I've just taken collection of a Atco standard 14" mower. My usual approach with these projects ,in ignorance, is to blind in and start taking the thing apart. My intuition is telling me that I would do better to disconnect the drive and then see if I can get the engine to run.
How do the rest of you approach these jobs particularly if there is little hope of finding spares?
Specific to the Atco standard, are there any identification marks I should look for? The engine has Villiers engine is the Mark VI-C which seems to date to 1922-23 but this may or may not be original. The casting on the handle says Chas H Pughs but the tank is mounted across the frame. From the notes on the Mower Profile it sounds as if there was an endless variety of different combinations made not to mention later replacements made by owners.
Are there any common faults or issues that i should be aware of?