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Lister Engine Dating - a Rough Guide

jayvee

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Hi all,
The following may be useful for roughly dating your A or B type and also types H,J,K,L,M,N,P,Q and R.
Unfortunately the list cannot be treated as 100% accurate because a duplicate set of 'engine build day books' provide conflicting information as shown by the numbers in brackets. However, as a general guide the list should be helpful, and reasonably accurate form 1928 onwards.
Please note these are build dates and not dates of sale.

(These dates were given to me by another enthusiast. I believe they are courtesy of David Edgington)

1923 34557 (34561) - 38037 (38052)
1924 38053 (38075) - 44843 (44847)
1925 44844 (44848) - 53072 (53299)
1926 53073 (53300) - 61233 (61578)
1927 61234 (61579) - 69596 (69627)
1928 69628 - 78095
1929 78096 - 208767
1930 208768 - 216463
1931 216464 - 220613
1932 220614 - 222840
1933 222841 - 225967
1934 225968 - 229735
1935 229736 - 233647
1936 233648 - 237993
1937 237994 - 242482
1938 242483 - 245464
1939 245465 - 248820
1940 248821 - 252369
1941 252370 - 254677
1942 254678 - 256489
1943 256490 - 257975
1944 257976 - 258735
1945 258736 - 260795
1946 260796 - 262274
1947 262275 - 263720
1948 263721 - 268062
1949 268063 - 272799
1950 272800 - 274579 (May 1950)
1951 275829 - 278880
1952 278881 - 279284

So there you have it.
I've probably gone and spoilt all your fun :rant:

Best wishes, jayvee :wave:

---------- Post added at 09:00 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:54 PM ----------

Hi all,
So what happened after 1952??

Lister changed their numbering system (again) by introducing a very simple method with which to date any post 1952 A or B engine.
Every January, until production ceased, engine serial numbers commenced with number 1, while the Spec number determined the year the engine was built. So A2 was built in 1952, A3 = 1953, B4 = 1954, A5 = 1955, etc.
Simple really. Just remember that a short serial number means a post 1952 engine.

A2/B2 = 1952
A3/B3 = 1953
A4/B4 = 1954
A5/B5 = 1955
A6/B6 = 1956
A7/B7 = 1957
A8/B8 = 1958
A9/B9 = 1959
A10/B10 = 1960
A11/B11 = 1961
A12/B12 = 1962

Hoping this info also helps

Best wishes, jayvee
 

Oldsiron

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01/17/2013
Re: Lister engine dating - a rough guide

John, here is a original:eek: lister serial no listing page I have,
I didn't look to closely, but noticed the serial nos are slightly different to your listing??
Regards, Chris
lister dating.jpg
 

Merv C

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Re: Lister engine dating - a rough guide

Chris's one is the one I use, I have had it for a very long time.
Merv
 

Clapper

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72
Re: Lister engine dating - a rough guide

Hi

Just been given a 3hp lister petrol engine, at the moment it is buried deep into the back of a shed. The only info I could get of it given the poor light is HP 3, RPM 450, Engine # 26988 Type was hard to see I think 51B or 51D. The top of the cylinder head has two oval plates, the one on the right has the spark plug in it and the one on left is blank, looks to be a valve inspection covers. the engine is tank cooled and the fuel tank what's left of it mounted on the wooden base, below the carby. Any info on this engine would be much appreciated.

Regards

Ian
 

cobbadog

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Re: Lister engine dating - a rough guide

Looks as if there maybe a single digit missing on your engine number or just not good enough light to see?
 

Merv C

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Re: Lister engine dating - a rough guide

Ian Your description makes me think that it is a "J" If it I think that number is correct and it would date late 1923 or 1924
However the spec number doesn't match.
If it is an 'A' then there could be a number missing. A photo when you get it home would help to come up with more info.

Merv.
 

Clapper

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72
Re: Lister engine dating - a rough guide

Hi Merv

Just Googled Lister J, and watched a couple of vids that looks to be one. I'll take the camera on my next visit. it will be some time before I get the engine home, we are in the process of selling the farm and moving house, so no point in moving it twice. Thanks for your help.

Regards


Ian
 

Scotty 2

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Hello Ian
The 61 is the spec or specification number. When Lister changed something it became another spec number.
With an engine number that low I would say early 1920's. 1920-1921 at a guess.
Your engine is a nice example. A very sort after J with the flick magneto.

Cheers Scott
 

jayvee

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Hi Ian,
According to my book of useless information.
From #24610 to 64781, 61J to 77J had some sort of variation to the cylinder. What exactly it does not say. It could also replace J9 which was the style of combined cylinder & head, of side valve design.

Whether this is of any help to you. :shrug:

Best wishes, jayvee
 

PascalNamibia

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My grandfather bought a Lister engine. I now would like to find out how old it is. A numbering is cast on it: 8-2-44, is this the date of casting? On the plate the following details are listed: No: 93712212, 12 HP, 650 RPM. It is water cooled and running with Diesel.

Any information would be appreciated!

Regards
Pascal
 
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