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#117577 18/02/23 07:28 PM
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Have a leaking fuel tap, the body has a split.

Hoping a decent mower shop will have replacement tap sitting on their shelves.I'm too young and impatient to want to order one online and wait for it to be posted next week or next month.

What's the model/best description for my mower ?

Tap-

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Originally Posted by MowingManiac
Have a leaking fuel tap, the body has a split.

Hoping a decent mower shop will have replacement tap sitting on their shelves.I'm too young and impatient to want to order one online and wait for it to be posted next week or next month.

What's the model/best description for my mower ?

Tap-

[Linked Image]

That fuel is a standard Victa tap that any mower shop should have in stock.

If not the online store could ship on Tuesday next week and you should receive it Wednesday or Thursday that week CLICK HERE


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Thanks Bruce, good to know the tap is available.

Meanwhile I rigged up a fuel tank and did half an hour's mowing. It is running perfectly and does give a lovely cut. Nice and light to push, plenty of power at relatively low revs, feels like a 4 stroke.

Once I got behind the handle noticed V96 on the air filter, and just had a look through lots of VC info here on ODK.

Pleased to see it has a "normal" type of carbie,
alloy body and float bowl - those placcy Victa jobs appear tricky to me.

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You lucky duck. You look to have the mark 3 with the revised height adjust (the first to have the proven plastic tooth detents) as well as the 8" rear wheels.
Total quality. Body looks in good conditIon.
I once had the mark 2 and it often hopped out of it's height setting, leaving a mini crop circle. A known problem addressed by this design.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Label on the flywheel shroud says Mark Two 70, MF, and the height detent slots are steel. As it was a roadside find I've no idea of it's history but it appears to have not been fiddled with very much.

After doing a little run this morning I thought it was rather thirsty but realised I hadn't looked at the blades and it was on a much lower height setting than I usually use on our bush property. Sharpened the blades, set up some protection from flying sticks and stones, revised my fuel tank bodge and mowed about 2000 square metres, very reasonable fuel usage.

Somebody has put an "Advance Australia" sticker over the original label on the engine cover and I'm sure if I try to remove it the original will be damaged.

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Oh no! That's like the one I had where the handle hops out of it's setting from time to time and I realised why I found it on the roadside with the height adjust tied on with wire.

What was the previous owner thinking covering up that beautiful label? It totally blights it's appearance.
You may get it off by using a hairdryer to apply a little heat and then attempt to start peeling from one corner. I have successfully transferred labels to another mower cover that way.
A pick tool can help in getting it started. It has probably helped in preserving the VC 160 label in original condition. Reproductions are available, but the chrome strip is not as mirror like as the original.

Last edited by Mowerfreak; 20/02/23 12:24 PM.

Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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'twas a hot day here yesterday and the label peeled off quite easily, fortunately without leaving any sticky residue.

Very impressed with the performance of this mower, runs differently to other 2 strokes, lots of power at lowish revs, quiet, and no unpleasant fumes.

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Got a new fuel tap, and decided to have a look around and soon had the carb in bits (main jet partly blocked, some crud in float bowl), muffler almost completely full of soft soot, then took off the head, barrel and piston to check bore, rings, big end, little end - all in good shape, now running beautifully.

Two Victa things I like - when laid back on the handle it stays there, and the blade carrier is domed (convex upward) so the blades are angled downwards, therefore the tips contact the grass first, perhaps that's why the cut is very smooth?

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Also notice you can insert the catcher without lifting the flap first thanks to the rear flap with the second hinged piece at the bottom. Same deal with the early thumblatch catcher models. Quietly deleted with the second iteration of the thumblatch base sold from 1976 -1992. It was more awkward having to lift the flap with the lever while coordinating attaching the catcher at the same time.
There was overlap however with the twin flap thumblatch base being sold into the 1980s as the highest end models like the Mustang and Powerplus models until the Powertorque engines took over.
Victa really deceived Australians quite a bit. I guarantee they still charged top prices for their later Powertorque Mustang models with innovations like the double flap and angle adjust handles deleted.


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

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