Lister ABW, ACW :
The tricky stuff !
Most parts list show only one type. In fact there were two types used, so a photo is a good idea if ordering.
Repair pieces for the pump, or replacement pumps generally not an issue.
Cylinder Heads tend to be bad news on the ABW and ACW, suffering considerable corrosion issues. Replacements are hard to come by.
If you have issues with the cylinder head, you need to look carefully at the rest of the water carrying parts of the engine, as realistically corrosion is likely to be
an issue throughout. In this event, it really may make more sense to consider a replacement engine as an expensive partial repair will still leave
many other corroderd pieces.
Anything else containing water.
You are probably getting the picture ! Look for corrosion. Limited availabilty of most items.
More bad news. The majority of the gearboxes originally fitted are very obsolete and not economically repairable when they start slipping.
If the rest of the engine merits the expenditure, better to go for a conversion to a currently available gearbox. If your engine already has a Hurth, ZF or PRM, repairs should be no problem
Specify single or twin cylinder.
Availability of both starters is good.
Solenoids, and protection devices.
Generally soleniods and oil protection devices fitted to the A series are no problem
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Various changes of manufacturer over time, but general availability good.
Fuel Injection Pumps
No supply issues. If you're not sure what you are doing
with these pumps, the job is best left to a person with suitable experience, as removal and refitting inevitably involves checking
both the injection timing.
Fuel Lift Pump
Gaskets and Joints
100% availabilty; sets or individually.
Generally good availability, but again, some costs may come as an unpleasant surprise. It is essential to establish exactly which version you have
before ordering internal components.
New engines long since unobtainable and usable used units very scarce.
Top Tip !
We have found that engines which are unused for long periods may suffer with a sticking injection pump. If it ran OK last time you used it, but won't start
next time, check that it is actually injecting some fuel. A secondary issue with older engines is that gradual loss of compression due to wear,
defective valve seating etc. can result in very reluctant hand starting. The small cylinder capacity makes the A series that little bit harder to start than larger capacity engines
and so any loss of compression exacerbates this symptom. If your A series is fitted with a heater plug, ensuring this is in good order
will make starting a tired engine that bit easier.