I have just joined the club and would appreciate some advice/help on a few things. I have purchased an Atco AT1455/56 with a cord pull starter which has apparently been running quite recently but I want to overhaul/refurbish it. Please see the questions below that I have thus far and would appreciate any feedback.
1. Model - am I right in assuming this model is from the 1955/56 era? See photo of manufacturers tag
2. Petrol tap - the tap was weeping so I removed the plunger in order to replace the cork sealer only to find that it did not have cork but was wound with cotton like a cotton reel up to the level of where cork should go. Is this a different type of plunger that I should rewind with cotton or should it have a cork sealer? If a cork sealer is required how should I remove the section (pin?) where the cork should go? See photo below
3. Magneto carbon brush - According to the instructions on how to maintain the A14 mower the carbon brush at the magneto end of the HT lead is tipped with a copper contact which should not be removed or damaged by filing or cleaning with emery cloth. This apparently acts as a suppressor against TV interference and if the copper tip is damaged or removed the engine will not fire! Any ideas on whether I should clean the tip or leave well alone or is its condition such that I should try to source a replacement brush? See photo below
4. Front rollers - one of the front rollers has some damage. Any ideas where I can source a replacement?
Any feedback will be very much appreciated as this is all new to me and I do not have a mechanical background - I am a retired white collar man!