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#1 john webster OFFLINE  

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Posted August 12, 2012 - 06:49 AM

This is a small walk behind garden rotovator made in Birmingham England in 1948.It has a tilling width of 12 inches. Two types of tilling blades where fitted,the first was a pick tine,which was like a large hook and the second was an L shaped blade more common to howards and others. Not rare by any means but i have two and one serial no is 2988 and the other is 3764. Te engine is a Villiers MK 25 2 stroke engine with a 147 cc engine capacity. extreemly heavy with cast iorn wheel rims and a total mass of 200 lbs. At the moment it is under going a total nut and bolt restoration. Pictures will be posted.

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Posted August 12, 2012 - 06:55 AM

I have discovered that when the clutch is disengauged the machine still moves,so have had an investigation by removing the top plate which gives me acsess to a five plated clutch inside a alloy housing. On further investigation someone else has been here before me and assembled the clutch plates in the wrong order. NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY .

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Posted August 12, 2012 - 07:43 AM

That's a neat little tiller. It would work well between rows in the garden. Have fun and keep the pics coming!
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Posted August 12, 2012 - 08:49 AM

That is a cool tiller.
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Posted August 12, 2012 - 10:48 AM

Very nice....Good thing you were able to tell the clutch had been assembled wrong!
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Posted August 12, 2012 - 12:02 PM

John, This is going to be another restore that I will be watching. You find all the great pieces over the pond, way to go. :thumbs:
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Posted August 12, 2012 - 12:42 PM

That is a really unique piece from this side of the puddle. Quite the find.

I love those "Skinny Mini" tillers. They sure do help getting the rows closer together.
I was all excited to get my mantis running. until I started finding all sorts of expensive stuff wrong and unfixable.
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Posted August 12, 2012 - 03:23 PM

thanks for all your comments i have spent all day on this a total of eleven hours . not only have i repaired it but had two nipples fall of the cable while i was testing the travel on the thrust washer,which meant that the tiller hood had to come off and also the back plate so that i could acsess the thrust bearing linkage. have nearly stripped the complete machine and rebuilt it today. have taken it for a test drive and alls hunky dory !!!!!!!!!!!! :dancingbanana: :thumbs:
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Posted August 12, 2012 - 03:33 PM

Glad you got it going your way, John. It's always a great feeling to have it do what you want!
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Posted August 14, 2012 - 02:00 PM

now i have it working as it should the parts will slowly come off for a full paint job. still going to stick with that high shine coach enamel as it brings the best out of all it covers. watch this space for more developments on the resto.

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Posted August 14, 2012 - 08:05 PM

That tiller looks like it was built like a tank - indestructible.
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Posted August 15, 2012 - 01:36 PM

That tiller looks like it was built like a tank - indestructible.

to be perfectly honest with you,i cannot put it in my van without a ramp its more than your average man can lift.

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Posted August 15, 2012 - 03:30 PM

Very nice, very heavy duty looking machine John. That will look really great when you get it in some new paint.
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Posted August 18, 2012 - 02:21 PM

Have made a start on the tiller box and also started the handlebars and the steering adjustment coupling. a full strip down to bare metal is the way we are going.

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Posted August 18, 2012 - 02:23 PM

Here are some early photos

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