Life at the end of the road

June 10, 2012

Cyril starts, Cyril stops :-)

Filed under: Croft house for sale, daily doings, life off grid, listers — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:05 pm

Sorry peeps but if you’re not into old British iron this is going to be an exceedingly dull read tonight 😦 I’m even sorrier for myself because I’ve actually really enjoyed myself despite not having a great deal to show for it.


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My wee Sunday lie in being brought abruptly to an end when wifey sent in Molly and Charlie to get me up 🙂

The day has been fresh, not fresh as in the usual west coast, hold on to your hat and lean into the wind sense, just fresh as in ‘zesty, cool and damp’ without actually raining. A cool zephyr from the north west, barely enough to turn the Proven has made a change from the dry heat of recent days and the damp air that never quite became rain was far kinder on the pigs. They certainly do not like the heat and were much more active today than of late. Jamie Lea’s six piglets being particularly hilarious today, visiting me in the generator shed and even managing to push open the garden gate and charge about the lawn. Luckily I spotted them before any serious damage was done, though the sight of wifey, myself, Molly and Charlie trying to chase them out must have been a picture 🙂

It must have been well after 9:30 when I stepped out of the house in earnest to go and potter about with Cyril in his shed. Cyril being my 1970 Lister SR2 with less than 100 hours on the clock. Yesterday I’d managed to get him starting off the button by fitting a starter motor and today’s plan was to get him stopping.

Actually that’s not quite correct for the plan is to have him permanently stopped with a strong spring on the stop lever then use a 24v solenoid to pull against the spring to put it in the run position. If I were using a simple electric ‘remote push button’ then I would (and have done) do it the other way around. However the reason for doing it this way is so that it can be ‘hard wired’ into the Trace SW4548e inverter to auto stop and start, it is also much easier to wire in emergency shutdowns on the likes of oil pressure and temperature doing it this way.

The first task however was to find a suitable spring amidst the mountains of junk in my sheds,

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and this lot is not coming up to my new shed 🙂

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After an hour of rummaging through old oil lamps without wicks, Volvo door mirrors, Datsun (remember them) oil filters, old diving gear, scratched 45s from the likes of ‘Frankie Valley and the four seasons’, broken oars and thirty year old fibre glass mat, I found this.

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And it was useless, so in desperation I went into my relatively tidy workshop, lifted the box marked ‘SPRINGS’ in large friendly letters and pulled out just the right one !!!! 


Don’t say a word 🙂

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Next I removed the stop lever from the fuel rack and replaced it with a length of aluminium angle drilled in various places to adjust the spring tension.

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When fitting a solenoid, be it for starting or stopping it’s absolutely crucial that the plunger goes fully home when the solenoid is energized. If the plunger does not go right the way in it will continue to draw full power and burn out very quickly, so lots off faffing about is required to get the thing mounted correctly then adjusted.

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By the time our late lunch was ready I’d got it roughly mounted and working off a couple of wires directly off the battery.

After our warmed up risotto the Dude and I went over to the old Torran schoolhouse to cut the grass there. I’m trying to get the boy to do it all on his own

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but it is a bit on the large size, so dad, Molly

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and Charlie

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went along to help 🙂

After dinner it was just a case of wiring it all up properly through a switch on the control box, whilst disconnecting the old ‘DC start button’ and utilising that for the new motor.



I know it’s a little dull and sad but it gave me hours of pleasure, a perfect Sunday job and light on the back 🙂



So I’ll just leave you with the weather


and now I’m off to bed 🙂



  1. Done the same thing with my st 2, also converted my startomatic st2 back up set to work with my trace inverter aswell. I even drew a wring diagram for that as it does away with the troublsome control box. so don’t think it’s a sad thing to do, it’s very necessary

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — June 10, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    • Hi Steve, you don’t have a copy or the times, relay numbers etc do you, just to save me brain melt working it all out again, don’t think I wrote it down in the manual as it was done on Harry by a professional.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 11, 2012 @ 5:24 am

      • it’s all in black and white somewhere, i will scan the diagramme and sort out the trace settings for you asap.

        Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — June 11, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

      • sorted, where do you want them sent..

        Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — June 11, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

      • paul if the images didn’t arrive by email, i will stick them on my blog for you to pinch…

        Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — June 12, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  2. Hi Paul
    the cruise liner MARINA will be quite a sight today anchored off portree, I thought one of the larggest in the world but not even close at 65,000 tonnes/ cost approx 600mil $

    Comment by Alan Patrick — June 11, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    • Just seen her Alan, passing Holm island at 6:30 with the rising sun dazzling her superstructure.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 11, 2012 @ 10:40 am

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