Email of the day..
Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2012 5:58 AM
Subject: UtterPower.com Contact Form: 5 years later, Lister still running.
Name: Mark M
Subject: 5 years later, Lister still running.
Message: Hi George,
I live in Ontario, Canada, a little town called Sunderland, and I bought your Lister cd back when I got my 6/1. With no experience in these machines, but with a little hands on and some mistakes, I have been able to keep this old lunker running. Its not a workhorse here, but a backup when grid power is not available. You helped me a great deal to with your CD, and I have been a fan ever since. I recall your website back then was a “roll your own” design, I am a big fan of WordPress. After reading the life changing gift that early retirement has given you, I am now more focused to do something similar, although freedom 55 still seems a bit of a stretch.
Turned 49 this month, all kinds of tools and space, but no time to enjoy the hands on experience gained by trial and error. Just wanted to say thanks for being an inspiration…
Mark, don’t be in any hurry to grow older, and do make your 5 year plan..
I appreciate hearing from you and others with hands on experience, I learn more everyday. Long ago, I wrote of the story of an Ozzie who bought an old homestead in the out back. Inside an old shed he found a Lister 6/1 half buried in nut shells and other bits brought in by small animals. The Lister had sat idle for a estimated 10 years or so, but after uncovering it and an hour of tinkering it ran and ran well! As our friend David Edgington continues to research all things Lister, I thumb through his latest book and think of all before us who lived well in some cases, and made a living only because they had a Lister.
Some think these old designs are best at running, but after years of study, I suggest they are also good at waiting and standing by as compared to more modern engines. Of course we know.. properly stored diesel could stay fit far longer than the owner might.
But Mark.. the world has changed so much even since you took on your Lister Project. My pages as you know have dared to mix in politics and other topics. I discuss the difficulty and or expense of buying these engines today, and it frustrates some. We do need note that our Well fed Lisa Jackson grows wider at the beam every day. It seems her girth and the power of her Organization grow at similar rates.
I feel I betray David Edgington by sharing a thing from his latest book, but I’ll risk it here and share one of the many poems he shares on page three, likely written by the hard working self made men of Australia.Old shearer Bill, he’s over the hill And rouseabout’s retired to gunning I’ve heard it said the tar boy’s dead but the Lister keeps on Running.
God Bless my DIYer friends in UK and down under. And now my humble attempt to write a Lister poem of our present day…As we drag you towards the gates of hell what a comfort is that old Lister. Although we know it seldom runs and works so well, the waters rise in Phister. I heard you were in the Navy but listen here Mister ya don’t need no Lister!…. now pass me that bowl of gravy.
All the best Mark M. and DIYer Friends far and wide.