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#111527 31/03/21 07:44 PM
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So over the past few weeks while waiting for parts I decided to collect some reference material. Here is my collection so far.

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Im still searching for the unicorn tho the small engines 199. Also looking for number 424.

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Purchased these today as a birthday present to myself. Coming from The UK. Just another piece of Victa history for my collection....

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Hi Sean
That is a great purchase in documenting the growth of Victa UK.

The UK was Victa's base for sales there and on the Continent.
Victa set up shop there in about 1961.

The thing is that Victas sold overseas did vary from their AUS
counterparts. Some overseas models never sold here!

Cheers
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Jack

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I know that things in these books may be completely different to the Australian versions and models. It was just another little piece for the pool room. Thanks Jack

I have these for reference if I want:

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Stumbled upon another little gem last night. Small engines no.112. It's on its way! Can't wait to have a look through this one!!!

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So I finally found the final gregorys manual on victa mowers!!! I also found one on body repairs that is going to be an essential tool in restoring plastic cowlings!!!!

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I got this from a WA seller recently for much less than what SCA wanted for a similar book.

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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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The new edition, I'm going to need to get that one! I want as much information as I can get when it comes to fixing or mocking up a cowling.

I started to have a good look at the fluoro green cowling for my store brand high arch contessa today. It looks like someone has tried to put a poor quality clear coat on it at some stage but it may be the way they were produced. Anyway, I started to clean it today with some good quality car wash and a toothbrush and this layer started to come off and this amazing bright green colour started to shine, the quality of the plastic underneath looks smooth and excellent. It's going to take some serious time to get it to the point where I'm happy but I know I'm going to be very very happy with the end result!!!

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I'd think it's just the same thing pretty much, just repackaged. I do like my cover, I won't hide that lol.


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I haven't posted on this thread for a while and I've picked up a few things since I last posted so here's a few things:
Victa part reference guide from 1970-1987 in 2 separate files
5 part's amendments and prices revisions
Victa 71-72 parts reference guide
Victa power units engine manual
Scientific publication number 100 Mowers
Victa owners guide to the 78-80 PowerPlus
Victa owners guide to the 78-80 High Arch including corvette
Victa owners guide to the 73-74 VC range
3 Villiers Mark 7F engine manuals
And a heap of new old stock and a couple of mowers that I'm picking up after lockdown!

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So I found it. It's in the mail, Gregory's Small Engines Manual Number 199. I've also acquired Gregory's Rover mowers guide number 99 and 101.

There are plenty of other guides and manuals I've been picking up recently too. I have also acquired a printer with a good flat bed scanner and am currently scanning everything. It's a massive job......

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I need to get one of those.
Found a steel bodied Rover with Briggs 375 last night.
The bar blade is in great condition.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Age?

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Late 1990s or 2000s at a guess.


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Here's the rig to sate your curiosity.

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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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Not my cup of tea to be honest but only because I'm ageist! Anything after the mid 80's I just struggled with the lack of flair in design compared to the 70's. I would have grabbed that mower tho too but to see if it was able to make a few $$$ off it.

So I have the money, I put it out on my platform's recently that I was looking for a Red 73-74 Mustang, Mint Purple VC-SPORT with catcher or a decent twin. Well there is a twin available but in Tasmania and the guy is pick up only and won't budge.

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It cost nothing and the bar blade looked good. Body and wheels in good condition plus I have a couple of spare Rover catchers doing nothing, so may be a handy bit of pocket money, we'll see.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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I have found 3 great quality mowers that I serviced and were like new. I could only get $50 for each because Facebook marketplace is just saturated with good cheap mowers. I hope you do make a little pocket money but in my experience it's never been worth my time. So I don't do that any more.

Fingers crossed you make some $$$

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