Hi - I am restoring a Ransomes Marquis Mk4a 18 inch mower. I have cleaned everything and decoked head and top of cylinder. I have managed to make a gauze and felt washer for the Amal carb (felt pads are still available) - all of which were missing. Carb cleaned in ultrasonic cleaner. Originally no spark at all even with old incorrect spark plug replaced by correct NGK replacement for Champion N8 (NGK BR5ES) and new suppressor cap. After following wristpin's guidance (from other forum topics) on how to recover contact breaker performance there is now a very rare and weak spark. Possibly a coil issue but I am starting with the cheap bit by replacing the contact breakers with meco electronic ignition unit.
Before I reassemble everything and try again I want to reseat the valves (lapping paste etc). So I am trying to remove the engine from the Marquis chassis so that I can place on workbench to remove the valves following the anticipated fiddle to remove the valve springs etc.
Other topics suggest I should be hitting the flywheel towards engine/away from drive shaft whilst pulling the engine away and turning the flywheel to separate flywheel from clutch/drive shaft. I need at least 4 hands for this! However I have had no apparent success as yet, Am I just being a wimp and need to continue with confidence or does anybody have some further information or experience to offer?
Many Thanks RickT