News of David’s new book!
This page edited on 8/25/2012 to add my review of this work. Scroll on down.
He’s a Die Hard ‘Hands On’ type with a love of Stationary Engines. Many were designed from the ground up to offer years of service and designed to be rebuilt in place.
In the 1960s David Edgington met someone, who had not only restored a couple of old Lister stationary engines, but was prepared to talk about them with endless enthusiasm. This introduction to stationary engines proved to be infectious and within a matter of weeks a Lister D type had been found on a local farm and purchased for next to nothing, David was well and truly hooked!
This simple act was the first of two events destined to change not only David’s life, but also that of his family, and possibly many collectors of old engines, because another engine soon arrived, and another, and so it went on as the nucleus of a collection was formed. While engines were readily available it soon became apparent that literature and information about them was becoming scarcer, by the minute. Furthermore it was impossible to locate other like-minded enthusiasts in order to exchange parts, information, or even complete engines. The answer seemed to lie in the production of some kind of magazine, which could draw enthusiasts together, while at the same time, gather as much information as possible. In 1974 David, along with his wife Doreen, launched Stationary Engine a magazine especially for the enjoyment of stationary engine collectors and enthusiasts. David remained editor of this magazine until 1990 when he retired in order to devote more time to specialist research and writing. Since then he has been a regular contributor to Stationary Engine, as well as the author, and publisher, of various books on Lister, Wolseley and Amanco engines. Lister Engines – Types H to R is book is number fifteen. David is a keen member of Stationary Engine’s Helpline which, along with writing, and coping with a huge garden, amply fills his time.
This book, probably David’s last on the Lister subject, chronicles the evolution of the engines in the H to R range, commencing with the Southwell/Stover (1904) and continuing until production ceased in the 1940s. Covered in some detail are types, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, PE/PL, plus twin and 4-cylinder variants. Water hopper (types & styles), carburetors, magneto types, paintwork and transfers, are all covered. This work is the result of two years of extensive research and collaboration with enthusiasts worldwide.
52 pages, photos colour & mono, plus factory drawings. Cost £12-00p plus £6-00p air mail, either on www.stationaryenginebooks.co.uk. or a Paypal invoice if requested. All books signed by the author.
As an owner of several of David’s books, I’ve found that many questions can be answered by making reference. In our little group we’ve wondered about a certain engine feature, and then one of us would make the effort to pull David’s work from the shelf, and there we found the answer! This has happened many times with the CS, the different flywheels, and changes made. David is as much a Historian as he is hands on, and his works are often the best authority.
David’s latest book about the H thru R engines gives us insight into why the Lister CS is what it is as these engines preceeded our beloved CS.
I would consider any of David’s books to be collector’s items. And I see them as something we can enjoy now, and it will likely appreciate in value.
To my Aussie and Kiwi friends.. to those in Canada and the UK.. I’d be pleased if you link to this page, or if you must.. copy and paste information from here to your own page. David has worked tirelessly for us Enthusiasts, and has answered many questions, and provided information about our engines. We owe him a little support me thinks..
Can a man who loves machines not have a favorite Automobile? I think not… David has owned this car for many years..
How many know of David’s other interests? How is it he knows the parts and pieces so well? My answer.. he’s one of us, he’s never waited on others to show the way, he’s made his own path.
Here’s a short story about that rare Alfa that David brought to the UK. I want to add a word about South Africa….. as the economy once supported a number of efforts that would never have happened had it not been for SA! (my opinion). Was it the Toyota 5 valve black top that was fitted into the Corolla and sold in SA? What a combination. Thanks to SA, one could order an English Language shop manual for that Engine. At least that’s the story I got from one of the top enthusiasts who knows that engine well. I think it was Ozzie Bill Sherwood, but don’t quote me. OK, on with a short story from David..
South African assembled Alfa Romeo resides in theU.K.
Who remembers the old Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon? Most memories are associated with the film The Italian Job or high speed chases involving the Italian police or carabinieri. Historically, following the introduction of the Giulia, output of the Milanese factory doubled between 1966 and 1969, creating a firm foundation from which to launch many of the exciting models that followed. My own R.H.D Giuia Super, with 97,000 miles on the clock, for the second time around, was a C.K.D (complete knock down) kit assembled in East London, South Africa in 1967, and spent much of its life in Mozambique — a Portuguese colony. It finally emigrated when its lady owner gave it to her lover (craftily retaining the paperwork herself — what a headache!) who took it to Fafe in north Portugal where an Alfa enthusiast persuaded him to part with it. On finding right hand drive unsuitable for local conditions the new owner placed the Giulia on the market and I ended up buying it over the telephone without seeing it on condition the vendor drove it to the U.K. I was sure he wouldn’t undertake the journey, but he did, taking three days in which to accomplish it. He arrived, having driven day and night, and was totally exhausted. I have never bought a car without seeing it first but assumed if it made the journey from Lisbon to Westbury, without a hitch, then it must be as good as described! I wasn’t disappointed. The original colour aqua di fonte (fountain water) is a pleasure to behold and the car attracts a crowd wherever it is parked.
Oddly enough, as any purist will point out (and they always do, damn it!!) it isn’t totally correct. Being built under a C.K.D. scheme by unskilled labour, accounts for the eclectic mix of parts from two different models, the Guilia TI and Guilia Super. Even so, it runs well and has the Super engine complete with twin Weber carburettors; it also has 11mm lift fast road Colombo & Barianni camshafts which transform the old 1570cc engine by adding amazing flexibility, rather than extra speed.
I tend to be too busy to drive the old Giulia very much but when I do it is guaranteed to put a smile, not only on my face, but on the faces of passers-by as well.
Thank you David for all you’ve done for us enthusiasts in UK.. and around the world.
8/25 Edit…George’s Review of the latest H through R Book.
There are few people that have better access to the treasures produced by Lister than David Edgington. This Book really shows off not only David’s typical in depth research, but it also shows off the access he has, and the help he musters in finding and reporting on rare bits across several Continents.
The Quality of the Pictures and diagrams in this book rival some of the expensive coffee table books I’ve thumbed through. One section in this book that instantly brought a smile to my face is titled “A tribute to the Lister.” And in this section are seven poems said to have come from down under. Everyone of them is clever, and all are testaments to the reliability of the Lister Engines. It becomes obvious that they had developed a reputation for being reliable long before our beloved CS.
This book is full of interesting facts, diagrams, pictures, and more. Now that I have it, I know I will read every word more than twice, and this book joins the few I keep on the closest shelf near my desk as personal and permanent reference.
It’s no suprise that David makes the effort to thank a cast of so many that helped produce a work of this quality, and don’t we know that great works like this one are the product of men with many Friends and lots of help and advice.
I’m pleased and proud to know David Edgington, but it’s obvious I’m not alone, and even in far off places like Iran, we meet people who know just how important and special David is in preserving the legendary accomplishments of the Lister Company.
If you don’t have this book, you won’t discover how much you need it..George B. Utterpower