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Old 03-23-2010, 04:42:42 AM
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Hi to all.

I'm a Marine Electrical Fitter living at present in Cape Town South Africa. I work offshore in the oil and gas industry.

Always been around engines from young, including Baby Bee model aircraft engines, started training at age 13 on Briggs and Stratton lawnmower engines. Had a Suzuki 2 stroke bike, Kawasaki 2 stroke 3 cylinder 500cc bike, still have a Kawasaki 900cc Z1 1972 model. Have a 37 year old Land Rover 4 wheel drive fitted with a Ford Essex 3 litre V6 engine.

Worked as the chief electrician on ships for a long time and have sailed on a ship fitted with twin triple expansion steam reciprocating engines and steam generators and pumps. Been in charge of generators from DC generators driven by supercharged V8 45 litre SEMT Pielsticks to PLC controlled Mercedes Benz V16 twin turbo engines.

Present project will be to restore some 1938 Lister Blackstones that used to generate power until 1983 for a small town in the arid Karoo area of South Africa. All still there and with the cost of power in an isolated community these are becoming viable again. Lightning recently knocked out the power lines in a remote location and the town was without power for three days.

Looks like I found a treasure trove of info here. Glad to be here.
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Mech you will find a lot of info here and meet a lot of good people.
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Mech: Welcome aboard (so to speak). You will find all sorts of information on all sorts of struff just reading the posts . Don't be shy in asking questions or providing information to others if you can . Sometimes we wind up in strange places , but we're only a click away no matter where you are, from Harry's the best "OLDENGINE" site going .
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Greetings to South Africa

I purchased several engines from a Andre Culyer from the Black Thorn, South Africa area several years back. That is went old iron was not worth much back then in Cape Town.

A very kind chap, but I believe Andre is gone now.
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Thanks for the welcome guys. I can see that I will enjoy my time here with like minded people.
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"OFF shore"....... .......in this hobby it HELPS to be a little OFF....... ....... welcome.......
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I am then emminently qualified to belong to this forum then Sir! I have been politely described as eccentric while those less kind have been known to use words like "Off the rocker".
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