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#108970 15/10/20 02:27 PM
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wce Offline OP
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Hi all

I picked up this base thinking it was a Corvette 4 ( 514 ) and was in better shape than mine but when I compared it to the one I have it"s different not having the side discharge and takes a different catcher. Would it be a Cortina 4 base ?

Cheers
wce

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wce #108975 15/10/20 06:24 PM
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G'day wce

The 1969 model 2 stroke Victa Cortina doesn't have a discharge cover on the side or an edger cover on the opposite
side to the side discharge cover but I have never seen a 1969 Victa cortina 4 stroke mower so I would be looking under
the mower base to see if someone has cut a larger hole in the centre of the base to allow the fitment of the 4 stroke motor.

I've had a few seventies Victa 2 stroke mowers that have had the centre removed allowing the fitment of a 4 stroke .

None of the parts books or sales brochures mention a 1969 model 4 stroke Cortina ,unless anyone else can find
some documentation saying otherwise .

Cheers
Max

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wce #108977 15/10/20 09:30 PM
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Hi Maxwestern

Thanks for your response, I might be on the wrong track, which is not unusual, but was thinking it may be Cortina 4 64 - 66 model 528. the base looks right ?

Regards
wce

wce #108978 15/10/20 09:44 PM
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G'day gentlemen, I strongly suspect this is a cut out job. That motor doesn't look right there.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
wce #108979 16/10/20 12:04 AM
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G'day wce, Max and MF,
I guess Model 528 is a fair call.
Max will be a better judge of that than I.

Victa never used Briggs in this decade.
It presents as a a mid-1960s chassis with a 1970s Briggs 10 Series.

Yes, the motor does not look right at all - way too front heavy,
it must have put a bit of strain on the rear axle when turning!

Cheers
-------------------------
Jack

wce #108983 16/10/20 09:46 AM
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Morning Jack, MF and Max

Only had eyes for the base as the Briggs was fitted at a later date. What makes me think it is an early 4 stroke base was a 4 stroke engine with Victa plate on the front, same as on my Corvette 4 sitting about 30 meters away from this mower, the engine was seized so didn't worry about it. Unfortunately the cowling wasn't with it. Ill take the Briggs off when I get a chance and have a good look at the base.

Cheers
wce

wce #108988 16/10/20 07:48 PM
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G'day WCE ,Jack and MF

I wasn't 100 percent sure if there was a 4 stroke Cortina without the side discharge cover ,I thought this base
at the top of the page can't be 1964 because the 1964 model had a round badge on the front of the base going
by the Victa parts Manual but I think the image is wrong in the parts manual for the 1964 4 stroke Cortina.

In 1967 from the brochure on ODK the Cortina has a side discharge cover and in a 1968 - 1969 brochure there is
no mention of a 4 stroke Cortina .

A few images below showing the 2 stroke Cortina base without side cover but showing if you cut the 2 stroke
centre out of the base you are left with the 4 stoke base.

I'm happy to agree it's a 528 but the image in the Victa parts manual was throwing me because it's showing the
wrong base.

I had thought the 1964 Cortina 4 had used the same base as a 1963 Corvette but now I am a lot more certain
the early Cortina didn't have a side cover so thanks for clearing that up WCE and Jack.

Not sure why the 1967 -1968 Cortina went with the side cover and then in 1969 Victa did away with the side cover again.

Had a hunt around and found three two stroke Cortina mowers here and none of them had side covers but previously
had thought they were 1969 because of the Victa books lol

Cheers
Max.

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wce #108989 16/10/20 09:37 PM
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I had thought the 1964 Cortina 4 had used the same base as a 1963 Corvette but now I am a lot more certain
the early Cortina didn't have a side cover so thanks for clearing that up WCE and Jack.
Hi Max and wce
Many thanks for explaining this.
I did not realise this until I re-looked at the information for my previous post.
But I was still not sure. Sometimes, my brain hurts.

It now makes more sense; in that the flagship Corvette was the
up-sell for the Cortina in 1964 - meaning that the edging flap
was a Corvette selling feature that could not be on the early Cortinas.

Max, you remind all that Manuals are imperfect.
I wish Victa had adopted the Briggs tiered system of Model, Type and Code.

Cheers
Jack


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