Ransomes 20" Auto Certes - A few questions

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Geoff
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Ransomes 20" Auto Certes - A few questions

Hello All.

I have a couple of questions relating to the above mower.

1) My son and I are in the process of stripping it down but we were unable to remove the engine.  Three bolts came out fine but the one under the exhaust is slightly different as it seems to be a captive bolt coming up through the chasses.  This means that the engine cannot be simply slid away from the centrifugal clutch.  Are we missing something, or do we need to take the main drive shaft out to allow the engine to be lifted from this bolt?

2) Does anyone here know where I can buy a copy of the parts list / exploded diagram to help us along our way?

3) We have the chance of a grassbox from a Mk5 20" Marquis, will this fit the Mk3 20" Auto Certes, as ours is in really bad shape?  It looks similar but not sure of compatibility.

4) Ours has chassis rot right at the front edges above the roller.  Someone has also tried to repair it in the past but not very well.  I used to do a lot of bodywork on old cars when I was a bit younger so not afraid of the welder and so on.  Has anyone successfully managed to recreate the shape of the front end of these machines?  It's probably not worth the effort when it gets to this point, but it should make a good summer project for us.

Anyway I've ranted on for long enough so if anyone can help with these questions, it'd be very much appreciated.

Cheers,

Geoff.

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PM sent,  but engine removal.

PM sent,  but engine removal.

As you are probably going to strip the machine to a bare chassis, why not drop out the rear roller so you can remove the offending  bolt? I’m guessing that at some time the thread in the reinforcing bar under the top deck was stripped ant that putting a bolt up from below was an instant solution; but why not a helicoil?

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Right, now that makes sense. 

Right, now that makes sense.  I'll drop the rear roller as you suggest and see what's hidden under there.

Forgive me for this question, you say that you've sent me a PM.  How on earth do I find my private messages.  cant see the option anywhere. 

 

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Re PM. It should arrive in

Re PM. It should arrive in your email "in box" as a message from the Old Mower Club. To send one to another member posting on the forum just click on their username and select "contact".

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That's great, thank you for

That's great, thank you for clarifying.  And thank you for your PM too, I'll make some phone calls tomorrow.