The Great Engine Hoist : pictures

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I come from an engineering family. I know no-one who enjoys playing with engines more than my father. Within days of me buying a boat he had opened up the engine and taken the cylinders off to re-fit the piston rings. Admittedly, the reason he did this is that the engine had failed and we were stranded thirty miles outside Oxford with an immobile boat. But I have a feeling it would have happened anyway sooner or later.

Amongst the reasons for the failure was the fact that my boat was equipped was a fairly antique engine. A fine piece of British engineering, a Lister LR2 made in 1969, but an old engine. He managed to scrape the coke off the piston heads, replace the piston rings, give the cylinders a scrub, adjust the injectors and put it back together, and the engine sprung back into life. But it’s never quite been the same as it was back in 1969.

I got an excited email from him a few months ago, saying that he had found a better engine at a superb price and how did I feel about swapping engines. It’s a lot of disruption swapping out an engine (it’s more complicated than it sounds, and it sounds quite complicated) and I ummed and aaahd for a bit. Before I’d stopped umming, I got another mail saying that he had bought it.

The new engine is a Lister SR2. It has greater horsepower, and the unit itself is in far far better nick.

So last weekend, he arrived with a load of equipment in tow. Every item had at least two uses. The plan is twofold.

  1. Remove the old engine
  2. Install the new engine

Here are photos from the removal. Let the record show that I did actually help, but I also took photos. Scroll to the bottom for a video I personally find very amusing.

You can read what happened next!

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