Hi all at the Old Mower Club.
I have recently joined because I know all you guys and gals have massive knowledge of mowers, mower engines and the like and I am in need of some help as I seem to have come to a brick wall in a quest I am currently on.
The short story is we inherited an oldish mower (I have summised it was built in 1974, not as old as a lot of your machies I bet!).
Anyway, it seems to be somewhat of a hybrid as it has a Mountfield body, an Atco blade system and Tecumseh engine!
Now, the body is Ok, still in good order, the blades (attached by bolts to each end of the cross arm-it's a rotary mower) were a bit difficult to find but I located 2 on e-bay of all places (triangular in shape with a cutting edge on each side) I managed to get the old, very battered, blades off and fit the new ones and used last year with no real problem.
The problem I have is with the engine. I said it is a Tecumseh but it is actually made as a joint venture between them and Fiat. It's called a Tecnamotor and was built, as I say around 1974.
Now all would be well if I could find out what model engine it is but there are no distinguishing marks on it, some places seem to have been defaced by a chisel! (not sure why). I have looked under every bit of cover, all around the body and under the machine and have drawn a blank every time.
I have looked at the Tecumseh website but this engine is not as current.
The throttle/carburator/govenor linkage is not as I have seen on Youtube video's either. Seems to be a complecated setup.
I stripped it down to clean as it was a mess last winter but, like a fool took no photo's before I de-linked all the bits and cannot now remember how it all fit's together. Not a good position to be in.
To be honest, I don't even know if it was linked properly in the first place but it ran, got a bit hot at times but ran well and steady (until this year). The start of this year it was a real pig to start, kept stopping and just would not get going. I managed to mow 2 square feet!
So. I would like to know if any of you esteemed people can help me. I want to get my machine up and running again so need someone to see if they can help me identify the engine model and tell me how to link the throttle etc again (or properly this time).
I have some photo's on my google drive so if there are any takers I can email the link so you can view.
I really do hope someone out there can get me and my machine going again.
Thanks for reading