Gardner 4LW- Year of Manufacture 1960
This Gardner 4LW, 56hp @ 1300 rpm, had been temporarily removed from M/Y Mary Islay to undergo some repairs resulting from salt water corrosion. The engine was purchased from a re-conditioners in the north of England by the current owners in 2007. This was to replace an elderly Foden FD4 engine that was becoming increasingly difficult to source parts for and in use was also extremely loud. Once fitted the Gardner had only completed around 10 hours before ill health meant the engine sat idle until recently. The boat is now undergoing repairs to its hull with a traditional shipwright in Poole and is due to be relaunched in time for her 60th birthday in early 2017.
To carry out some of the repairs it was necessary to remove the engine, this revealed that approximately six years with salt water in the bilges and in contact with the bottom of the engine had cause the engine oil sump to corrode through and is now holed and no longer holds oil. Due to the water level in relation to the engine it is now with MPS to repair/replace the oil sump and for inspection of the engines crankshaft, main and big end bearings and gearbox for damage relating to contact with salt water. Once repaired the engine will be serviced, aesthetically tidied and reset to the marine light duty of 62hp @1500rpm to closer match the 72hp@1700rpm of the Foden it replaced.
Mary Islay was commissioned by Sir Giles Gutherie, later chairman of BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) and built in 1957 by Aero Marine Ltd, Emsworth.
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Kromhout Gardner 4LW - Year of Manufacture 1938
Engine current condition - Unrestored, running
This 1938 built Kromhout Gardner 4LW. 62hp @ 1500rpm, Originally powered a Dutch bus before being converted to marine use. This engine is an example of the Gardner LW series engines that were built under licence from L.Gardner & Sons by Kromhout Motoren Fabriek in Holland, this particular engine being a mirror image of its Gardner built counterparts and also complete with it original Dutch built Brevo mechanical 1:1 ratio gearbox. This engine has now gone back to the Netherlands to join a collectors range or Kromhout built LW engines.
Gardner 3LW - Year of Manufacture 1959
This 1959 built Gardner 3LW, 42hp @ 1300rpm,Originally from a locomotive it underwent a total restoration and conversion to marine specification.
The conversion to marine specification included the addition of electric start, fitting of a marine rear end exit exhaust manifold and the fitting of marine type engine mounting feet. The engine is also fitted with thermostatic temperature control.
This engine was completed with a PRM500 1.5:1 ratio gearbox, 12 volt electric start and 145A alternator.
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Lister JP3 - Year of Manufacture 1952
Lister JP3. 35hp @ 1200rpm, This engine is an industrial version of the JP range of engines and has recently been shipped to an off grid property in British Columbia, Canada. It will be installed to power a generator.
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Ailsa Craig RF2's - Year of Manufacture 1938
Engine current condition - Dismantled, Donated to the Internal Fire Museum.
This pair of Ailsa Craig RF2's, 20hp @ 1200 rpm, had been removed from M/Y Ruda for overhaul and some minor modification for use in the modern world. Unfortunately after strip down and inspection it became apparent that the performance issues being experienced by the owner were due to these engines being underpowered for Ruda resulting in the engines exhibiting damage relating to overloading, It was therefore decided to repower Ruda and find the Ailsa Craigs a home for their retirement.
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Ruda is a historic ships register vessel was built in 1938 by Lady Bee Ltd, Shoreham on Sea and was utilised as a patrol boat by the Admiralty during WWII and finally passing back into private hands in 1946.
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Kromhout Gardner 3LW(LS) - Year of Manufacture 1948
Kromhout-Gardner 3LS (LW). 32hp @1000rpm, this engine type was built under licence from L Gardner & Sons by Kromhout Motoren Fabriek in Holland. This particular engine is essentially a Gardner 3LW with the added feature that it is a true ships diesel engine (scheepsdiesel) with split crankcase specifically designed for marine use to allow all maintenance to be carried out from above. Similar crankcase design to that of the Gardner L2 series engines.
This engine had been sent to us for inspection and major overhaul after its removal from a 1905 Lux Motor that the owners had recently purcased. It was found that the crankshaft and associated bearings were in a very poor condition which required extensive crankshaft reclaimation work. After a full overhaul and change of settings to allow 36hp @ 1200rpm the engine is now being returned to its owner for refitting.
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