I may have briefly in this forum referred to the possibility last year that I would soon acquire my father's Atco Balmoral lawnmower due to his failing health. Sadly he has now passed away aged 90 and the Balmoral has now come into my possession. As he was a meticulous keeper of documentation, it came with a receipt dated 19-3-19 for a full service including new plug, airfilter, oil change, new pull cord and blades sharpened. Unfortunately, having just spent a fruitless hour or so trying to start it, this may not have been the exact case as you can see on the attached photo, the plug looks anything but new and in fact was quite coked up and oily. I know for a fact that the mower was not used after it's service, because sadly he was by then too frail to use it, resorting instead to a lightweight Flymo. This must have saddened him, because his lawn was very important to him. So, the mower, although nominally freshly serviced has been standing for a year. I drained the old fuel, cleaned the plug up and put in some new fuel. I checked that there was a spark. however it did not start. I then took the float bowl off the carb and it was practically dry. My conclusion is that the year's standing has gummed up the carb, so it needs a proper clean. Oh well, add that to the list of jobs to do... Good job I'm at home eh? The mower itself also comes with it's original invoice which shows that it was delivered in May 2000. I am looking forward to getting it going, not least because it will be far better than my current rotary. Then there's the ATCO Standard to get on with restoring.