It's all Clive's fault for posting details of a British Anzani Powermow 24" in need of a home , especially when its only 20 miles away. The story is that the machine was the former property of a local Vicar who presumably lived in one of those large old vicarages with a big garden. The vicar was retiring and gave the machine to one of his parishioners who restores old motorcycles. All well and good except that said parishioner has a smallish garden not suited to a 24" mower . The mower was pushed to the end of the garden and stood on a sheet of polythene with the grass box inverted over the engine . There it remained for for enough time for the front rollers to disappear and some heavy rusting to affect the lower steel work. On the plus side the grass box is alloy and is in good condition. I dragged it from its resting place last week , brought it home and set about dismantling it.
A couple of days later, after lots of heat and Plus Gas, its all apart . On the down side - missing belt guard, missing transmission cover and totally seized cutting cylinder bearings, plus ouf course some heavy rusting. On the plus side , the engine is free and it is a simple well built machine , so watch this space.