I'm a newbie and not sure whether and Atco Admiral 16E is "old" enough for this site, but am hoping someone can help. We acquired the beast for free "not working" as my 11 year old son has wanted to fix up a petrol engine for a while. With my guidance he's stripped the engine, cleaned the carb, cleared years of dirt, replaced the spark plug and air filter, rebuilt it all, and he now has a nice smoothly running engine! As you can imagine he's very happy!
Problem 1 - model number:
So the mower casing is printed in big letters with "Admiral 16E Self Propelled". I don't have the manual. When googling for parts and manuals, I can find these versions in many places. None of them seem to match:
ADMIRAL 16 (F016509042)
ADMIRAL 16 (F016L80333)
ADMIRAL 16 (F016L80471)
ADMIRAL 16S (F016509142)
ADMIRAL 16S (F016L80472)
ADMIRAL 16SE (F016509242)
ADMIRAL 16SE (F016L80473)
How do I find out which one mine is? I can't find any model information either etched or stuck to the frame of the machine, other than the large print branding.
Problem 2 - blade fitting parts: I will try to upload photos when I'm at home later.
We are now left with one key problem. When we got it, the blade was loose, rotating freely around the spindle. You could spin it with a finger, so I removed it for safety's sake. In the past someone has clearly removed the blade and replaced it with just 2 washers. Because they have tried running the engine with the blade loose, it has rotated around the shaft rather than being gripped tight to it, and caused significant wear and damage to the fitting parts. There is also no fan mounted above the blade - the parts diagrams I've seen imply there should be one!?!
All the parts diagrams have different combinations of bits (up to 5 it seems) which are used to hold the blade in place. These are different part numbers for the different versions above, but look very similar in photos on parts sites. But buying all the parts could be >£50 from these sites.
I'm gutted that yesterday I missed a spares and repairs sale of the identical mower for £10 off Facebook selling, but will keep looking :(
Can someone with the same model please attach photos of the underneath showing a properly fitted blade, any fan, and if you can get the right angle, the washers etc surrounding the blade fitting?
Much obliged for any advice and time you can spare!