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Old 07-23-2009, 09:03:16 AM
Reiver Reiver is offline
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Hi Smokers. Its another Lister nut from England.

Just got a McCormick M 3HP and its very different to my Listers. Compression good and all main bits in place. Looks like it just needs setting in order then putting on wheels. Famous last words or what?

I'm trying to get a parts list in case I need any new bits I cant get or make over here. Because we speak a different language. Over here a Muffler is something a girl might wear round her neck in winter and gas is what one cooks ones dinner on.

Any advice as to where I might post questions would be welcome? I'll try to remember to say Tomato, not Tomato
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:35:07 PM
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Welcome to Smokstak! Hands across the sea and all that!

There's also the gudgeon pin versus wrist pin and the "coal oil" or "kerosene" versus "parrafin thing.

Petrol, anyone?

I think you'll fit right in. We're all a bit odd here.

Take care - Elden
In the heart of the Redneck Riviera - the Florida panhandle in the U S of A.
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Hey there Reiver, I'm an old American but a long time anglophile. Visited over there in April and May of '72 and enjoyed every minute. Saw 96 steamers at Battersea Park, London at Expo Steam. As for your M international they are about as common an engine over here as there is and a real good runner when well tuned up. The three horse is a nice size for a lot of appliances and a six is about a perfect match for a 30 inch buzz saw for wood cutting. I'll ck for you on parts and service availablities. I feel sure there is an IH group that should have Literature especially if you don't mind reprints. I have a one and a half M here in the garage with a five Hercules and six Bessemer and several Maytags. Best wishes.
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Well, this is touchy. I just sent a welcome to Mr Mouse so I'll copy it for you:
"Hi Reiver, welcome aboard. I know England has a great tradition of steam and engine fair. I served in the U. S. Air Force for four year in the midlands at RAF Upper Heyford, north of Oxford and we lived at Middle Barton. The first steam and engine shows I ever went to were in England. There were several in that area and I have been hooked ever since".
Most of my 30 or so engines ar McCormick Deering/International. A 1 1/2 HP "M" was my lucky first engine. They may be common, but they are good engines, parts, manuals, decals and help are readily available, and they run and work very well.
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I have a 1 1/2hp jd. How do I check to see if the charge is strong enough with out grabbing the igniter wire?
I know with a buzz coil you can see the spark jump, but I do not know how to test this kind of continuous spark.
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