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Past Engines

Shown below are some of the previous engines that Marine Power Services have reconditioned or supplied over the years. There is a selection of photos from each engines rebuild showing the progress from start to finish.

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1960 Dorman 3LB

Dorman 3LB - Year of Manufacture approx 1960

1960 built Dorman 3LB. 47hp @ 1500rpm, Originally powering a Jones crane this engine is now undergoing a major overhaul and conversion to marine specification.

Although a less sought after traditional narrowboat engine these Dorman's are probably the best sounding of all the engines we do, with its long stroke each firing stroke is well defined and gives that sound that will get passers by asking what engine it is.

This engine was completed with 2:1 ratio PRM 280 gearbox and Twin 175A alternators.

TO SEE A VIDEO OF THIS ENGINE RUNNING AFTER OVERHAUL CLICK HERE

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1953 Gardner 2LW

Gardner 2LW- Year of Manufacture 1953

Gardner 2LW engine. 24hp @ 1200rpm. This engine is an cast iron crankcase example of this legendary British engine marque. Repatriated from Canada by its current owner it was originally with MPS to repair some damage to the flywheel bell housing caused during shipping and to assess the engines general condition for further use. However during inspection prior to test run bearing material was found in the oil and the engine was then fully overhauled.

TO SEE A VIDEO OF THIS ENGINE DURING ITS INITIAL TEST RUN AFTER OVERHAUL CLICK HERE

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1963 Lister JK4

Lister JK4 - Year of Manufacture 1963

Lister jk4. 62hp @ 1500rpm, Originally powering a standby generator this by Lister's JK has seen little use. This perticular example includes electric start and later centrifugal type water pump.

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Pair of 1966 Gardner 6LX's

Gardner 6LX's - Year of Manufacture 1966

This pair of Gardner 6LX's, 110hp @ 1300 rpm, had been removed along with their Gardner 2UC gearboxes from ex-RNLI Oakley class lifeboat Number 48-02 (ON989), RNLB James and Catherine Macfarlane for inspection and overhaul after nearly 30 years of laying idle. These engines were stripped, inspected and overhauled as required and return to their home ready to power this old lifeboat once again.

RNLB James and Catherine Macfarlane, was built by Berthon Boat Company, Lymington in 1967. Serving at Padstow, Cornwall from 1967 to 1983 and then The Lizard, Cornwall from 1983 until 1987 when she was withdrawn from service. Early in 1988 she was put on display to the public at Lands End, Cornwall where she remained until mid 2016 when due to her deteriorating condition she was sold to the current owners.

Port Engine

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Stbd Engine

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1960 Gardner 4LW

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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