Manuals for Cerlist Diesel Engines


Cerlist engines were originally built by Cerlist Diesel of Burlington, North Carolina to a design of the Austrian engineer Dr. Hans List. They were a valveless 2-stroke loop scavenged engine with the option of a Roots blower to boost horsepower. The Cerlist could run on both #1 and #2 diesel as wells as JP-4 jet fuel and gasoline with no tuning changes.

The 3-cylinder version was used in the military Willys model FC-170 Jeep. The company was acquired by Waukesha Motors in 1963 and production was shifted to Clinton, Iowa, before ceasing in 1973.

The List design of loop scavenged diesels were also built by Turner Manufacturing in England, Alfa Romeo in Italy, Ford in Germany and Jenbacher Werke of Austria.

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3 simple steps to make your diesel system reliable and robust

STEP ONE  - Get the manuals for your equipment

Owner, Workshop and Parts Manuals are important documents that should be part of every vessel's library. They contain the detailed information necessary for safe operation, maintenance and correct servicing.  

The manuals on this page are provided for public information and education and can be downloaded for free.  All copyrights belong to copyright holders stated in the documents.

congratulations - by downloading these free manuals you are taking an important step towards making your engine more reliable and robust.


STEP TWO - regular maintenance

Simple, regular maintenance is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to avoid problems and accelerated engine wear. Most expensive repairs start from a lack of basic maintenance or ignoring small warnings. The work is not difficult - it just needs to be done.

The purpose is so that we can enjoy our boat for all the reasons we bought her. Trust yourself. Do the work regularly and be methodical.


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300+ drawings

Seeing is Understanding

Marine Diesel Basics 1
Maintain, Winterize and Recommission

•  explains all parts of the marine diesel system - fuel,
lubrication, breathing, electrics, stern gland, propeller etc.
•  140+ tasks, 300+ drawings, 222 pages
•  tasks are fully explained with clear drawings and minimal text
•  all tools & supplies needed are illustrated for each task
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STEP THREE - keep a Maintenance Logbook

Keep a detailed and accurate record:

  1. all the work done on your diesel system - what, when  & by who
  2. inventory of serial numbers, component descriptions
  3. early warning of potential problems
  4. time and details of any changes in performance

Use a notebook or use your iPad, tablet or desktop and record the information in an editable PDF directly as you work.

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Maintenance eLogbook

If you've every struggled to keep a logbook, this editable eLogbook may be exactly the help you need.

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Cerlist 3C & 2A Instruction Manual

Instruction Manual



76 pages
publ. September 1969


21vMB file

The Cerlist models involved in Waukesha's acquisition were:

Model Cyl. Bore x Stroke CID. HP@ RPM Years
2 2 4.000 x 4.250 113.1 50 @ 3,000 1963-70
3 3 4.000 x 4.250 169.6 75 @ 3,000 1963-70
V4 V4 4.000 x 4.250 226.2 100 @ 3,000 1963-70
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