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 1952 Lister CS 6/1 Startomatic Generator

Engine serial number 3217512

Plant no. 9676.SOMAC

Back in January of this year (2005) I had an email to my web site address from a gentleman who wanted to know if anyone wanted a Lister CS Startomatic Generator. It seems it was bought 2nd hand by his father in the early seventies as a backup when we had all the power cuts, was used for a bit and then just sat in the engine shed. The engine had the original fuel tank and a complete set of manuals with it which will be useful as I will need to rewire the switchgear box.

I have always liked the CS which is a real working engine and although it had not run for over 25 years and has some of the wiring missing and against my better judgement I agreed to give it a new home when the better weather got here.

Now as most of you will know, the CS genset is no lightweight so the logistics had to be worked out to get it from its old home some 30 miles away to my garage during late July 2005. Luckily a friend Mick Bugg agreed to pick it up with his flatbed lorry on which he regularly transports his engines and tractors to rallies.

Below are a few pictures taken during the load up.

 

Winching the Genset up on large pieces of pipe on to the back of the lorry. Hmm think we need another piece of pipe here Getting there Finally loaded
Winching the Genset up on large pieces of pipe on to the back of the lorry. Hmm think we need another piece of pipe here Getting there Finally loaded

Unloading was a matter of removing everything from the driveway, (Caravan, Wheely bins, Amanco hired man, stuff like that) and a reverse of the loading procedure saw the engine in the garage which will be its home, hopefully to supply electricity for the garage, sheds etc.

I have left the engine sitting on the rollers for now as once it is off them, it will be difficult to remove. A closer view of the generator and the box containing the voltage regulation equipment Another view. This is the other box containing the startomatic relays and switchgear, this needs rewiring to the voltage regulator box
I have left the engine sitting on the rollers for now as once it is off them, it will be difficult to move. A closer view of the generator and the box containing the voltage regulation equipment Another view. This is the other box containing the startomatic relays and switchgear, this needs rewiring to the voltage regulator box.

I have had a brief look at the Genset and the engine seems fine with plenty of compression. I will probably dismantle and check the injector and pump and take the belts off the generator prior to starting it, I also need to decide where to mount the fuel tank and how to route the exhaust out the roof of the garage.

Watch this space.

 

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                        

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