobby, itís quite a bit of an odd jobby as well. Although itís a genuine engine from Ruston (No 124975) it seems like a bit of a cobble together of 1914 Hornsby petrol front end onto a 1920ís base. This is a town gas hit & miss engine which is quite unusual for a Ruston as well, by all accounts this appears to the only one in existence, Ray Hooley has supplied details of supply to Henry Page & Co,Ltd, Maltsters, High Street, Ware - via agents Bilbie, Hobson & Co, London on 06.12.1926. Iíve had some website issues so am only now updating so have gotten quite away into restoration, this engine was found buried in the barn of an old guy who died and his wife had it cleared out. This engine isnít going to be painted and will be as found but cleaned and oiled
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13/11/2018 Strip down and cleaning A little hard now as have to look back and get all Iíve done into order, below are some images from initial strip down which I've labelled to give some explanation, click them for lager pic's.
Pulling flywheel off
Started to come apart
Just like to add that although this engine looked as though in it's rusted state things would be difficult to remove, this has turned out to be far from the truth as everything came undone easy (even tapered pins) and no fixings have been damaged at all over the years. Looked like a nice un-molested engine
Side shaft worn gear case
Using lathe to clean up side shaft
Rebuild and remedial actions
First of all I built a trolley up to the stage of being able to build engine onto it as engine will become very heavy when back together. I purchased a old Parker Plant cement mixer trolley which is a nice old cast iron jobby which looks much more in keeping with age than subsequent later cheaper angle iron jobs. The wood is just kiln dried pine from my local Travis Perkins, distressed, stained and satin varnished.
Here are some pictures documenting trolley build.
Wood cut ,distressed & fitted
Ready for engine
21/11/18 Having made quite a progress with trolley Iíll now move onto covering the rebuild of engine onto it. Due to the fact that for quite awhile whilst rebuilding I had no access to update website youíll probably see items in pictures that havenít yet been added to early descriptions. Iím trying to set this documentation of the restoration into some understandable order. Here are some more picís which Iíve labelled as to what they are.
Front end built up
Flywheel going on
Conrod & piston fitted
30/11/2018 The engine has quite a heavy air intake silencer and with the engine being on the move a lot (bumping along on a trailer) the air intake nozzle/valve could break off cylinder head particularly as its cast iron. Iíve provided a plate bolted to bottom of silencer and fitted tethers to trolley to stop it swinging. Also needing to keep most weight over none steered end of trolley (head end) so Iím mounting exhaust pot right next to head and had to make an elaborate frame to support pot (also a very heavy item).
Inlet silencer unsupported
Support from front
Support from side
Exhaust pot mount front
Exhaust pot mount front
03/12/2018 The side shaft to governor gear cover has been broken off many years ago and in the absence of a pattern to get one cast I made a cover from steel which Iíve taken to Watton foundry (East Coast Castings) to have a cast iron cover cast from that.
21/12/2018 Been reasonably busy! Getting through some important stages now and here are three of them. First is the Gear cover casting (in process of aging at moment), second is cooling tank mounting box which doubles as a tool box and third is tank and relative plumbing of, tank needs aging yet and pipes will be black.
Pattern and resulting cast item
Machining of gear guard
Box in construction
Box ready for tank on trolley
Tank on box
Drain outlet silver soldrered on
Bottom cooling pipe on
Top pipe in progress
Back of engine now sort of complete apart from painting of pipes showing with exhaust pot back on and tank drain tap protruding from box
First aging attempt on guard
01/01/19 Gear guard partially aged and fitted but will be aged more later
Tank ferrules fitted and piping underway
Tank, pipe work and exhaust bracketry painted
Had a bit of a run up and nearing completion now
16/01/2019 As the top water flange is incorrect Iíve made another to look more like what would have been fitted
Project is nearly finished now and Iíve made a tug handle to move rig around (not that there will be much Ďtuggingí (itís far too heavy)), made provisions to store on underside when not in use.
20/01/19 Small update but here is the new flange aged with electrolysis and fitted to engine
Mounted to tug
In storage clips
04/02/19 As engine will have to be kept outside under a cover and the tug handle will be stored under the trolley frame, I've had the handle powder coated matt black.
I'm quite away through designing and making folding frame that can be mounted on trolley , I'd like to have covered with .6mm aluminium sheet but would come to around 500 quid just in the sheet so going for having a waxed tarpaulin stitched to fit over, I will have to create a hump in top to avoid water laying up there.