I am currently taking apart a 8" Silens Messor mower.
Its going quite well at the moment, with all the bolts coming free so far.
I have questions!
Are the washers on the reel damaged, or are they supposed to be that shape? if so, why that shape?
I'm not sure what to do with the Reel - it is the most rusted and pitted part (apart from the roller). Opinions and expereince very welcome on courses of action. I've had some things sandblasted in the past (motorcycle related) and wondered if that would be appropriate? I clearly dont want to ruin the bearing surfaces or the blade edges.
I want to use the mower, and I don't want it too look too restored. I have seen some bright red gloss painted pitted reels in the past, and they do look like an ornament rather than a working mower. What colour would it have been new?
Next - one of the front roller supports has been bodged together in the past. Does anyone know where I might get a replacement? Don't laugh too hard! Just thought I would ask!
That's it for now. Thanks in advance for any advice.