The time is almost here for me to bite the bullet and buy my first old mower. My preference is for a Marquis with a BSA engine, and I do like a project - I'd rather buy one which needs work than one which is ready to run. I'm sure I'm amongst friends here with that train of thought...
I've been searching around the web for a while now and two eBay listings keep shouting at me. I think my train of thought is reasonably logical and straigthforward, but the fact that nobody else has bought these two and combined them makes me think that maybe I;m missing something.
The first listing is for a mower minus an engine:
and the second is for an engine minus a mower:
I'm pretty new to this game, and I've been repairing watches/pushbikes/motorbikes for many years, so I'm aware that pitfalls await the unwary, so I thought I'd pop my hare-brained idea up here to ask people's opinions on just how hare-brained this idea actually is.
Am I, or more importantly, the mower missing anything important? Are there likely to be lots of hard-to-find bits missing?
The golden rule when restoring old bikes and vintage watches is to buy the most complete example possible, as stripped examples are never complete and the bits missing are always the bits made of unobtainium. Are mowers the same, even with a "common" example like this?