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Pair of Ailsa Craig RF2's

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.

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE INTERNAL FIRE MUSEUM CLICK HERE - LINK TO EXTERNAL SITE

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.

TO READ MORE ABOUT M/Y RUDA CLICK HERE - LINK TO EXTERNAL SITE

Port Engine

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1948 Kromhout Gardner 3LS (LW)

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.

To see a video of this engine running after overhaul click here

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1968 Gardner 2LW

Gardner 2LW - Year of Manufacture 1968

This 1968 built Gardner 2LW. 24hp @ 1200rpm, 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.

The engine is now on its way to its new home to replace a Gardner 4LK in a Canal Narrowboat

To see a video of this engine running after overhaul click here

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1956 Gardner 6L3

Gardner 6L3 - Year of Manufacture 1956

This 1956 built Gardner 6L3, 112hp @ 900 rpm was temporarily removed from the Beta III an ex Thames fire boat and sister ship to the Massey Shaw. This historic ships register vessel was built in 1926 by Merryweathers of Greenwich. Seeing service during WWII fighting fires in London she remained in service until the late 1950's. Shortly after she had her original twin Gleniffer engines removed and this Gardner 6L3 fitted in their place. Having been left idle for some time this engine did start although only on a couple of its six cylinders. It was removed and sent to MPS to carry out the repairs and major servicing required to get the engine in good running order for the Beta III's trip from Rye to the Thames on completion of her restoration and conversion. 

For more details on the work carried out check out the news pages THE BEATING HEART OF THE BETA III

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE BETA III's RESTORATION CLICK HERE - LINK TO EXTERNAL SITE

To see a video of this engine running after overhaul click here

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1964 Lister JK4ME

Lister JK4ME - Year of Manufacture 1964
This Lister JK4ME originally powered a ships generator and is a Marine Auxiliary varient of this engine. This engine produces 62hp @ 1500rpm and is a genuine marine auxiliary unit and has been sold as spares.

1963 Lister JP3M

Lister JP3M - Year of Manufacture 1963

Lister JP3M. 35hp @ 1200rpm, This engine arrived with MPS as a trade in for another engine. It is a genuine marine unit and is complete with 12 volt electric and raised hand start. The orignal Lister fitted Blackstone gearbox was missing, The engine was supplied in its current condition with a replacement Blackstone gearbox for self restoration by its new owner, once completed it will replace the Bolinder fitted in FMC Ling to allow for a more user friendly boat.

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