Archive for February 2010

Listeroid Gaskets

February 28, 2010

Earlier this month I wrote about Lister and Listeroid gaskets. Lister is an old English firm that manufactured a line of diesel engines that are popular around the world to this day, so popular that they continue to be manufactured in India by many different firms. These Indian copies are referred to as ‘Listeroids’ by the Lister engine communityto differentiate them from the genuine Lister engines.  Many are identical or almost identical to the originals, but the cylinder head pattern is one important area of difference. Lister OEM pattern head gaskets will fit many Listeroids, but there will be redundant bolt holes and the water passages do not match up 100%.

From what I have been able to gather, the Indian manufacturers have a habit of leaving swarf in the castings and the engines must be cleaned up and rebuilt in order for them to last. They also come with very poor quality gaskets, which is why many Lister owners came to us for help. At our Lister gasket web site http://www.listergasketstogo.com we supply a head gasket for Lister and Listeroids that has been very well received by Lister owners, and we will be soon adding Listeroid patterns to our list of gaskets on the site. I will post a picture of one of these below along with the Lister pattern so you can see the difference. As always, we can customize both patterns with different bore sizes.

Listeroid 10/1 Head Gasket

Our Lister CS Series pattern available at www.listergaskets.com

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Stover DV2

February 28, 2010

Stover was one of the larger American industrial engine manufacturers. If my research is correct they were in business from 1895 to 1942. Shutting down in 1942 seems  curious, what with war-time production at capacity. I wonder why Stover wasn’t busy with government contracts to make engines or any other needed material? Perhaps a reader can enlighten us as to why that was the case?

The customer sent a scan for this gasket, and asked for copper sandwich construction. The backing grid indicated that it was not printing out at 1:1, so I foolishly adjusted it so that it would print out correctly. What I didn’t know was that the customer (without realizing it) had scanned it at less than full size, so the result was that I sent him a pile of gaskets that were the wrong size! We sorted that out, but just to be safe the customer sent the old gasket to us and we redid the batch.  I have since revised the scanning instructions at www.gasketstogo.com/scans.htm to make things clearer.

Stover DV2

Finished gaskets along with used pattern gasket

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Komatsu Mini-Excavator

February 28, 2010

More than a few of our customers are looking for gaskets for Chinese and Japanese industrial engines. With the sheer number of different models and differences in domestic and export names it can be tough to find gaskets, particularly if they are no longer sold. This customer had a Komatsu Mini-Excavator with what he suspected might be a Yanmar engine. He sent a scan, and after receiving a quotation  sent us the old pattern to work from. We created the gasket using a metal-mesh reinforced non-asbestos composite material from Interface Solutions, with steel fire rings and one water passage bushed in copper. I will insert images of the scan and one of the  gaskets we made below:

The customer marked the hole to be bushed in copper with a circle. We marked the scan up in red text for our use.

And here is an image of one of the new gaskets. Note the copper bush in the lower left-hand corner of the gasket:

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Springs & Fasteners-Continued

February 27, 2010

Gaskets-to-Go has a very close relationship with a firm that can manufacture almost any kind of spring or fastener. For most springs we can supply your requirements in quantities of from one on up. To furnish you with a quote we need an image with dimensions  or a drawing. The images below show only a small portion of the different types of springs and fasteners we can help you with. Currently we are producing a set of brake springs for an old American make and will be posting those here soon.

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Multi-layer Steel (MLS) Exhaust Gaskets

February 27, 2010

This customer sent a scan of two exhaust gaskets and asked us to make replacements in the form of a multi-layer steel (MLS) gaskets. As the name implies, these are made of multiple layers of steel with a steel fire ring. In this case the fire ring we supplied was made from stainless steel. He wanted something a bit thicker than 2.0mm, so we proposed 2.4mm. I will paste images of  the scan the customer sent and the MLS gaskets below:

Scan of original Armstrong style metal sandwich exhaust gaskets

Finished MLS Exhaust Gaskets with SS Fire Ring from Gaskets-to-Go

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1910 Fairbanks Morse 2 HP Vertical

February 27, 2010

A growing portion of our business comes from those restoring old industrial and farm engines. In this particular case the customer sent scans of a composite head gasket and solid copper exhaust gaskets for a 1910 Fairbanks Morse  2HP vertical he is restoring. We used those to provide a quotation, and to make the gaskets once he decided to place an order. Upon receiving the gaskets this customer wrote back to say that he had just, “…received the gaskets and they fit just fine, Good job,” which is always nice to hear. I will paste below an image of a similar machine , followed by the customer’s scans and our gaskets.

Fairbanks Morse Vertical Engine

Customer Supplied Scans

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Meadows HDC Engine

February 15, 2010

Meadows made lots of engines and gearboxes for industrial, automotive, and marine use in the U.K. until it merged with another company and the name disappeared in 1960. A customer asked for a quotation based on a drawing in .dxf format, which I will paste below. The type of gasket requested was non-asbestos copper sandwich construction, and in addition to the bore there were three passages that needed to be sealed or bushed, i.e. the copper needed to be folded over in those area. To let us know which ones he marked those will a C.

Here is one of the finished gaskets:

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