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Old 24-05-18, 05:52 PM   #1
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Default 1926 Ruston 3RG town gas engine restoration

Itís been a while since I posted one of my restorations on here, however if Iím still welcome here I go with my Ruston 3RG town gas engine No 124975.
If youíve seen one of these please PM me, according to Ray Hooley it was sold on 6. 12. 1926, to Henry Page & Co,Ltd, Maltsters, High Street, Ware - via agents Bilbie, Hobson & Co, London.
I think itís around 7hp but Ray doesnít even know that info and has no brochures.
This engine was buried in an old blokeís barn who passed on and it hasnít been touched, incredibly even though itís rusty everything is coming off/undone as if new, none of the nuts and bolts have been insulted with Incorrect spanners ectí, it also had compression and the flick igniter mag produces volts when flicked.
This is a very unusual Ruston as this is a hit and miss governed jobby.
Iíve obtained a rather nice cast iron trolley that it should look good on as well so this restoration shouldnít take as long as others have.
Here is a picture and some of start of restoration strip down.










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Old 24-05-18, 06:26 PM   #2
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Good to see you posting again Richard, looking forward to reading about the restoration.

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Old 24-05-18, 06:38 PM   #3
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It's always nice to work on an engine that appears to have been untouched since it was built ,it will be a fine engine once it's finished
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That is a beauty Richard. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on it.

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Old 24-05-18, 08:23 PM   #5
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A very interesting engine, looking forward to following the progress.

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Old 24-05-18, 09:41 PM   #6
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Good to see you back Richard,
What is most unusual about your engine is that all the head, governor and ignition gear is exactly the same as the early Hornsby Petrol engines which were developed from the Andrews gas engines. Hornsby made these engines in this form from 1906 until about 1914 when the governor changed and finally they morphed into the IP and AP.

I would not be surprised if your engine is a one off for a special order as it looks to be a hybrid of the early Hornsby and the Ruston.

This begs the question WHY? our hobby is full of surprises and this is one of them. I am looking forward to seeing this engine running and they do run very nice.

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Old 24-05-18, 10:49 PM   #7
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That is very impressive, I am looking forward to this thread.
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I can only echo what other have said, looking forward to seeing your progress

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Thank you for all the kind comments
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Good to see you back Richard,
What is most unusual about your engine is that all the head, governor and ignition gear is exactly the same as the early Hornsby Petrol engines which were developed from the Andrews gas engines. Hornsby made these engines in this form from 1906 until about 1914 when the governor changed and finally they morphed into the IP and AP.

I would not be surprised if your engine is a one off for a special order as it looks to be a hybrid of the early Hornsby and the Ruston.

This begs the question WHY? our hobby is full of surprises and this is one of them. I am looking forward to seeing this engine running and they do run very nice.

Merv
Hello Merv
Thank for your input, one thing I need to cast for this otherwise intact engine is the governor gear safety cover (if you look at third picture you'll see the remains of the original at top).
Would the 1906-1914 Hornsby's have had the same guard? if so could you point me at a picture of one so that I can get this as accurate as possible please.
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