I am a new member of the club and have joined after buying a 24in ATCO with a roller-seat. It is one off my bucket-list as we had a 20" HD ATCO for as long as I can remember at home and from the late 1960s I was allowed to cut the grass - something that probably would not be allowed in these safety-conscious days ! However, I always thought of the ATCOs with the roller-seat attachments as being far superior and used to look at the adverts showing them with not a little envy. I now also have my fathers's 20" HD fitted with a newer MAG engine - as well another 20" HD left to him by an old friend which was in pretty poor condition and which I would like to restore at some point.
Anyway - back to the point of this post. I am having a lot of trouble actually identifying these various machines as well as the engines and fittings. I seem not to be able to find a single source of info about ATCOs from the late 1950s to the early 70's. Perhaps this period falls between the vintage or "old" lawnmower categories and the newer and somewhat less interesting varieties. Does anyone know of such a directory which can be used to identify a mower ?
In particular I am trying to work out the differences between the 24" HD series and the Royale. One reason I am interested is that I have what I think is a 24" HD BSF model which has a slipping cutter clutch. I have temporarily "glued" the dog-toothed parts together but want to sort out a proper fix at some point. What I was wondering is whether it is possible to replace enough of the parts on the 24"HD with Royale pieces to effectively alter the cutter clutch to the newer system - for which parts are still available. Or is there a source of parts for the older models that someone can direct me to ?
Thanks in advance for any help regarding these various questions.