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2 Gardner 8 cylinder diesel motors
Engine numbers are 16251 and 18953
CAV fuel systems
Suit Atkinson, Foden, AEC, fishing trawlers, generating plants, marine engines
LW is a really old engine that started in the 20's and went through to the 60's.
The LX replaced the LW.
I suspect these motors might be LX models as I have never heard of an 8LW though as always I could be wrong.
Absolutely the best engine for a motor cruiser - so economical modern engines are struggling to keep up (a pint-a-pot-an-hour)but they just run and run at about 1,200rpm in a boat. I think they let them go to about 1,800 in a truck.
I have had 3 boats with LW Gardiners and absolutely love them. I had a 1956 Foden fuel tanker with an LW Gardiner and never had a worse truck to drive. Apart from 28mph flat out, the governor shut the engine down at 1,800rpm so any attempt at a run up at a hill left you floating in the bottom of the valley at 28mph and nothing happening on the throttle. No wonder angel gear was so popular.
Great for London buses but not a practical option for an Australian high-speed road vehicle. They must have done something with the LX engines, or more likely the gearing, in the Atkinsons to make them useful as a highway truck.
I hear they cost a fortune to rebuild now with few people doing them but anyone with a classic cruiser or old trawler being converted to a cruiser being restored will choose a Gardiner every time if they can afford it.
LW is short for Lite Weight as far as Im aware and Foden used them in trucks out here
LW had a alloy crank case and was lot lighter than the cast iron crank case, they were built for on road as opposed to to the L which was industrial and very heavy
Only rated at 150 hp
Or at least thats what I have been led to believe
Your better to die trying than live on your knees begging
This LW operators book came with our Guy, pasted in were the relevant 4LK pages for the truck.
I had a bit to do with a 6LW in a neighbours Foden, also the Guy motor has been to bits through no fault, it was me that overheated it with a dirty radiator. They are a solid well built motor.
The numbers given are wrong,maybe 116,000 and 118,000.....Like a lot of pommie motors,in England these would be worth a fortune,here they are just scrap.They look ex railway equipt,ballst tampers ,or track laying machines.Did any NSW railcars have 8LWs?....The QGR ones were 6s.