I recently joined the club and wanted to introduce myself and say hello.
I acquired a Suffolk Super Colt petrol mower during lockdown and , as I had time on my hands, decided to restore it, All done now and it works really well. I wasn't too precious about faithfully reproducing everything as original ( it's a mass produced mower and there seem to be plenty about) as I intend to use it as a working machine I went for durability and finished it in Hammerite .! Mentioned the mower to someone and they gave me an old push mower for another project ! . This was a Ransomes 12 inch Ajax Mk3 machine. It's an early one with the curved handlebars not the crossed tubes. The Ransomes was a complete joy to work on , mechanically it was in amazing condition and the only components I had to replace were the coach bolts fixing the wooden handles. An interesting find when I was preparing the cylinder for painting was a date stamp on one of the blades ! It was a very shallow stamp and was only visible when stripped back to bare metal , it had the manufacturers initials and 10/47 so I assume this dates the machine to October 1947, as soon as i painted the cylinder the stamp disappeared !! The hardest part of the stripdown was the rear half rollers, lots of WD40 and a bit of gentle persuasion with a rubber mallet and all was well. This gave me access to the ratchets in each half roller, these really needed a good clean and re-grease , probably hadn't seen the light of day from when it was made 73 years ago ! The mower is now finished and I'm quite proud of it.
Well , in what I assume is common among club members, the bug had bitten !! I'm now an addict. I managed to win a Presto Rollmo 5-15 on ebay for £18. Its in full working order but just looks a bit scruffy !
Restoration starts tomorrow
I have a question - Is this a rare machine ? Should I do a more sensitive restoration and stay away from Hammerite on this one ?
I found this site when I was researching the Ransomes , I was impressed with all the content and this was what prompted me to join.
So from a simple lockdown project I suppose I have now turned into a collector haha.
I have photos of the machines at various stages if anybody would be interested to see them
Look forward to lots more interaction on forums