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Posted July 15, 2012 - 03:31 PM

hello all. some of you will know of me from topics and restos of walk behind tractors and other garden equipment i live in UK and i have a new resto on the go,which is this mower. This was atcos first attempt at the rotary. they made two models. the 18 inch and 21 inch. Powered by the Villiers 7 E four stroke engine,

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Posted July 15, 2012 - 03:35 PM

As this runs it does have complications.1 the carb floods constantly and on inspection the float has been repaired but there is to much solder on it and the weight is causing float to sink in fuel . the timing also needs a fine tune and when sorted out ,hopefully will get a shot blast and paint.

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Posted July 15, 2012 - 03:40 PM

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Posted July 15, 2012 - 03:58 PM

That's a cute little mower, John! Good luck with getting it running like you want. Keep us informed!
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Posted July 15, 2012 - 04:50 PM

Nice to hear from you John. I wonder if you can do a proper repair on the float and have it function again. Right now it is a sink instead of a float.
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Posted July 15, 2012 - 04:51 PM

You British guys get all the good looking push mowers! I'll be looking forward to the resto. Are the parts still available for that engine?
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Posted July 16, 2012 - 07:03 PM

That looks like a great project John! Some of us on the East side of the pond aren't too familiar with the Villiers engines. Are they still in production?
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Posted July 16, 2012 - 10:43 PM

John, I have enjoyed your last posts and am waiting for the rest of this one. Keep posting away Please.. :thumbs:
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Posted July 16, 2012 - 11:23 PM

Another unique piece from John, cool!

Didn't Villiers make aircraft engines at one point?
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 01:58 PM

You British guys get all the good looking push mowers! I'll be looking forward to the resto. Are the parts still available for that engine?

hi and hello. although these engines have been out of production here for 50 years ,india still make them so parts are still in good supply.

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Posted July 19, 2012 - 02:00 PM

Another unique piece from John, cool!

Didn't Villiers make aircraft engines at one point?

i could not say for definate but maybe some one will comment.

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Posted July 19, 2012 - 02:07 PM

Here is a little history I found on the Villiers Engine Co.

http://www.villierse...ml/history.html
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 02:08 PM

engine now in pieces and i am looking for ignition problems. the flywheel on these old villiers do not have a keyway so timing them up can be a mans worst nightmare. also while its in pieces the float is beyond my caperbilitys so have ordered a new one.

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Posted July 19, 2012 - 02:13 PM

have had to resort to being lazy as i have given this mower so many pulls on the rope that i have got many blisters on my right hand. with a little help from my small hand drill i have it running sweet and i am now going to totally strip for a shot blast and paint.

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Posted July 19, 2012 - 02:19 PM

shot blast has been done and now after a couple of coats of primer,red oxide i then follow up with four coats of paint and what a finish. you can nearly shave in this.

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