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Old 07-31-2017, 08:32:13 AM
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We've been looking at this engine for a couple of years while another antique equipment museum decided its disposition.

They called us a month or so ago and told us we could have it, mostly because we have the space (or will have) to display it and willing hands to restore it.

It has some issues - a crack in the head and the belt pulley is broken and parts of the spokes are missing. We are also going to need to separate the clutch drive and the flywheel from the crankshaft in order to clean up the crankshaft and check for straightness.

The flywheel is 6 feet diameter and probably a foot wide, weighing i'm told 7000 lbs.

More pictures to follow.
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Is that an HR6 series engine? Likely would have an EX on the nameplate too . Rob
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:15:54 PM
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rob jean from quebec,i will have a very original Ruston 1xhr in portland ,any interest.
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Jean I would be interested in that.
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Hey all,

here are a couple more photos of us loading and unloading the engine. I have a video uploading that will be done shortly.

The head has some cracks between the cylinder head stud holes and water jacket. From what i've seen, they don't look too bad and shouldn't be too hard to seal up.

the cylinder/frame will be temporarily mounted on a cart so i can wheel it into my personal shop and pressure wash it, check out the piston, rings, bore, governor, etc. The engine has some nice pinstriping on it which i will photograph and re create when i paint the engine. I would have liked to keep the original patina and paint, but i think too much of it is gone to be worth it.

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That engine has a removable sleeve which has an Oring at the back. Might leak Might not. You may want to pull the sleeve and change it.What size is it? HR6 HR7 ?Did you get the handcrank? I have an HR6 electric lighting and a 25 KW generator. Built in 1935. Rob
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We are thinking of putting this engine in our current Engine Shed, along with the Atlas and the Fairbanks diesel engines. We have room for it, but will need to cut the floor and excavate to pour a base for the engine and flywheel support to bear on.

Now to figure out the correct dimensions to accomplish that.


We believe the engine is a 7XHR, 40HP at 300RPM.

If anyone is in the area, stop in and visit with us At the Zagray Farm Museum in Colchester, CT. PM on of us to co-ordinate.
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Nice engine, I like the unloading (or was it loading) with the dragline!
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Here is the first video of the Ruston! if i have the time, the base will go on a cart this weekend or next and come to my shop.

https://youtu.be/uUFsOeJ1wE0

Rob, thanks for the info on the sleeve o-ring. Do you know if it's something i could replace with a McMaster o-ring or similar, or is it special? And as far as a hand crank goes, i think this engine is a bit large to have one of those! It will be cranked over on air.

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And as far as a hand crank goes, i think this engine is a bit large to have one of those! It will be cranked over on air.

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Just grab a young friend and have at 'er. I start my Class 4 Ruston by hand crank
I was told of a Class 3 17hp here in Ontario that starts on 1/2 compression with a lit wick by rolling the flywheel over the top by hand, no crank
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