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Re: What's made you smile today? (Part II)

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hi jimboy dont worry frost turned our tatties tops black.now grown to about 3ft tall. digging next week. if it does not snow. mowermender70
Hello mowermender. I've noticed your name come up a few times lately and I've been meaning to ask if it was chosen because you have an interest in horticultural machinery?

I like any old machinery from motor cycles to lawnmowers and cultivators etc. It keeps me ticking over when none of the cars are needing attention and I can work on them inside when the weather is nasty.

I've just finished refurbishing a Merry Tiller Major which has been an on/off job for about the last five years or so. Had to wait for things like main rotor seals which are an unusual design to keep the muck out and oil in - batch produced these days for the owners club. It's first job is going to be making flower beds in my boy's back garden when the builders have finished with his house extension - at this time it looks more like a scene from the trenches in the first world war.

Now the cultivator is ready for use I'm going to get stuck into this:

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I found it in the back of a shed which was to be demolished. The owner couldn't believe I wanted it and just let me take it away. Don't think it's run in years but it does turn over although it was very "gluey" when first tried. WD40 sprayed in the plug hole and crankcase (it's a 2 stroke) and it freed off quite nicely. spins over without any "nasty noises" and has good compression but there's no spark and I know the coils on these engines are very suspect. If I can get it running I think I'll make a bit of a show piece of it. Repaint etc. My youngest boy has his own signwriting business and claims he can copy any of the lettering if we can find a good example on line. I've already taken photos of what's left of the existing lettering. Unfortunately there is no grass box, but that just makes it more interesting, There's one out there just waiting for me to find it!
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Like your style Jock, pottering about as you say, but you take things to a new level Do you have grass to cut? We have decking front and rear, mainly because we never had decent gardens to start with, I was away working quite a lot and our son who has special needs, I had the gardens decked over, maintenance free practically. Must admit as the years go by Im getting lazier. but at the moment I do like the odd project. You certainly have your hands full at times, but obviously you enjoy what youre doing.
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hi yes mowermender started playing with lawnmowers from 1955, when i was 9 years old (was cutting our old age pensioners grass).set up my own business in1987 until 2012 when i retired. sorry (tired). your mower picture is a ransome 14 or 16 age about 1956 suggest take plate off flywheel, clean points .villiers parts from meetens. the founder a miss childs taught me everything about villiers engines + kholer,sachs. briggs and stratton i learnt the hard way mowernender
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ps forgot to say we used to call merrytiller (terry miller) funny how things jog your memory
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hi yes mowermender started playing with lawnmowers from 1955, when i was 9 years old (was cutting our old age pensioners grass).set up my own business in1987 until 2012 when i retired. sorry (tired). your mower picture is a ransome 14 or 16 age about 1956 suggest take plate off flywheel, clean points .villiers parts from meetens. the founder a miss childs taught me everything about villiers engines + kholer,sachs. briggs and stratton i learnt the hard way mowernender
It's got lettering declaring it to be a Ransomes Minor Mk 6

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I've had a bit of a go at the ignition

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but the coil looks really ropy and there's a lot on line about how they fail with age? Anyway, all will be revealed soon.

Clutch looks almost new?

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Our machines ran mostly Briggs. Even out big Ferris ride on had a Briggs V twin as did our big Simplicity walk behind. Our smaller machines were mostly Masports who are now, I believe, owned by Briggs? I loved the Masports! We had a couple of very reliable Honda engined Rovers but I didn't like the way they put the chassis parts together (speed nuts holding wheel bearings on etc) made repairs annoying because you needed a new one every time.

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Just over a week ago looking for things to do and just a wee bit stir crazy I noticed the tatties that we had left had all sprouted, so I thought what the heck Ill plant them, you just never know I thought to myself. Planted several in spare pots we had. Well yesterday I covered up the shaws, you keep doing this to improve the amount of potatoes. Well!!!!!!!!! Since yesterday my wife mentioned to me have you seen the tatties lately. The shaws had grown three or four inches from being fully covered up.

Im not a gardener by any means, but I did learn a thing or two from my Father. Shoring up tatties was very successful for me. Whether I land up with a crop or nothing remains to be seen.....
you can grow in old tyres, as the plants grow you add another tyre and more soil
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Yep..spuds are Great

We had a bag left in a cupboard and forgotten about over the winter..
About 12"/30cm runners on them

They went in the ground in April frost had the early tops.. coming back ok now though
Found last years 'seed poatoes' in the shed..sprouting..
Dug some long slots..threw in @ 20 seed potatoes..all coming up lovely

Not much has flowered yet..
You want to wait another month before digging the flowered ones

May 2020 had a good mix of hot and rain

They take some watering when its hot..!

But you can leave them growing til late autumn if needed

Patio boxes.. tyre stacks.. allotments..hillsides.. plant pots

Ive grown potatoes all sorts of places in the last 10 years.. since Ive had 'time on my hands'
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It's got lettering declaring it to be a Ransomes Minor Mk 6

I've had a bit of a go at the ignition but the coil looks really ropy and there's a lot on line about how they fail with age? Anyway, all will be revealed soon. Clutch looks almost new?
Here's engineer extraordinaire Allen Millyard with a similar looking two-stroke powered Atco mower.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52FK1v6lErQ
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Here's engineer extraordinaire Allen Millyard with a similar looking two-stroke powered Atco mower.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52FK1v6lErQ
Interesting chap isn't he. I've seen a few of his videos and they're always interesting - For instance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND4EA0dnAM8
Nice to see a couple of old SUs being put to such good use!
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Deliveroo carry out being delivered to the flats opposite about 5 minutes ago. Vehicle of choice? usually a chap on a bike or maybe a moped scooter I hear you say? Well no, it was a large Mercedes saloon! How can that make any sense?
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What I find interesting is that the laws of thermodynamics / combustion can be VERY complex at one end but the simple steam engine or petrol or diesel or other fuel engines are so basic in their base form that anyone who understands the simple basics can get their own design of engine up and rotating.

Note I say rotating because moving beyond this point to deliver power, torque, clean burn, low emissions and efficiency clearly demand more "science". But like the simple wood/leaf log fire to modern highly controlled and blown furnaces the origins are simple and do-able by any school kid "with an interest".

What we all hope for is that someone will spot and crack the "thing" that gets, for example fusion power to really and reliably work, or any other breakthrough in any technology, especially medical, that will prolong and sustain our life form.

Today Covid-19 is challenging all countries and scientists but hopefully they will succeed and if we are lucky/graced enough they will succeed.
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Deliveroo carry out being delivered to the flats opposite about 5 minutes ago. Vehicle of choice? usually a chap on a bike or maybe a moped scooter I hear you say? Well no, it was a large Mercedes saloon! How can that make any sense?
could be a furlowed person earning extra cash. or like the bloke who hit my van in a bmw, borrowed his uncles car he offered to get his uncle out to pay but the bit he hit was already scratched, he couldn't believe his luck when i said dont worry about it. this was at the start of lockdown and he was a deliveroo guy
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I took the Idea down to our local mechanic today for a couple of new tyres , oil change , filters , and a new top engine mounting replacement...his son who does most of the work now .. said... "how is the climate control working ? " I said it works but it don't blow very cold ...so he drags out this machine and hooks it up to the car ...And guess what the system is empty ...so he cleans the system with oil and runs it up to pressure ...and discover ...no leaks ... so we re-gas the system...and then start the car, hit the button , and the climate control blasts out cold ..cold.. cold... air ...drove home in the very hot mid day sun ....with a smile on my face ....
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My uncle has been moved from hospital to a nursing home. No visiting yet, but they are in the process of setting up Gazebos outside specific windows, so family can sit outside and patients inside. I assume the window will be open.

My uncle is on the 1st floor. I now have a vision of a gazebo hanging off the side of the building, with a ladder for visitors to climb. That was me and the nurse in stitches at the thought. It is a picture that will not go away.
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My uncle has been moved from hospital to a nursing home. No visiting yet, but they are in the process of setting up Gazebos outside specific windows, so family can sit outside and patients inside. I assume the window will be open.

My uncle is on the 1st floor. I now have a vision of a gazebo hanging off the side of the building, with a ladder for visitors to climb. That was me and the nurse in stitches at the thought. It is a picture that will not go away.
Maybe they could dangle you from a rope, Boris Johnson failed zip line style by his window with an umbrella ?
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