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  1. Most probably been running out of alignment and putting excess strain on the casting. It will need removing. You could try to get it welded but if it were me I would try to get a replacement housing.
  2. Unless the lock keeper is out of the hut. Then you will just get the answerphone.
  3. You are right. But only the very early Canal Star engines used this type of spring dipstick. After a few years of production they were changed to a flat blade type.
  4. By the nature of the canal you can moor just about anywhere on the towpath side for 14 days. Saul Junction and Gloucester Docks are limited to 48 hours. If you need fuel the best spot is Joe Energy between Sandfield an Fretherne Bridges. They open between 9 am and 4pm weekdays only. If you stop anywhere near Frampton Green apparently the longest in the country the best pub is the 3 Horseshoes down at the bottom end. Patch is good for a stop and I think the Tudor arms does good pub food. At Purton you have the ships graveyard which is worth a look. And one of my favourite mooring spots is Sharpness where you can just look over the wall and watch the river. And you couldn't stop at Sharpness without a visit to the Dockers Club. These are only my personal thoughts but may be a starting point for you.
  5. All locks on the River Severn should be on VHF channel 74. I know a lot of the time the lock keepers can't be bothered to answer. In addition some of the bridges on the G&S use them, namely Llanthony, Junction and Purton. I suppose really communication and health and safety are not that high up the list with CRT.
  6. The levers on these gearboxes are quite stiff and that is how they should be when adjusted correctly. If they move in and out of gear easily the chances are the gearbox would slip. If you were to fit a Lister LH150 (hydraulic) gearbox it would also involve changing the adaptor plate, drive gear and adding the pump drive to the drive gear. The other option would be to fit something like a PRM gearbox but that would involve sorting out an adaptor and drive plate arrangements. You would be looking at one of the larger cast iron PRM boxes as I am guessing your engine is clockwise rotation and with these boxes you can turn the oil pump for either rotation of input. The other thing to consider when going away from the Lister gearbox is the drop of the reduction box, which is quite big. Most newer boxes will have a smaller drop therefore you would have to lower your engine to get it to line up.
  7. That's how you do it. You will go up on a high spring tide and if your timings work out straight over the weir. You have the choice of Maisemore weir or Gloucester weir. Although the route to Gloucester weir is overgrown at the moment. When I did it that was the way chosen. But it is the quickest way if you are going into Gloucester as you end up at the lock. If you go over Maisemore and want to get into Gloucester you will punch tide all the way down the parting. But the best option if you are going on up the river.
  8. Not quite sure when PRM did the modification but it could be 4-5 years ago.
  9. Just be aware that relatively recently PRM have modified the selector valve and seal. As has been mentioned on this post the original seal was an o-ring which could be removed after taking off the selector lever. The modified version has a square section seal. But also to change this seal it is necessary to remove the oil pump, and remove the selector valve.
  10. Have the carbon brushes in the starter been checked, both for condition and ensuring they are free in the holders. Also is the commutator clean. Any issues here could cause starter to spin slowly.
  11. This is what comes up in the Cargo catalogue when you look up the Iskra number 11.203.124.
  12. Have a look through the Cargo catalogue you may find something in there. Its www.hc-cargo.com
  13. The rating of a Lister STW2 engine is 20hp @ 2300 rpm.
  14. I have to agree. Over the years I have worked on a few of these engines and found quality of build and materials very poor. Also some of the engineering practices are very poor. I think Barrus have just quietly dropped this engine. Probably realising there mistake, but that is just my opinion.
  15. It seems a lot of people get overly concerned about using some of the old oils listed in the manuals rather than going with a more modern oil. The older manuals just list what was available at the time. A classic example as with the case of Lister SR and ST. If you work to the SR manual it recommends a straight oil, but if you work from the ST manual it will recommend a multi grade (15W/40). Yet they are basically the same engine, just that the ST was a more modern build.
  16. That's always been my understanding. If labeled C_/S_ then it is suitable for diesel and petrol engines.
  17. As already said the Isuzu 55 is based on the Isuzu 4LE1 engine. Which would have been used for various plant and industrial applications.
  18. If you have the bleed screws open on your primary filter you will never pull fuel through using your lift pump as it will only pull air. You would need to close bleed screws on primary filter, open bleed on secondary filter then pump the fuel through.
  19. Shouldn't cause any problems as these are normally used as a primary filter. So there should be another filter on the engine that would trap any odd bits.
  20. It's standard supply from Beta Marine who will also supply the elements and seals. The filter is called a WASP filter which I think relates to the company who make them.
  21. I can confirm what you say is correct. "Rattler" was previously called "Bethany Bear"
  22. The Swan neck does not need to be vented. The only weak spot I can see is your exhaust outlet is below water line. This is not uncommon but if you spring a leak in what looks to be a flexible pipe that will be a boat sinker. If it were me I would prefer solid pipework below water line. If the installation allows it may be worth looking at moving the exhaust outlet to a position above water line. That is correct. All pipework must run downhill to the water lock. The 15 inch is probably talking about the water injection bend. This needs to be at about 15 inch above the water line or else you should fit an anti syphon valve. As the drawing shows you have one fitted so no problems.
  23. Not really an answer to your question but was concerned with this issue when looking at hydraulic gearboxes to fit onto a Kelvin engine. I was concerned that at such a low speed there would not be enough pressure. So in the end decided to fit a Borg Warner 72c straight drive. Once the job was done the gearbox pressures checked and were within the specified limits. Have now fitted this box to a couple of Kevin's and both have been running for a number of years without problem.
  24. The 10W/40 is absolutely fine and API CC is the correct spec. The problem with the manuals is they that cover the whole range and uses of the engine. For instance if the engine was being used on a generating set running at a much faster speed and at close to full load it would be a lot more forgiving to whatever oil was used. Really in a narrowboat they very rarely work hard so much more of a problem.
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