Atco groundsman mk 1?

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Cameron
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Atco groundsman mk 1?

New/next project.

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Heavy old beast with a kick

Heavy old beast with a kick start Villiers Mk25, I presume?

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That's my thinking wp it

That's my thinking wp it certainly has a kick start Sat for years and is stuck solid so needs a bit of lubricating and manipulating but quite excited when I clear shed space. Paid £5.50 and believe it or not it fitted in a ford fiesta alongside an auto certes I also picked up.drove home with the grass box as my co pilot mind! Not quite the size of the hayter senator I've got but built for the same job.

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You’re obviously into the

You’re obviously into the heavy metal , made the Fiesta sit down a bit, I guess. I have memories of a  30” Lawnflite ride- on being brought in for service in a Citroen  2-CV with room to spare  and on the same day two of us struggling to extract a Hayter Harrier that a customer had somehow got into a deep booted Jag. 

Back to the Atco; despite its size it is a fairly simple and straightforward forward machine to work on. One thing to avoid is over lubricating that metal to metal cone clutch. I havre memories of a machine that had been left outside all winter with the consequence of a seized up clutch which the farmer owner had tackled with a bucket of diesel. The cone and cup appeared to absorbed diesel and no amount of cleaning with solvent stopped them sweating it out and slipping. Our final solution was to “ cook”  the dismantled cone and cup with the pepper pot propane burner until they were ****** hot.

Looking forward to progress reports. 

 

 

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3man to get it in- one man,

3man to get it in- one man, two children's car seats and a small drop to get it out. Deffo a c 25 as it's the only bits off plate that's readable. Any idea of date?

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Some black boot polish or

Some black boot polish or graphite rubbed into those numbers would make them a tad easier to read.

From what I can make out (I think): 139680   C25.17.?

 

 

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I would say that your model

I would say that your model with the exposed clutch and cylindrical fuel tank would be late 1950s / early 60s. The basic design but with more styling , rectangular tank and folding handlebars , but still with the Mk25 lump continued into the 70s before switching to Kohler engines. 

EDIT. This may be useful.https://www.dropbox.com/s/ufkhf3913b34vlg/Atco%2028%20and%2034.%20Villie...

TIP.. when it comes to start-up time, take care with that kick-starter . Have been known to kick back and smack the knee up onto the underside of the handle bars - OUCH!

 

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I watched a video of the

I watched a video of the start up, looked so graceful and easy. I'll maybe let my dad have a go for nostalgia s sake. And self preservation