If you’ve read the article on the utterpower CD about how slowspeed engines are made in India, JB Shah above was the man who made the viagra super active effort to give us a best look into how a Lister Type Engine was made thru the wonderful series of pictures and the historic account of engine building in India. This is an example of JBs willingness to go far beyond taking an order and shoving it towards the next desk. Lovson has a secret weapon.. people who know and understand the slow speed business and who know the West, they have an excellent command of english, and speak the language far better than a few of my Scottish friends 🙂
Some 30 years ago, there were a number of Auto Manufacturers that were heavily into racing. Some race engines arrived here from overseas complete minus piston rings. the race team engine builder put the engine on a work stand, pulled each piston and fit the engine with a set of previously fitted and gapped rings.
The Reason? The engine was brought in as parts, and at that time it was far more complicated and expensive to import a race engine due to the tariffs, red tape, and more that existed at the time.
In our low speed engine hobby, the weight of cast iron complicates shipping, We are forced to pay a lot extra in fuel surcharges, and it seems that our government is currently doing all they can to help drive up fuel costs long term. I received an email from a reader that was interested in buying a low speed generator set in Washington State and shipping it back East. He claimed the shipping bid he received was $1500.00! Most of use would have expected $600 or less, as we know a lot of trucks are loaded with fluff, and shippers like to to bid on dense loads.
The high cost of Interstate shipping makes it reasonable to consider importing on your own… especially if you live a reasonable distance from a port, or if you get a bid from a local shipper to pick up your freight and haul it to your door and know the charges beforehand. A pickup or small trailer works great, and you quickly learn you can move the world on a pipe roller.
Here’s the key article to understanding personal import. Last import I did, the fee was $125 just to fill out a form to meet the requirement of notifying the port that my stuff was scheduled to ship! Notice these requirements and expenses are not part of personal import requirements.
Of course you’ll need a contact: email@example.com gets you started.
There’s a lot of people who want engines or parts still, but importing a complete engine is illegal. Importing an Air compressor is OK, and converting an Indian Air compressor back into an engine is a 45 minute job for a DIYer. Since India has a LONG history of using engine parts for air compressors, it’s a natural thing.
With this said, you can visit Slowspeedengine.com and look around, you’ll note there’s an air compressor on these pages, it’s based on the LG engine series, and there are other engines that could be delivered as air compressors I’m sure.
Assure that the air compressor is ordered, and the ‘selected parts kit’ which has everything you need including a DVD showing how to put the parts on the Air compressor to turn it back into an engine. Of course you know your finished work must meet current emissions!
Recently, I have noticed that shipping prices have gone quite high for interstate here in the USA, this might allow you to order directly from India using the personal import method and lower your overall cost of parts or air compressor!
JB Shah and Joanna at Lovson form a team that gets things done! They understand the Business of export. And have communication skills that rival other organizations I have worked with. I’ve found that good communication is key.
In closing, there are a lot of us that feel more comfortable with parts on hand, We may never put all the parts together, but we see them as an appreciating commodity that will only gain value when a government is hell-bent to keep spending which WILL drive the value of >our< dollar further down the toilet. Know the rules and follow them, I’m not advocating you break the law, if you build, verify your emissions and meet the EPA’s regulations.
All the best,