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 inspected and overhauled as required and returned 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 Serving at Padstow, Cornwall from 1967 to 1983 and then The Lizard, Cornwall from 1983 until 1987 when she was withdrawn from service.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 EngineTo see a video of the port engine running after overhaul click here
Stbd EngineTo see a video of the starboard engine running after overhaul click here
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.To see a video of this engine running after repair click here
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.
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.To see a video of this engine running after overhaul click here
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.To see a video of this engine running click here