Smith Rodley 21 the resurrection.

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Smith Rodley 21 the resurrection.

Post #1 by Anders » Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:37 pm

I got the opportunity to participate in bringing an old Smith 21 shovel back to life.
As far as we know it has been sitting idle for about 40 years with the master clutch stuck.
The first goal is to get the old Gardner diesel running againg. Apparently the fuel injection pump was jammed solid but I had that taken apart and cleaned, so now the plungers move freely.

Looks a bit like a diamond in the rough
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The old Gardner 6LW
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You just got to love the old iron made by real craftsmen
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With best regards
Anders


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Re: Smith Rodley 21 the resurrection.

Post #2 by Jeremy Rowland » Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:02 pm

Great project Anders :thumbup: the engine is a Gardner 6LW and now you have had the pump freed off it should start fairly easily so long as no damp has got into the cylinders, I trust you will turn the engine over by hand to check it has not had a standing seizure first?

These engines are fitted with de-compressor levers to aid starting by hand; good luck with it please let us know how you get on with it. :thumbup:

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Re: Smith Rodley 21 the resurrection.

Post #3 by Anders » Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:19 pm

The engine moves very smoothly actually, so it shouldn´t be any more trouble ;)
According to the former owners wife, it has a beautiful sound, and she told me last time I was there to work with the injection pump that she is really looking forward to hear it again :D
Our goal is to have it moved home before winter really arrives, which is actually a very tight schedule. But hey, everything is possible! :lol:

There will be more photos and films of it to show the progress :)

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Re: Smith Rodley 21 the resurrection.

Post #4 by Anders » Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:55 pm

Finally got the old Gardner running the other day!
Next task is to get the digging lock working. And after that, who knows? Hopefully everything else will work just fine! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe0Q8K6P1H0

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Re: Smith Rodley 21 the resurrection.

Post #5 by Jeremy Rowland » Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:57 pm

Well done Anders :claphands: that Gardner sounds fine to me. :thumbup:

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