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#118247 22/05/23 08:40 PM
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Hi guys I'm new to this forum.

I was given two lawnmowers one a Mustang and a Corvette 600 they both look similar. The mustang has a thicker snorkel tube. They both look like from the late nineties early 2000s. Both alloy frame.

Without looking at pics which one is the better mower?

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Hi Jeffery,
Welcome here, good score there they look in very good condition.

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Thank you Norm. Which of the two are a better mower? Motor etc? They look pretty similar to me. What differentiates the two

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Hi Jeff,
Both the same mower, all Victa did for 25 years with that mower was change the plastics and call it a new model. They did a few tweeks to the carby and changed the inlet manifold all claiming to give more power but apart from that the motor remained the same from when it was introduced in the early eighties.. Yours with the alloy body makes them top of the range. Only issue with them is my absolute hatred of the float needles and primer caps but once you get past that problem these mowers still have countless years left in them

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You pretty much described my mrs

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??? What part???


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
??? What part???

MF, probably something along these lines haha

Originally Posted by NormK
(all they did) for 25 years was change the plastics and call it a new model. did a few tweeks ... claiming to give more power but apart from that ... remained the same from when it was introduced in the early eighties ... once you get past that problem ... still have countless years left

grin

But back to the mower, Norm has hit the nail on the head. The only difference is the one with the thicker snorkel will supposedly have more power (negligible in reality though)

But basically whichever one will idle without stuffing around would be the one

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Thanks for the replies gentleman. I will keep the Mustang for use and the Corvette as a parts mower.

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The Corvette can be your side mower wink.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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As MF said, get both running because you never know when your mower won't start ( float needle and primer cap problems) or you never know when you might need a second mower. They are both too good to use just for parts

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The Corvette was given by someone who lives on a small block with very minimal grass. The back and front yard are covered with trees do it gets barely any sun. The yard it full of rocks. The mower wasn't started in three years and the blades were smashed up from the rocks in the yard and also I noticed it was fitted with one of the vintage Victa mufflers which the Victa logo was punched on.

I suspect the mower wasn't used much.

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Not used but abused. Sounds like a few parts replaced will have it running like a top.

The Mustang is a higher end model, but I fail to see any meaningful difference in spec here.

Some transmission fluid will have the sun burnt plastics looking somewhat rejuvenated.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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I'll give them a once over this weekend and post up some pics

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They both have the best looking engine dress cowls put on a PT.


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

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