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Old 03-09-12, 10:48 AM   #1
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Default My First Rally !

My first rally is coming up, and I'm really excited.

However, can anyone tell me roughly how much fuel I need to take ?

It's a two day event, and I estimate a total of 14 to 16 hours total running time. I have a 3.5hp Ruston and Hornsby AP engine, running on zero load.

I shall be trying to keep the engine running at around 150 - 200 rpm.

I have one nice 10 litre jerry can, but am wondering whether to buy another one ? Or am I miles out. I ran the engine for a couple of hours the other day, and it really seems to use very little fuel. I couldn't tell how much it used because there is no fuel guage (!).

I run on 95 RON unleaded, not paraffin.

Thanks for any thoughts.

PS Here is a gratuitous link to a short video of the engine running at 200 rpm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=rQc8pmAC59I
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Old 03-09-12, 11:26 AM   #2
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If you half-fill the engine fuel tank before you travel, you will probably find that you don't even break into the jerry can - take it anyway, of course...

If you were to run out of fuel at your first outing nobody is going to be upset.

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Aside from the fuel question, have you drawn up a check list of all the things you'll need to take? Both stuff for the engine and stuff for you. In the excitement of loading up for a rally I find it's easy to forget little things like hand wipes and a towel, bottles of drinking water, my first aid kit (with wasp sting ointment at this time of year!), sun cream (well, you never know!), etc. Going through my check list before I set off has saved me from forgetting stuff on a few occasions (including the drive belt and my deck-chair)!

Most important of all, don't forget to make sure you've got the necessary public liability insurance to exhibit your engine at a show.

Hope you have a great time and welcome to the world of engine rallying.
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If you half-fill the engine fuel tank before you travel, you will probably find that you don't even break into the jerry can - take it anyway, of course...

If you were to run out of fuel at your first outing nobody is going to be upset.

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Thanks Martin.

I also have 5litres of oil !

All the best

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Aside from the fuel question, have you drawn up a check list of all the things you'll need to take? Both stuff for the engine and stuff for you. In the excitement of loading up for a rally I find it's easy to forget little things like hand wipes and a towel, bottles of drinking water, my first aid kit (with wasp sting ointment at this time of year!), sun cream (well, you never know!), etc. Going through my check list before I set off has saved me from forgetting stuff on a few occasions (including the drive belt and my deck-chair)!

Most important of all, don't forget to make sure you've got the necessary public liability insurance to exhibit your engine at a show.

Hope you have a great time and welcome to the world of engine rallying.
Thanks Jules, that is most helpful. I got my insurance through my local club (5million) because the organisers told me I needed it.

I have a check list, but I'm sure there'll be stuff I'll forget. I have three oil cans and a 25 litre water container, plus an old watering can to fill the hopper. I've even bought a small tent for the deluge.

I do hope there there will be water, as the AP handbook recommends a bucket per hour when running ?? That could be an issue...
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The Ruston 1ZHR diesel uses about 2 gallons of diesel a day on 1kW of lighting load.

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Don't forget the starting handle!!! I have two Bamfords & when i pack up for a rally the starting handle is always with the one i'm not taking.Good luck with the first rally Exciting stuff.
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Just a thought! If you should run out of fuel or have a breakdown. Put a quick note explaining that you are having problems. That way the public & the organisers know that it's not just an entry ticket engine. Ive had a breakdown on two occasions, its a bit embarrasing. I keep a note saying "sorry but ive had a breakdown,and my engines not very well either" Just in case. It raises a smile & makes for some very pleasant conversations. You meet some lovely people at rallies. Good luck again
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The Ruston 1ZHR diesel uses about 2 gallons of diesel a day on 1kW of lighting load.

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Peter what sort of RPM do you run at out of interest, as I imagine that has a bearing on fuel consumption ?

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Just a thought! If you should run out of fuel or have a breakdown. Put a quick note explaining that you are having problems. That way the public & the organisers know that it's not just an entry ticket engine. Ive had a breakdown on two occasions, its a bit embarrasing. I keep a note saying "sorry but ive had a breakdown,and my engines not very well either" Just in case. It raises a smile & makes for some very pleasant conversations. You meet some lovely people at rallies. Good luck again
I'd better get a sign ready just in case
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