Sunday, June 18, 2006

Get the engine going

The first years I owned my barge Luxor, I gave attention to all sorts of things but only minimal work was done on the engine. To be honest I lacked the confidence and the energy to make the necessary improvements. To make a long story short, a few days of work transformed a tired old engine to a spunky little thing that is expected to take me all the way to western Belgium the end of next week.
I thought some of you might like to see how I start this 25 hp 4-stroke 2-cylinder diesel manually - It has an electric starter too.

Samofa Diesel Engine

14 comments:

gypsy noir said...

wow! koos that was amazing got a lovely sound...and i must say your looking pretty dapper..and a big cuddle and kiss for you for my birhtday tribute aswell as val...thankyou so much...xxxx....

elena said...

Hola Koos!!!!

I love the engine sound too, hehe, you did a good job!!
I'm very glad that you liked the photos from Madrid...it's a wonderful city, you and Val have to come to visit me..:):)..
I'm supposed to go to Russia this summer, I'm visiting Moscow and Saint Petersburg, but we haven't booked anything yet....I'm looking forward to it...thanks for the link, wonderful photos!!

Love,

Elena
XXXXXX

Koos F said...

Thanks Gypsy
See how many kisses come in through this channel! Life is worth living that way. ;-)

It was great fun assembling that image for you. Val set up the plan and delivered most of the material, I know my way around in Photoshop.
So we did both what we are good at.

Hi Elena
Wouldn't that be lovely, a visit to you in Madrid! But first you're off to Russia! Have you flown over it using Earth Google? Very detailed!
I have put the link to the boat lift on my blog. It took me years to find pictures of it and I am by no means disappointed: what an amazing piece of engineering!

Oh and... Dali knew how to paint a rose, didn't he? Beautiful!

gypsy noir said...

you are both exellent at what you do and with such love too...i do feel the kisses....life is good with people like you and val in it..xx...

Anne-Marie said...

Hi Koos,
I too loved the sound of the engine coming to life. And the hat is very spiffy.

Cheers,
AM

Koos F said...

Hi Anne-Marie
The hat is very necessary these days, what with the heat, I would have the perspiration in my eyes all the time!

(Not transpiration says Val, that's Dutch - or French if you like.)

The hat's design is very good for my skippper's image ;-)

BallerinaGurl said...

Wow that was fascinating Koos! I really enjoy watching shows and reading about how things work. You are a man of many talents and how cool to live on a barge. I must see it one day as I have said in the past. It seem like a very romantic type of living. Does the engine sound lul you to sleep I ask?

X-Molly

Erik-Jan said...

Hi Koos,
Wonderfull that is for shure.
Is this
Luxor's original engine or did it replace an earlier one?
Erik-Jan.

Koos F said...

Hi Erik-Jan
Quite surely the original engine was a Kromhout 1 cylinder hot bulb engine (year 1920), quite like Val's Industrie.
Samofa is a post-second world war product.
Still the right kind of sound for a barge like this - and very economical.
Glad you like it!

Dale said...

Hi Koos

So you were able to tweak the engine after all!

I got a kick out of the photo, you & your favourite diesel guzzler.

Unfortunately I can't see the Quicktime movie.
You know the sorry computer details.
I'll try it at work!

Love
Dale

Koos F said...

Yes Dale, my engine even gave up smoking! except for the first 15 minutes, like all diesel engines.

Mary Beth said...

Hi Koos,

That's quite the process, there - so interesting to watch! I agree with Anne Marie in that it's so satisfying to hear something like that come to life. Oh, and I also agree with her opinion of your hat! :)

Thanks for coming to my blog! I left a response to your comments on there. :)

Dale said...

Koos, thank God I heard from her.
She is safe, but not home...


Thank You


xxx
Dale

Dale said...

Koos, you are such a sweet man!

I am proud call you my friend.

Thank You!

Love
Dale