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I saw an engine a week or so ago. A Sheppard single cylinder diesel. I'd like to know more about it and wondered if anyone here could enlighten me. Googling has not been of any use. I didn't think to take pictures of it when I saw it... sigh.

It was a vertical cylinder with exposed push rods. Looked to be 1940's maybe? I was told it came out of a lifeboat and powered a generator. For scale it stood close to 3' tall and I'd expect it to weigh ~ 500 lbs. Not much to go on but that's all I know.

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R.H. Sheppard Co. diesel engines were built in Hanover, PA. They built several sizes and styles up to about 50 hp.
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They were built in 1,2,3 & 4 cylinder models. They also made a line of tractors using these engines & a conversion setup to install the SD 4 engine into the IHC "M" tractor. I have never seen one of these conversions, but have read about them. I have seen a few Sheppard Diesel tractors over the years....The SD3 & the SD4.
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Default Re: Sheppard single cylinder diesel

The 1949 Diesel Engine Catalog (#14) shows a Model 8 vertical diesel with what looks like exposed pushrods. Listed as 3" bore and 4" stroke, weight 560#.

2kW output at 1800rpm in a generating set or 5.4hp @ 2000 rpm as a standalone power unit.

There was also a Model 14 with the same bore & stroke but it was air cooled. Power is the same as the Model 8.

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The 1949 Diesel Engine Catalog (#14) shows a Model 8 vertical diesel with what looks like exposed pushrods. Listed as 3" bore and 4" stroke, weight 560#.

2kW output at 1800rpm in a generating set or 5.4hp @ 2000 rpm as a standalone power unit.
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Thanks Peter that's very useful information. It sounds like the engine I was looking at.

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Well, to update a year old thread this engine found it's way to my shed today. ListerDiesel called it, a model 8. Not stuck, apparently ran a number of years ago (didn't they all?). The gentleman I bought it from saved it from the scrapman 25 yrs ago. Sadly the generator made it to heavy for one person to move around and was lost.

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No starter or ring gear.

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Perhaps the best part is it came with paper!

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Of course I'm very curious now and would like to know details such as date of manufacture etc.. Are there other owner's on this forum? Does anyone have photos they can share?

It has been a good day.
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Default Re: Sheppard single cylinder diesel

An older gentleman used to bring a Sheppard genset to the show here. It was apparently a later model than yours, the pushrods were enclosed. Nice, smooth-running engine for a one-lunger...he had it on a trailer pulled behind a VW Jetta.
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It's like one in that series of engines that were also used as power units for lifeboats built during WWII. What is the date of the CG manual? I have bits and pieces of several catalogs that have Sheppard stuff in them but not that engine and generator combo. Sheppard is in the '42 Diesel Engine Catalog (#7) but only the Model 6 (3-cyl., 24 hp power unit) and the Model 7 (1-cyl, 8 hp with a 5KW generator). I know they offered more than this but I suppose wanted to highlight their best products.
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It's like one in that series of engines that were also used as power units for lifeboats built during WWII. What is the date of the CG manual?
Amazingly there are no dates anywhere on the Coast Guard instruction book. Do you know if they were used for propulsion on the lifeboats or gensets only?
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Default Re: Sheppard Single Cylinder Diesel

The basic engine was used in several applications but I am now not so sure yours is that, though it's similar. Look on page 463 of C.H.Wendell's Gas Engine book and it shows a 3-3/4 air cooled single cylinder engine that is similar and said was introduced in 1946. I think your water cooled version predates it though it shares the 3x4 B&S and power output.

Here is a video of one that is reputedly a lifeboat diesel:
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uz7XlJMeUQ>

And here is a Sheppard SD-1 tractor with a similar engine:
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6Y8-qjWUI0>
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