New toy - Ransomes Twenty Four

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New toy - Ransomes Twenty Four

One of my neighbours has very kindly given me a Ransomes 24 mk2. Can anyone tell me approximately how old it is and what engine it is? The number on the side plate lists it as Reg'd No: FC668 and the engine is a Villers - engine number: F15/42/01/12449.

Had it running today, it drives but the cutters don't turn. 

Thanks, Alec

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Looks fairly original other

Looks fairly original other than the position of exhaust muffler on the Villiers F15 engine. The muffler would have been vertical with a "tail pipe" exiting in the vicinity of the starter rope guide.

Manufactured, Late 60s - early 70s

The cutters are disengaged / engaged by the small lever just visible in one of your images just to the right of the triangular chain cover .

I see that it has the tow hitch; did you get the roller seat?

 

(Lawnmower left and right are always given from the operator's position.)

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Thanks for the info. I tried

Thanks for the info. I tried the lever but the cutters still don't turn. Will investigate further as so far had a cursory glance, the mower has been sitting for a while so could be something siezed.

The muffler is a bit of a patchwork quilt, has undoubtedly seen more than one welding torch! Surprisingly quiet though.

Didn't come with a rolling seat.

Cheers

Alec

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There is a dog clutch on the

There is a dog clutch on the other end of the lever. If you are lucky it’s just stuck, if not it may have been run out of adjustment and suffered accordingly. 

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Thanks - I'll take a proper

Thanks - I'll take a proper look at the dog clutch over the weekend.