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Bruce Lendrum
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2002 - 01:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am looking for information on a Scottish power plant used to power a small tug in New York(Kit).
It was from a firm named Kalven. I understand it to be from the M.A.N. design. Any information on the firm or power plants?
Bruce Lendrum
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Bruce Lendrum
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2002 - 05:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Make that a Kelvin K2- 44 bhp made about 1935. I have been laught at by people who "Know" Diesel but I can remember being told about buy spark plugs for her. Who is crazy?
Bruce
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andrew
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2002 - 10:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bruce,
Here is a link to a site with Kelvin Diesel information.
Regards,
Andrew
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Russell Ward
Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2002 - 09:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Let em laugh, Bruce. There were a lot of K series Kelvins on the NZ coast. A lot of our coastal scows ended up their days with a couple of K2 or K3 Kelvins.
Yep, you did buy the occasional sparking plug. Y'see, they needed plugs because, when cold, they started on petrol (gasoline to you) and had a carburetor separate inlet manifold and magneto etc. After they were running for a time (rather roughly -perhaps the compression ratio was a bit high, the engineer swapped over to diesel injection. A few heavy clonks, several smoke rings from the stack and she would settle down and he shut the gas off. I have seen them start OK on diesel when hot.
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raymond
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 07:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

RUSSEL WARD,
I sailed with a lot of K type KELVIN engines in the scows and coastal tugs. They went up to the K6 132 hp. HAND START too. will try to post a pic. The scows some times had a mixture. The " OWHITI" had a K3 on one side and a K2 on the other. Tug "HIPI" had a pair of K4's for many years.Most of the tugs on the Waikato River had K model's in them. {jpeg} K6 KELVIN
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Bruce Lendrum
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Posted on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 09:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


with more data we have now added four feet to the KIT II from 36 feet to 40: this give use two staterooms... power plants have increased too..
RN DM-4 looks like the best but
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Bruce Lendrum
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Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2006 - 06:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

THIS MAY BE THE POWER PLANT ON THE KIT AS THE PH MORE MATCHES THE NEEDS FOR THAT SIZE TUG..

POWER 160 HP
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jimdanewf
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 07:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here is a photo of a K series 44 HP Kelvin which belongs to my friend. Not running but in restorable condition. He may be interested in selling. Located at Newfoundland, Canada.

44 HP Kelvin

K series



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tom_montagu
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Username: tom_montagu

Post Number: 5
Registered: 12-2011
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 - 07:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

ref the pictures that 'jimdanewf' posted--this is a J4 Petrol start Kelvin diesel-NOT a K4 (which would be 88hp and somewhat larger!)--idles at 225 rpm and peak power is at 1000rpm. When restored (I have a fully restored petrol-start J2) these engines run beautifully--smooth as a nut and with plenty of grunt. The 'Kelvin Register' in the UK can give plenty of support and advice. In the UK the 'J', and to a lesser extent the 'K' series, have found a second life in canal narrow-boats.Try www.theoilengine.co.uk or kwhittle@btconnect.com. Kevin Whittle runs the Kelvin Register (I am one of the founder members)--these engines are well worth restoring (but they have to sit on TRANSVERSE engine beds).Don't sell it, RESTORE IT.
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david_reid
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Registered: 03-2011
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 - 07:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jim, is there any chance that you friend still has that engine?
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jimdanewf
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Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 08:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes he still has it.
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david_reid
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Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 09:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I didn't see a way to send a personal message on this forum, but my email is visible in my profile. (risky, I know, but this seems like a harmless bunch) Could you please send me some contact info. Thanx

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