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Russell Ward
Posted on Saturday, June 07, 2003 - 03:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Further to George Forest's comments about engines with boats attached, I have come across a small tug with a rather nice 8L3 Gardner (152 hp at 900 rpm). I am will send some pix shortly. It runs well, but has a few issues that need ironing out. When one gets to over half a century, it comes to us all and with owners who ignore the basics, problems compound.
The immediate problems will be mainly the seals round the cylinder sleeves and the reduction box. At least everything is simple if heavy engineering. The hull is another problem in itself but all things can be fixed and I have been boating all my life.
I know there are several Gardner websites and have checked. Parts are getting very problematic.
Does anybody have any literature on the engine?
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andrew
Posted on Monday, June 09, 2003 - 10:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here are some pictures from Russell:

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Hi, Andrew,
Here are the Gardner 8L3 pix I mentioned in my last posting on the site.
She is quite an engine.
Regards
Russell.




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Jim Williams
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 11:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have twin Gardner 6LWs on my American Marine Alaskan 49' trawler. There are many links and pictures on my site for Gardner parts. Have a look. www.trawlerlife.com

Jim Williams
M/V Tortuga
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raymond
Posted on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 05:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

RUSSEL WARD,
what's the name of the tug? by the size of that engine room it might be the old " SEA-BEE" am I right?
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raymond
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 09:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

or maybe the "MATIU" both were ex USN Auckland built 45 ft. yard tugs. A lot of that class origionally were fitted with " VIVIANS "
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Donata Cereda
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Posted on Friday, September 24, 2004 - 07:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

dear Sirs,
could you please send us the address,mail and phone of the factory wich produce the marine engine Gardner.
Thank you a lot.
Kindest regards.
Donata Cereda
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russell
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Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Saturday, December 11, 2004 - 08:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Woops, sorry. I've been a bit preoccupied with things and haven't looked at this for a while.
Raymond, the boat is Glyn Bird and I did buy her. Refloated her and sorted out a lot of things and rebuilt the gearbox with new reduction gears which I had cut. New bearings etc. I chronicled a lot of it in my site www.tugboats.co.nz. You must be a local, because Sea Bee also had an 8L3 I think. Matiu had an Atlas Imperial (sigh -I'd like one of those) and then a 6/71 noise maker. She has just bee sold by John Hager and is up North.
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robert
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Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Sunday, December 12, 2004 - 12:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Russell, Any Vivians still running out there, or elsewhere that you're aware of? Any sources of parts (hulks etc.)?
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Simon Barr
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Posted on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 11:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have an 8L3 in a danish ex trawler. Does anyone have a manual they could copy and send to spain. Or let me know where i might buy one?
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morris_register
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Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 03:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

For engine manuals try www.internalfire.com
If you register you can download manuals free of charge. They have a number of Gardner manuals on the site.
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Timl
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Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 02:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There is a man in kent, Ray Harrison, who used to work for gardner who is rebuilding and fitting gardner engines. very well recomended.
Visit his website http://www.gardner-marine-diesels.co.uk/
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wash lads
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Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 03:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ray Harrison in kent was a salesman at Gardners so I dont think he is working on the engines.
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boatbum
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Posted on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 12:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Since you are an Atlas fan, check out this link to some videos of my Atlas engine running.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=942499 15

Click on the video under my picture and you'll have all of them to view. Check out my blog for additional information about the boat and engine and there is a pic of her under my pics.

Keith
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Nikki Keepa
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 03:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looking for 2 8L3B Garnder pistons in New Zealand.
Huge increase in prices over the last two years means looking at other options, if anyone has any ideas please contact me on dadda@xnet.co.nz.
Thankyou

Sean
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spicer
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Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 02:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

hi ray harris is rebuilding these engines phone number is 07900036151

pual gardner and eddie number is 01617877357 .paul is the son i think of gardner engines

two get starter motors and the like try ian on 01772641746
hope that all this help you guys
all the best tony
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reece bell
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Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 11:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

does any one have a wet /oil cooled starter motor?
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penquin
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Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 08:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am looking for a gardner diesel starter moter very old 4 cylinder
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snark
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Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 02:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Please,

I might be able to help with a starter. Email: tangent.gardner@gmail.com.

Joe
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uncleboob
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Registered: 08-2009
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2009 - 03:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

hi guys

i've just purchased an old MFV with an 8L3 engine, which looks almost complete but is missing its starter motor from the right hand side....its also missing what i think is a pump from the same side but at the other end...i have pictures and will try to upload them...any ideas where i might get replacements from?

cheers

jo (uk)
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chrisr
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Posted on Monday, August 03, 2009 - 06:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Jo

You could try Michael Harrison at www.gardnermarine.com. He looks after my boat with twin 8L3s
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CULLUM
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Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 09:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

UNCLEBOOB ;I HAVE A MODEL 6L3 STARTER PLUS BASICALLY THE COMPLETE ENGINE IF YOUR LOOKING FOR PARTS
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betsie
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Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 03:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi All
I just purchased the 1956 tug Golden Fleece - poor girl spent 3 months on the bottom of the river before being dragged out. She have been partly restored well cleaned over the last 12 months. She has a 8L3 - does any one in Aust have spare parts.
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Graham Bryce
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Posted on Monday, December 28, 2009 - 03:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have just put a rebuilt 8lxb in my converted trawler It is dry stack and wish to keep it that way. I have a heating problem and to solve I am looking for someone to help me with a water cooled manifold or where i can get one built or pick one up Cheers Graham
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uncleboob
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Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 12:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi guys

still havent tackled the gardner engine yet- its turning out to be a nasty winter so am concentrating on keeping the old boat afloat until i can begin sorting the hull out in the spring- still looking for a starter for my 8l3 if anyone comes across one!

cheers

jo
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edington60
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Posted on Monday, February 15, 2010 - 05:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi guys, I am new to marine diesels so please bear with me. I am in the process of building a 55ft wooden trawler and I am at the moment looking at two remanufactured Gardner engines, 6L3B and 8LXB. Any thoughts or recommendations on its efficiency and longevity. Also where can I get either of these for a reasonable price.
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spicer
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Posted on Monday, February 15, 2010 - 02:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

hi jo the guy you need to talk to is tony same name as myself here is his number good bloke he deals in gardner`s thay are blinding .Any way talk to tony 07781103065 hope this helps you
good luck
tony

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