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Collection, Preservation and Display of Old Lawn Mowers

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Hello all

I would like to know how old and what model this 20" cut Atco mower is please?  The engine is a 2 stroke Villiers 1.5 hp.

The stud that holds on the aluminium cowling to the cylinder head has broken.  It appears to be 7/16 26 tpi British cycle thread, but I have been unable to locate one.

I have a weak spark, but I have not been able to start it and I suspect a timing problem.  The mark on the pinnion is 180 degrees out from the arrow on the magneto when I align the opening of the points gap just before tdc.

Is there a Halfords car spraycan that matches the Atco green?  I used Ford Laurel Green which looks good on my Suffolk Punch, but doesnt match on this petrol tank.

Regards

Alastair

Atco mower

Atco mower

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arnk Wed, 18/05/2011

Hello all

It was nice to meet you last Saturday at Milton Keynes.  Thanks for the helpful advice.

I found that I had fitted the magneto 180 degrees out and once I corrected that the timing marks all aligned and she started.  To celebrate I created a video which might amuse you all.

www.youtube.com/watch

The story is that she is 1936 and belonged to the Earl of Lonsdale, the famous "Yellow Earl" who lived in Rutland and died in 1944.

Regards
Alastair