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#111465 28/03/21 01:20 PM
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Good morning all members

I was out looking through a pile of catchers which had been advertised when I spotted this mustang, same model as Tyler got this month. Did my best to ignore it and you know the rest of the story !
In better than average condition apart from missing a leg, it cleaned up well. Only thing wrong was the end had come off the decompressor valve and melted, engine runs great.
There was a lot of build up under the cowling and between the engine and shroud, I can't help thinking that these engines would have to run hotter than average with the muffler and engine block quite tightly covered ? and many must have suffered engine failure and the odd fire or two wouldn't be of surprise to me. As for noise suppression, there is a 72 dba sticker on the handle bar whereby 75dba is the standard, doesn't sound quieter to the ear though. Have no idea what the hand written 5hr with a tick next to it on the engine shroud means.

Cheers
wce

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wce #111470 28/03/21 09:53 PM
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Good find wce. Looks in better condition than mine.

Maybe the 5hr was from its first service back in the day - though I have never owned a new mower I am fairly sure a first service is 5 hours???

Mechanic probably figured no one would notice it under there. But usually there would be a date after it otherwise its quite useless on its own

I think the 72db difference is overrated - though it is slightly noticeable. When new, with a tight carby, there probably was more of a difference.


Lawn is looking mint by the way


Regards

wce #111473 29/03/21 12:58 AM
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Hi wce and Tyler,
I heard one in 88 and it sounded just as noisy to me as a casual observer across the street.
I did find my yellow Vortex slightly quieter after a direct comparo with another Powertorque but that could be down to the individual engines rather than all the covering.
By looking at it, you'd think it would be whisper quiet.
But not going to happen with a 2 stroke.

I think any noise reduction worth noting is down to the lower typical operating revs required due to the lift effect of the Vortex cutting disc.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
wce #112128 17/05/21 11:36 PM
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Im too late for mustang moth but I did get 4 mock up's put mostly together today for pictures. 3 Mustangs 1 PowerPlus
Here are the Mustangs running a month and a half behind with their advertisements.

These are just mock up pictures before they get put away until it's their turn for restoration.

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wce #112130 18/05/21 12:22 AM
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I wonder, did the series 80 white top Mustang come with that revised catcher shape as used in the electronic ignition Mustang that followed it?


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
wce #112140 19/05/21 09:37 PM
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No, it isn't the correct one. I used the catcher that's actually for the next mustang model after that one that I bought the same day. Again, I have one lined up that will suit it closer but still isn't correct completely. In the advertisement it has no indicator hole and the Victa logo is white, in this picture I'll show you the one I have lined up but I might have to give it a paint with a slightly darker green to match the dark deck and then airbrush the Victa logo and give it a solid gloss to match the advertisement.

So to answer the question: No, I cheated.... 🤫

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wce #112146 19/05/21 11:50 PM
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I think this one that's been on ebay since I started collecting is the correct one for one of my 80's Mustangs. It's $300 New Old Stock with box. I've blown my savings and I never had a match for it until now.

Please someone tell me I'm wrong!!!

Update, it's not the right part number, that fits the late 70's early 80's lightweight and some of the later 80's electric's according to the parts reference list on this forum (Probably one of the best sources of basic information to identify parts and mowers)

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wce #112148 20/05/21 01:45 AM
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I knew straight away that was for the compact. Thanks for confirming about the series 80 Mustang catcher. I was pretty sure it still used the old shape catcher but I wasn't positive.

How do you find things like this. Whenever I look on EBay, I hardly ever see things of that calibre. Another member who hasn't posted for many months scored an early PT green base Mustang for $21.00 in Sydney in good condition for it's age complete with good catcher and it had an oversized piston meaning it had been rebuilt at some point. I had been searching the site at the time he announced he got it.
Is eBay playing tricks on me by an algorithm?


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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It's changing the search engine settings and the wording I put into the engine.

My ebay goes world wide. That's how I've scored some great manuals and memorabilia

wce #112167 24/05/21 02:45 PM
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It's difficult to set it to worldwide, but I have a roundabout way of doing it.
I used to also type the address for ebay in the UK and would find stuff you don't see with the "worldwide" setting, but they were items not posted overseas but you may get a seller to send it if you contact them.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Originally Posted by Mowerfreak
I wonder, did the series 80 white top Mustang come with that revised catcher shape as used in the electronic ignition Mustang that followed it?

Here is the correct catcher MF. I picked up today along with a heap of other stuff and I have more to pick up.

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wce #112356 24/06/21 06:44 PM
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It certainly looks better than the green frog version but the SuperStart Mustang that succeeded this one with the same base casting looked more aerodynamic. This was starting to date quite badly by the late 70s.
The 125 III was a better looking all green mower.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Hmm, I disagree. I love the look of this Mustang and the way they put the cowl design back to the bone white, which in my mind is an homage to the first Mustangs with a cross over of the bone white (Like the red and white one) and the green, all be it a darker shade.

But I define agree that of all of the green 70's series that the 73-74 VC125 was the best looking green combination. There is only 1 that trumps it and that's the 72-73 Impala 2 125cc in the VC160 dark green and the red logo.

wce #112363 25/06/21 12:58 PM
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I don't like that shape catcher either. I never knew they made a darker green one. I do like it on the VC-125 III as an overall package though, but the Mustang with it's green all over cover that makes it look like an ugly lump is just too much.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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wce #112392 30/06/21 03:03 PM
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I guess my issue with the all green Mustangs of the 70's is the different shades of green after the weather has discoloured some parts and not others....

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wce #112393 30/06/21 06:50 PM
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Good to see you got your response in just in time (30 June). Mustang Month is almost over.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
wce #112403 02/07/21 05:55 PM
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Honestly this is my favourite mower, out of all of my mowers.

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wce #112404 02/07/21 11:32 PM
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It's in good condition for it's age. I just wish so many weren't scraped on the edge like that. I thought line trimmers took over the role of edges near cement and rockery years ago.
I recently reshaped a badly worn edge of a red Vortex base using a section of steel strap and grey epoxy filler for steel and aluminium. There was no metal at all up to an inch from the bottom. Wouldn't know it now.

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Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
wce #112405 03/07/21 02:05 PM
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Better picture.

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Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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wce #112408 04/07/21 11:22 AM
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Handy bit of work there MF, well done.

Cheers
wce

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