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#115238 04/05/22 06:49 PM
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speedy Offline OP
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Well I got the Sanli going for my friends grandma... she gave me these two sad old mowers. The kids have been playing mechanics and mowermen, filling them up with water......... why not...
Anyway the Rover looks like a good start, turns over... that's good.
cheers speedy

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speedy #115239 04/05/22 08:50 PM
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Nice rustic vertical pull there. I recently stripped a green Rover like that for the good bits like starter and handlebars and threw motor in the bin. Will take the flogged out base on a tip run.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
speedy #115351 14/05/22 03:45 PM
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I cleaned flywheel and coil, go a spark. cleaned carb and tank, but the rubber gasket doesn't look good. I have another carb. Tried to sharpen blades, but disk was a bit rusty......
speedy

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speedy #115353 14/05/22 04:57 PM
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Just found a Chandlers ad "We stand behind the product we sell".



Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
speedy #115378 17/05/22 06:18 PM
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I wanted to take boss off and maybe fit a Victa base plate....
I heated the boss with with my gas gun........ then threw water and my coffee on it to break the rust seal..... it worked.....
I just post this so guys will have a go...
https://youtube.com/shorts/3IdeNqowKWU?feature=share

cheers speedy


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speedy #115383 18/05/22 08:09 AM
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That is good speedy, I have to remove 2 from Honda motors and previously on a Honda I had to give up trying with my jack setup as they would not look like moving with 6 tons on them

speedy #115385 18/05/22 11:16 AM
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Norm, you have probably already tried this but I have had luck with sitting the crankshaft in an icecream container full of oil for 2 weeks to a month.

if you're in no rush, it works pretty good

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speedy #115412 20/05/22 04:57 PM
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I wanted to try B&S engine, so needed a base plate on. I modified an old Victa baseplate.... I put antisieze on the threads, as I have a big tin I found......
speedy

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speedy #115413 20/05/22 06:02 PM
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Is the centre bolt holding it on at all, or only the three locating bolts? I hope it is.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
speedy #115416 20/05/22 06:57 PM
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speedy I can't believe you don't have a Rover blade carrier kicking around there. The blade carriers way outlast Briggs motors

speedy #115417 20/05/22 07:14 PM
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I recently threw one away. It was pretty scaly and there's the geographical situation...


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
speedy #115422 21/05/22 01:49 AM
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I only own 1x rover - but have about 5 of the bloody discs sitting around haha

Do like speedy's idea though

speedy #115424 21/05/22 08:04 AM
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It's held on by all bolts and a couple of washers under main bolt. It's just temporary to test motor. I'll keep lookout for Rover base plate........if motor is OK.
Yes I had visions of it shearing off bolts and running wild.........
speedy


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speedy #115432 21/05/22 11:40 AM
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Speedy, to give the motor reciprocating mass to test with is fine. Over time would be the worry, although, as long as you know it's spinning true and the bolts are secure, I can't see why it won't work. I would check after each mow for the first few goes though.
Hope you find an original disc soon.

Tyler, have you got the best one out of six on Kermit the Wayfarer?


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
speedy #115433 21/05/22 12:31 PM
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MF, the blade disc on the wayfarer was perfect - had a stuffed main seal so covered in oil haha

speedy #115434 21/05/22 01:28 PM
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No better preserver than oily gunk. Maybe I should leave the oil leak alone on the ute haha haha.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
speedy #115449 22/05/22 11:17 AM
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Anyway it started with the electric drill, I just let it run and awaken after a few years sleeping....
I just have to sort out spring on carb.... mowed half front yard. Baseplate was solid afterwards.
speedy
https://youtube.com/shorts/GQLM4K51nSo


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speedy #115452 22/05/22 02:06 PM
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Sounds alright speedy. I take it you're giving the cowl and grill a lick of paint.

Won't be sad once it's sorted.

Last edited by Mowerfreak; 22/05/22 02:19 PM.

Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
speedy #115454 22/05/22 05:11 PM
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The baseplate loosened, It's not a permanent fix...... The wheels and axles are good.... but I don't want to restore... I'll wait for a rover baseplate and just use or give to friend in need . It's a 70's model.
speedy


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speedy #115482 25/05/22 04:40 PM
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Better luck on the Sanli.
Took the top off and of course the flywheel was rusty...... cleaned it up with wire brush.... The little boys who were playing with it filled the fuel tank with water but fuel tap was turned off....
I put a piece of plastic tube as a new fuel line, no filter. The trick is both ends have diffent diameters, but my hose is one diameter. I soaked one end in boiling water, sprayed with WD40 and wrestled it onto the tank end, and put a screw clip on the carb smaller dia end...... prob solved...
Fixed handles, throttle cable bent a bit, lubricate.
Next sharpen blades ant test drive......... no blade.
Went ahead with start with electric drill, started straight away.....
nice little motor....



On lookout for blade or a disc to fit..
The grandma said keep it.... sell it..
speedy

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