hi i recently purchased a greens zephyr 12" 8 blade manual push mower, its had a few nocks and bashes over the years on the grass collector, and the bolts that hold it all together vary from imperial to metric? and read on this site that it was standard with a single loop handle where mine has two plastic/ hard rubber handles but dose have the greens zephyr logo in them, also all of the grass collectors i have seen on the net shows the decal horizontal where mine is just under 45 degrees? the rollers are cast iron with horizontal lines, there is some surface rust on the rollers but al the grooves seem to be in good condition once wire brushed, the gear guard is made of aluminum and has had its fair share of meetings with edging bricks and has some deep gashes on the under side, in the inside no probs the gears and chain like new and also revealed the original colour (which i need to source!) on the other side panel there is paint but faded over the years and has a bit of bubbling ,the cylinder had years and years of crud build up and quite alot of paint flaking off as well as a bit if surface rust also i can only remove one bearing as the otherone is really siezed on even after using a bit of heat. the other blade is screwed to a piece of aluminum that pushes the cuttings to the grass collector but the screws are flat head screws but are siezed and are nearly shearing the couple of times i have tried, so now the problems i would like advice on:- (1) the cutting blade and how to remove it, (2) how to get the second bearing off the cylinder, (3) should i replace all the bolts to imperial or metric? (4) what the best method to prepare for priming(i do have a tin of new anti oxidization primer) and painting? (5) should i sand blast or paint over the old paint on the cylinder? (6) where can i get the decal greens leeds & london? or should i trace and hand paint as this is not embossed just printed on.
many thanks ant