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I am offering for sale my fully restored Kelvin J3 engine that has been unused since its professional restoration by Seaward Engineering. Engine number 28827, was fitted to the newly built Scottish fishing boat Donora (see photo). It was removed when the boat was decommissioned and sent to the Kelvin engine specialist Seaward Engineering of Glasgow with instructions "to rebuild/recondition to the engine makers standards and tolerances". The engine was then started and run on test for ten hours.
Seaward Engineering comprised Andy Bruce and John Dick, both factory-trained Kelvin service engineers, so there was none better qualified to undertake this work - the Kelvin factory themselves used their services. Further, they carried a stock of new parts for J model engines including cylinders, liners, piston rings, bearing etc. which were used in this restoration. I have included a copy of their engine report in the photos. Other photos include the engine being delivered by Andy Bruce, the engine at the time of restoration and the engine being fired up after delivery.
This superb vintage marine diesel engine, complete with its original petrol start system, was built circa 1958 and would be amongst the last of a design that first appeared in 1932. It was such a successful design both in terms of reliability and longevity that it would remain in production for around 36 years. Many of the earliest examples of these engines are still in service today. This one, being so much younger and fully restored, will have a very long life ahead of it.
The Kelvin engine is highly regarded within the boating community and compares directly with Gardner in terms of quality, reliability and its slow running characteristics. Many have chosen the J3 in particular, as they feel it's the optimum size for canal and river work and also for the wonderful sound of a 3 cylinder engine. These engines are famed for their relaxed power with tick over at just 225 rpm and max power (33hp) being reached at 1000 rpm. This is one of the reasons for their longevity and also makes them one of the most fuel efficient engines on the canal scene. I have read and spoke with owners who have recorded 4/5 hours cruising on one gallon of fuel. As well as being reliable they are simple and straightforward to maintain, having been specifically designed to be operated by fishermen with no specialist mechanical knowledge. I have comprehensive literature on running and maintaining these engines which I shall include with the sale. They are also popular as they look particularly attractive with all of their bronze, brass and copper components, especially if these are polished up as many owners do.
There is a short documentary on YouTube featuring the Kelvin engine for anyone who is interested. In the documentary you can hear Andy Bruce and John Dick talking about their relationship with the factory and Kelvin engines. Either type... Kelvin - History of the Kelvin engine, into YouTube's search bar or cut and paste this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOfatBXDjhE into the search instead.
After taking possession of the engine in 2008 I had an engine trolley fabricated to allow easier moving of the engine during storage, this can be seen in the photos. During my time with the engine I have spoken to Andy Bruce regarding its storage. He instructed me to keep the cooling system wet and topped up with anti-freeze and turn the engine over every month which I have done. He thought the Magneto for the starting system would probably need re-magnetising due to its non-use.
I've included some close up photos of the engine that were taken within the last few weeks. It can be seen in these photos that during storage some paint has flaked and rust has formed, but after a couple of minutes with a nylon and brass wire brush the paint and rust were removed to reveal bright metal. I have left the engine "as is" as I assume that the prospective purchaser would prefer to inspect the engine like this and not covered in new paint. I have however reflected this in the price.
I bought the engine with the intention of installing it into a new build narrowboat I was planning at the time. When looking for a narrowboat shell builder I visited Norton Canes boat builders and spoke with Master Boat Builder Graham Edgson. Graham had a Seaward Engineering Kelvin J3 fitted to his own boat Resolute (which is reviewed in Waterways World July 2006). The boat looked and sounded superb and I knew straight away that it was definitely the right engine for my boat.
Unfortunately fate is no respecter of plans and I was unable to proceed with the project. So with a heavy heart I am now putting the engine up for sale.
With Seaward Engineering no longer trading this is almost certainly the last chance to buy a Seaward Engineering restored, but unused, Kelvin J3.
Having finally made the difficult decision to sell the engine, I have priced it for a quick sale.
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