Ive posted a few times on here regarding my Lawnrider and received some great help and advice so many thanks. It now finally runs! I have yet to restore the cutter assembly, but that'll be next.
Working on the mower has been a great experience, I've learnt a lot though at times it's also been quite frustrating! Initially my plan was to preserve it. However after much research into preservation vs restoration I decided on the latter. It had quite a lot of non-original paint so I was a bit torn. I'm really pleased how it's turned out, though I realise it's not 100% accurate. Any modifications though I've tried to keep "period". The grass box I think I will preserve as it still has traces of the Anzani name visible and hasn't been painted, so is original.
So what's it had?
Engine: new piston rings, both crankshaft seals, all new carb jets and seals, new starter spring and rope (I retained the original handle), valve seats ground and adjusted, new crankcase and valve box seal, new spark plug and ht lead, electronic timing module, fitted a period kill switch. New head gasket. Everything cleaned and polished. Repaired a stripped exhaust bolt. I won't say how for fear of offending any engineers! New muffler to make it a bit quieter - does seem to work a little. I needed a converter piece and an angled malleable iron fitting for the muffler to fit. New air filter, the old cup was kaput and this is a period-ish replacement. Fuel tank rust treated and sealed inside with tank seal. New fuel hose and fuel cock insert.
The mower: replacement period Brooks saddle, new drive bearings, all other bearings cleaned and re-greased as seem fine. Everything rust treated, treated with Dinitrol and sprayed with Paragon hammered enamel. The blue I thought was going to be much lighter but I still like it. All new cables, new v belts, new brake and clutch levers (the old ones will need a professional refurb/re-chrome at some point - I would like to reinstate them). The "gearbox" was completely rusted and seized so I took it all apart and salvaged it. It came up very well and works perfectly. A few replacement bolts, washers etc but I tried to use as many of the original ones as possible. So all rust treated and cleaned up. Replacement headstock "bung" and cutter lever grip.
I've taken pictures of all the bits at each stage to document what I've done. Now it starts and drives well, I'll set about the cutter part! I also need to replace a couple of damaged pulley wheels.
All in all its been great fun, though I hate to think what I've spent on parts, paint etc and tools! But what a thing of beauty, and hopefully it will last another 50 odd years.
One question I do have is on is it's year of manufacture if anyone knows? I believe the cutter disengagement device that it has came in 1966, but this one seems curious as the brake is not a foot brake but a lever on the bars. I've not seen another one with is arrangement. There's no evidence of drillings for the foot brake so it's not just been converted.