I have just acquired a Qualcast Electric Super Panther mower. It works rather well but it has a few problems. When you switch off the power, the motor continues to run - there is no retard brake as a result it travels a little after switching off. Also, to engage the self-drive you need to lbend down and manually "pull and twist" an engage knob by the roller - this is a little inconvenient as you need to stop mowing, lean down to engage, then continue - but once in self-drive the beast is a little difficult to control as the whole machine continues moving forward a foot or two after you switch the power off!
It's covered in humidity rust and the decals on the grassbox are only legible when wet. I'd like to restore it but maintain its aged look. I don't want to repaint it as it will lose a lot of its character - does anyone have any suggestions of how to remove the rust but retain as much paint as possible, and rejuvenate the Decals? Are replacement decals still available?
Also I'd would like to know how old it is. The serial number on the Electric Motor is 076057. Any ideas?