I'm new here, mulling over what to do with this old mower, which I believe, from the remains of the lettering on the side, is a Suffolk Super Punch. The blade is 14inch. However the manual I was given was for a Colt, and the grass collector also bears the name Colt.
I was given it by a fellow allotmenteer, who was using it, but had kept it outside until it stopped working. I got it working with a new plug and used it occasionally, though as my wife tended to point out it only really flattened the grass rather than shortening it. I made some attempt at sharpening the blade but it didn't make much difference and it fell out of use, and has sat either outside or in my garage for a few years. Now I fancy getting it working again.
I'll admit though that I haven't done anything like this before, and don't know much about mowers or engines in general.
I like to think it won't be too hard to get it started, though the very first issue I have is the starter - these two parts, once in place, are very loose. Am I right in thinking there should be a pin/rod of some kind through the middle to hold them together?
Then of course I'll have to think about getting it running properly and cutting the grass. I took the top of the engine off and it was full of soot/coke so I can imagine the whole thing might need a bit of a clean.
Then of course I should think about painting it. I'm presuming this isn't a rare classic and maybe it won't be sacrilege if I practise on this one?
So I wouldn't know where to start with questions. I suppose:
-What is it?
-Am I right about the starter?
-Presuming there isn't a step-by-step guide as to how to look after/restore/fix one of these things, where should I start?
- how ambitious should I be about the bodywork?
Thanks in advance!