4" Foster Traction Engine Project
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An engine that has provided many years of enjoyment, this 4" Foster is now due a general overhaul, repaint and boiler works. Originally built to a good standard it is a very worthwhile project and offers the new owner a considerable saving in time building one from scratch or expense in buying a ready to run engine.
First and foremost we are of the opinion the boiler will require replacement in the imminent future, it is currently in ticket under club scheme until April 2024 however we found areas of thinning on the firebox crown which would not pass commercial inspection next year so the engine is being sold as a project. There is potentially the option of just replacing the firebox but more often than not people go for a complete new boiler (around £3000 for a professionally made one) which is what we would recommend. If by any chance someone has a 4" Foster boiler sitting under the bench please get in touch and we would be happy to pass on details to the new owner.
Now to the good bits, the engine has been regularly rallied and enjoyed right up until the end of this years season so you are not buying a barn find with untold number of unknown issues. As mentioned above build quality was to a good standard and apart from the normal wear on the motion (mainly valve gear) it is pretty sound mechanically with a good set of gears etc, it is far from a knackered engine.
For someone interested in the engine but who may not have the skills to complete all aspects of the overhaul we would be happy to help and offer our workshop services to help with any stage of the project...or all of it if so desired.
Viewing is very welcome at our premises in Suffolk and we would be happy to consider all steam and vintage vehicles part exchange. Price includes delivery to UK mainland via our pallet courier or shipping further-a-field can also be arranged.
For further information or to arrange a viewing please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Important Note: We recommend when purchasing any steam vehicle to employ the services of your own boiler inspector for independent advice and not solely rely on previous test reports.