Starting a 1953 Lister JP2 in royalty class motor boat Victoria. The sequence goes like this:
- Check the oil (it's a bit low at the moment!)
- Grease the water pump
- Set the throttle (it's actually overriding the governor)
- Move the valve lifters to open
- Put on the "Patented one man auto start string"
- Place the starting handle
- Make sure your thumbs aren't crossed over the bar (in case of back fire)
- Turn like hell (especially if it's cold)
- Once firing on one cylinder drop the valve lifter on the other cylinder
- Once running up to speed take the throttle over ride off, ensuring that the alternator is charging (light goes off).
The next bit, not normally done unless running under high load (like pulling a loaded butty, or high speed river running), but for the video:
- With enough throttle turn the change-over valves quickly and smartly to the "run" position. This puts a second chamber in communication with the main chamber thus lowering the compression ratio. This reduces stress on the engine, but needs extra heat in the engine to run cleanly. Note that during the change over the cylinder vents outside (hence the need for some throttle).
Note: The engine was hot during this start - in fact I started the engine over 10 times - hence the heavy breathing at times :-)
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