First Time Restoring...please help

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First Time Restoring...please help

Good Morning, All

 

I am about to make a start on refurbing my Grandads old Webb lawnmower and was hoping to get a bit of advice before I start.

I have attached some pictures below and was wondering if you could answer the following:

What Webb Model is this?

What is the best paint to use and does anyone know the best colours to use are so that is matches what it would have looked like from new?

Finally, does anyone have a picture of this lawnmower when it was new, or one which has been recently restored...just could I could use it as a point of reference when working on mine?

Many thanks in advance for all your help

Mark

 

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Hi Mark,

Hi Mark,

There is no photo in your posting, you must insert it when uploaded.

 

Regards, Henno

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Mark had followed the

Mark had followed the instructions correctly for uploading the images but it looks like he forgot to click on the "Insert" button to make them visible in the posting. We've all done it...

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Apologies all...it looks like

Apologies all...it looks like thet are uploaded now...I hope.

Any help would be gratefully appreciated 

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Hello

Hello

Can you confirm number of blades on cutting cylinder, if 8 its a Webb Witch or 6 it will be a Wasp, the Witch did have the grooved roller on earlier machines.

I have various catalogue images etc. The Witch was around from 1932 to at least 1969 & still many in use.

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Hi Clive,  thanks for your

Hi Clive,  thanks for your help.

I've checked the mover and it does have the 8 blades on the Cutting Cylinder so will take it that it is the Webb Witch. 

Is there any possibility that you could let me see some pictures of a new/restored one please.

Would you also happen to know the name/make of colours that I should use to get it as close to the original as possible?

I'm currently looking into sourcing some new wooden rollers and was also wondering if you have any advice on where to find the replacement rubber handles as the ones on mine have deteriorated quite a bit.

Thanks again,

Mark

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Hello Mark

Hello Mark

Yes assumed it was a Witch, quite remarkable just checked my notes, they had a very long production run 56yrs!!  1932-88, prices ranging from £3-10s in 1932 to £144.95 in 1988, we often regard Ransomes Ajax as having a long run, but they only managed around 40 years!

The ad attached is from the early 1930's , whilst difficult to date yours it has the straight handles, the first type used, changing to cross over tubular handles, not sure when this happened but certainly by 1959, I also have 1953 brochure showing pram handle. Most straight handle versions I have seen have wooden hand grips not the rubber ones which were certainly fitted to the crossover type.

Do you have the grass box? If not I will check my stock as have quite a few Webb ones around.

As to paint, whilst not sure of colour code, you do have some original paint on side cover, perhaps clean this & then use colour charts to match or a local dealer with a computerised colour match system.

I have used Smith & Allen who can mix most colours, charts on-line & they supply both in tins & aerosols https://www.smithandallan.com/products/tractol-paint/1446-tractol-340-single-pack-vqd-machinery-enamel/

The link below shows another members restoration, 

http://oldlawnmowerclub.co.uk/forum/general-topics/general-discussions/just-restoration-out-interest-0

Hope that helps, may also be worth checking out the restoration guidance on the clubs website.

Regards

 

Clive

 

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Hi Clive,

Hi Clive,

Many thanks for your detailed reply. The looking on this site to a members recently restored mower is definitely something for me to aim towards.

I do have the Grass box but think it is a bit worse for wear and worry that when I try to remove the old paint and rust, some holes may be present. Could you let me know if you do have a grass box in your stock please?

I have sourced the decals from Australia and think I have sourced new rollers too. I am just a bit stuck now with the Rubber handles - are you able to advise where I could source replacements from please?

Thanks again for everything

Mark

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I'm sure that the question  -

I'm sure that the question  - and answer - re rubber handle grips has been raised on this forum in the past and that there is a company who can supply grips to the original pattern. Perhaps Clive can assist.

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May be these people. http://www.jpricebath.co.uk/hand%20grips,rubber.html