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#1 ruston pride

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:52 PM

Just wondering if many of you have these in your boats. Are they still cantankerous when well maintained? Mine is feeling grumpy at the moment and is in need of a bit of love, but still puts a smile on my face when she does decide to start
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#2 Laurence Hogg

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 09:03 PM

What type is yours?
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 09:24 PM

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Not really relevant, but the ex FRS Explorer has two Ruston VPH6s as main generators (one of which is currently in bits, getting de-seized :( ) and a VRH4 as a harbour generator. The running VPH6 and the VRH4 both start easily, with no sign of grumpiness :cheers:

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:01 PM

:smiley_offtopic:

Not really relevant, but the ex FRS Explorer has two Ruston VPH6s as main generators (one of which is currently in bits, getting de-seized :( ) and a VRH4 as a harbour generator. The running VPH6 and the VRH4 both start easily, with no sign of grumpiness :cheers:

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Wow Iain thats a nice boat, I have sold models of that type of vessel for years but never seen a real one in the flesh. I have a model floating on my garden pond which is shown on this listing of mine: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2311bae8ba
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 04:56 PM

I wondered about Rustons,how easy are the spares to find? Not planning to do away with the Lister just curious,its a cat thing
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:41 PM

I wondered about Rustons,how easy are the spares to find? Not planning to do away with the Lister just curious,its a cat thing


Not too hard! My wife works for a company that sources, refurbishes - and engineers new where required - parts for Ruston Hornsby engines amongst others.
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:38 PM

:) Iain, you say not really relevant, but your link was a lovely distraction, thank you. Much beefier engine power there than here, bet it sounds good. I probably have a 2VTH, with variuos bits and pieces which seem to have been robbed from a variety of other rustons starting with Vs. Its making getting my head around getting parts interesting! But I wouldn't want a turn a key and the engine starts boring new engine hidden in a box

Tony, would you be able to give me details of your wife's company? They sound usefull!
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:17 PM

I probably have a 2VTH, with variuos bits and pieces which seem to have been robbed from a variety of other rustons starting with Vs.

I have a 2VTH in my boat. It starts fine and runs well. They're not the most powerful unit but i'm rarely in a hurry.
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#9 Tony Reeves

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:58 PM

:) Iain, you say not really relevant, but your link was a lovely distraction, thank you. Much beefier engine power there than here, bet it sounds good. I probably have a 2VTH, with variuos bits and pieces which seem to have been robbed from a variety of other rustons starting with Vs. Its making getting my head around getting parts interesting! But I wouldn't want a turn a key and the engine starts boring new engine hidden in a box

Tony, would you be able to give me details of your wife's company? They sound usefull!


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Posted 05 September 2012 - 09:33 PM

I have a weather eye out for a 2VSH, in case anyone has a spare one lying about unused.....
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Posted 05 September 2012 - 09:52 PM

I have a weather eye out for a 2VSH, in case anyone has a spare one lying about unused.....


Unused? That's quite unlikely to find, I think ;)


I know where there's a 3YD, not in use. May be too modern for you!

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 10:03 PM

I have a weather eye out for a 2VSH, in case anyone has a spare one lying about unused.....

I saw one sell on ebay last year for 1600, it even had a prm260 mated to it and the engine had been fully reconditioned... If I hadn't just bought my Dorman i'd have bought it...
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:30 PM

Thanks Tony :)

Casp, I now have hope that once mine has had a damn good service and fiddle with, mine will start fine too. Will be good not to need 3 hands from time to time as grumpy days come. At least my manual has arrived :)
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Posted 29 October 2012 - 06:56 PM

We used to have a 3vsh in one of our boats, I didnt know its details at the time just that it was a Ruston Hornsby and came from a crane, someone somewhere put up a link to a video of someone starting a 3 vsh and I realised it was what we had. Ours was painted a lovely shade of electric blue and sounded amazing none the less for it, paired with a borg warner gearbox she blew through the white metal liner at the bottom of a piston one spring morning 25 years ago and back then spares werent as easy to come by so she went and in her place came a lister.... hadnt got the heart of the RH tho.

Thanks to whoever posted the vid.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:21 PM

Not too hard! My wife works for a company that sources, refurbishes - and engineers new where required - parts for Ruston Hornsby engines amongst others.

We have a Ruston Hornsby (or should it be Greaves?) 2YWM in our boat. It runs and sounds beautiful, really throbby! My hubby intends to carry out most of the maintenance - servicing etc and could really do with a spares/workshop manual. Do you know if there is such a thing and how difficult it would be to find one? Also very good news to hear that it's not too difficult to get hold of parts.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:13 PM

There is a crankshaft for a 2VSO/VSH on ebay at the moment....

Hens' teeth must be relatively common in comparison....

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:30 PM

Had a look on Ebay the other day, under marine engines, & was amazed at the ammount

of engine manuels for sale, some quite old. Deffo worth a look.
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