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A friend of mine has just bought a Ruston Hornsby 2 cylinder Diesel and I was wondering if anyone...

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Old 02-25-2008, 06:13 AM
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Default Ruston Hornsby ID info needed.

A friend of mine has just bought a Ruston Hornsby 2 cylinder Diesel and I was wondering if anyone can tell me anything about the series. I have checked out Ray Hooleys site but found very little on them, only that it looks like it may have been made between 1936 and 1944. It looks like its about 10 HP but it doesn't say on the plate.

It is a 2 cylinder,
Size 2
Class VSO
No 194881

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Old 02-25-2008, 02:11 PM
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Ray hasn't got much of the modern stuff on his site yet, mainly as I haven't had time to collate it and scan the information.......

VSO and the VSH engine I may have information on, but I am in Gibraltar this week so cannot get any data until we return.

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Old 02-26-2008, 07:56 AM
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Thanks for answering Peter, I was hoping you may know something. I am real patient, there's no hurry.
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Default Re: Ruston Hornsby ID info needed.

A quick look through the engine manuals and we have an operator's manual for the VSOM marine version of your engine.

I'll dig some more and see what else we have.

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Thanks Peter,
Its funny you mentioning a "marine" version, I was looking at it on Vic's trailer and said to him I reconed they would have been used in marine aplications. They certainly wouldn't have needed much ballast in the boat ! Struth they are heavy for their size. Rustons certainly didn't skimp on cast iron.
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Default Re: Ruston Hornsby ID info needed.

Hey Peter: Did you see the pictures of the Ruston CR I am getting? On my website at www.engineutopia.com under the gallery section.

Sorry my Australian friend, it is single cylinder (but I think there are some video of Ruston double cylinders running on YouTube).

Any suggestions for a good looking trailer mount for that a Ruston CR diesel?

Love to see pictures of your friends double cylinder.

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Hey Peter: Did you see the pictures of the Ruston CR I am getting? On my website at www.engineutopia.com under the gallery section.
Yep, and also replied to you after I had a peek....

The later VSO VTO VTH engines are monoblock vertical water cooled diesels and totally unlike the horizontal engines.

We had one of them here, can't remember which type it was now, but spares were a problem and I already had too much old iron anyway!

If you get a chance to look at a Lister CD or CE engine, you'll notice a lot of similarities between the two makes, more than just random stuff.

Lister and Ruston had an agreement about engine types and sizes that they would both manufacture to save any direct competition. There was apparently some inter-company manufacturing according to Ray Hooley:

http://www.oldengine.org/members/ruston/History4.htm

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Yes, when I had a look at Vic's Ruston I saw a lot of similarities between it and the CD lister I contacted you about several months ago. I didn't know there was any co operation between Lister and Ruston though and that is interesting, I just asumed it was 2 English designs competing with each other in the same time frame and making "simmilar" designs.
That CD Lister is pretty much back together now, but we have had a bit of a problem with the injector. It was left open to the elements and had water laying in it for a long time. I have mostly got it repaired using parts from a Southern Cross YB, and with a bit of luck she should be going in a week or two. (I hope)

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I've a vertical twin Ruston here of about 18 hp. I'll have to have a closer look at it.
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G'Day Ray,
Any chance of a photo ? You can E to me if you want its in my profile or post to "Robbie" he will forward it.
I am the "middle aged grey haired rustohaulic" you asked him about last year. Nice to make your aquainance.
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G,day Graham,no doubt I will end up catching up with you sometime. We are only a few hours apart. I'm busy out on site working on "big yellow lorry's" for the next few days but I will get some pics on the week end and get them to you.
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Graham,heres a few pics if I can work out how to post. It seems to be a SHN. Do youo have any info on this engine Peter?
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Graham,heres a few pics if I can work out how to post. It seems to be a SHN. Do youo have any info on this engine Peter?
VSH is the type number, the N at the end is for something special in the build.

I'll have another look in the books and see what is there.

There was a whole range of these smaller engines made, I'll try and list their details with bore/stroke sizes etc.

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Thanks Peter, and thanks Ray for the pic, different to Vics although there is family simmilarities. Sorry, I havn't got a photo of his, and he's taken it down to Mount Barker now, so I won't be seeing it for a while, its about 300 miles away.
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