My first post!
About 20 years ago I was visiting our local tip and spotted an abandoned mower with the same type of engine as my Dad's old Atco, it was a Suffolk (75cc) I had fond memories of this mower with which I would now front and rear lawns - leaving my Dad to clean the mower! which he did and it always looked spotless and well oiled to prevent any corrosion!
Anyway, I whipped the engine off the mower, rebuilt it and used it to drive an alternator via a V belt, it was an early engine with a lovely round silencer.
I have just got hold of another engine which I believe is of an earlier build. Instead of the dipstick being positioned halfway up the crankcase and fairly long this has a short dipstick (actually a calibrated split pin!) positioned in a fitting in the alloy sump section.
It has no spark which is being investigated and the whole engine will be dismantled for cleaning, painting and rebuilding with new seals etc.
Mechanically it seems in pretty good order with compression and no detected shake on the crank.
Been reading up on these engines and there seems to be a lot of them manufactured, I believe this one could date from the late fifties with an engine number of 264382, do any of you knowledgeable guys know if that's about right?