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Quote Chunk Replybullet Posted: 15 Apr 2010 at 5:12pm
Got some more photos of it.  The engine is missing parts, form what I can see, the valve cover and air cleaner.  Shouldnt be hard to get those.

It does look like the chassis is missing parts around the foot rests, or rather, where they should be!  Really want to get it home.  Anyone planning on visiting Angus, Scotland, anytime soon? LOL
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Quote Deadeye Replybullet Posted: 22 Apr 2010 at 4:57am
Wow There's been activity since I've been here.

Great to see it.. Mine is just sitting there too.. I'll get to it one of these days.
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Quote alan Replybullet Posted: 22 Apr 2010 at 8:15am

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Engine parts should be easy to get, even if it means buying an old engine to get the parts.

The footrests on the Mustangs were part of the mower deck. The rests on my Mustang were actually from a Webb lawnmower. I bought the mower for the engine to put in the Wheelhorse Lawnranger and then discovered that the footrests would fit the Mustang.

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Quote alan Replybullet Posted: 04 Jul 2010 at 8:08pm

Thought I'd update this long-running thread a bit!

I found a couple of pictures showing a Mustang in disguise, it's a Continental Mark 8. Same machine though, slightly different back tyres and mowerdeck I think.

Manufactured by the Continental Mfg and Sales Co. Arlington, Texas, instead of the usual Mowett Mfg etc.





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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 04 Jul 2010 at 9:19pm
nearly 3 years on one topic is this a record?
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 04 Jul 2010 at 9:36pm
Yep, a long playing record !!!
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Quote farmers boy 2 Replybullet Posted: 04 Jul 2010 at 10:40pm
_popupControl(); and to think it all started with this !!!!
Kim. He's not a newbie, just a well preserved secondhand model
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Quote mowersman Replybullet Posted: 04 Jul 2010 at 11:12pm
I'd quite like one of these little mustangs, great little size
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Quote alan Replybullet Posted: 05 Jul 2010 at 6:46pm

Yes, it all started with.....a small machine from Pontefract.

I don't know why but these sort of things multiply in Pontefract, if you ever see one on e**y then it's probably newly hatched in South Yorkshire.

It has been an interesting machine and has generated loads of interest, partly because most folk don't believe that such a death-trap was ever allowed to be manufactured let alone sold!

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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 05 Jul 2010 at 8:28pm
From what I can see on the bay of e, most of the good kit lives in Yorkshire !!
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 10:12pm
Mowett Mustang joined the stable this very evening, see my seperate posting...

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Quote daviddale Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 10:29pm
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Been reading through all your comments on the MOWETT MUSTANG.
                      MOWETT SALES CO, INC
                            110W. MASON
                            P. O. BOX 218
                         Odessa. MO 64076.
There is a very good sorce of information on assembly and settings for these machines.
The book or books you want are published by
     PRIMEDIA Information Data Products.      primediabooks.com
CLYMER ProSeries. Riding Lawn Mower. Volume 1 & 2.
For all American made Ride-On's.
                                           or
CLYMER ProSeries. Yard & Garden Tractor. Volume 1, 2 & 3.
For all American made Lawn Tractors.
These books cover all the American made or derived machines avalable in the 'UK' and Europe.
I found my copy's on AMAZON
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Quote daviddale Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 10:30pm
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Been reading through all your comments on the MOWETT MUSTANG.
                      MOWETT SALES CO, INC
                            110W. MASON
                            P. O. BOX 218
                         Odessa. MO 64076.
There is a very good sorce of information on assembly and settings for these machines.
The book or books you want are published by
     PRIMEDIA Information Data Products.      primediabooks.com
CLYMER ProSeries. Riding Lawn Mower. Volume 1 & 2.
For all American made Ride-On's.
                                           or
CLYMER ProSeries. Yard & Garden Tractor. Volume 1, 2 & 3.
For all American made Lawn Tractors.
These books cover all the American made or derived machines avalable in the 'UK' and Europe.
I found my copy's on AMAZON
My manuals are by intertec one is "Riding Lawn Mower" and ciontains a couple of sheets on this machine. David.
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 10:38pm
Any chance of a copy of the sheets you have please David, any information is good information !!
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Quote daviddale Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 11:19am
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Any chance of a copy of the sheets you have please David, any information is good information !!
 
 
Of course, I will send copy in attachment to a pm later, David.
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 10:03pm
Thanks David any chance of a hard copy please ?? If the brochure list I sent you has any of interest I'm sure we could sort an exchange of information...
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Quote Deadeye Replybullet Posted: 27 Aug 2011 at 1:11am
I'm glad to see this topic still going..
Mine is still sitting there.

I'll get to it sometime.

I need to pull it out and get some pics for ya

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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 27 Aug 2011 at 11:42am
Hello Deadeye, please put a photo on here if you can, any information is good information !!

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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 10 Oct 2011 at 8:53pm
Just to keep this long running thread fresh and active, heres a photo of my 5hp and 8hp Mustangs at a recent show...



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Quote nigel Replybullet Posted: 31 Oct 2011 at 5:47pm
now this is a cox made in australia looks to me that its built from mustang parts?
 
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 31 Oct 2011 at 7:02pm
Looks a bit similar doesn't it, rear drive is a bit different but bonnet looks very Mustang...
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Quote tazzilla Replybullet Posted: 21 May 2012 at 3:38pm
Originally posted by alan

Yes, I know it looks like someone made it out of a few scraps of steel and a spare engine in a late-night garage experiment but it really is a genuine garden tractor. It's a Mowett Mustang from the US.



The wheels, seat, engine and steering wheel are genuine original parts although they appear to be bits that have been used from other machines.
The gearbox is the bit in front of the seat and has Forward-Neutral-Reverse. To go faster you rev the engine a bit more, obviously it goes as fast in reverse as forwards. It's chain driven and really is quite a dangerous machine as there's a distinct lack of safety guards and no brakes and it's only 40 inches long so not the most comfortable of machines. But it's great fun!

There's a mower deck that bolts under the chassis - blade bolts straight onto the bottom of the engine drive shaft.

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Update: It's now been painted and awaiting a new exhaust and decals:















Will 'Number 5' come in please...... (5hp that is - there was also a 7hp and an 8hp.....)


 
What did you use for the new throttle assembly?  Thanks Taz. I just picked up two 8hp mustang Mowetts this week one for $30.00 and the other for $20.00 USD here in Idaho. let the fun begin

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Quote tazzilla Replybullet Posted: 22 May 2012 at 3:14pm
I Have one completely torn apart. I have removed all the rust of the frame and wheels and seat assembly. Seat has been repainted yellow. I have frame assembly in primer and front tires are ready to install they have a fresh coat of gloss white.  I have two 8hp motors hope to have one up and running between the two. I also have two mower decks. I plan on keeping the better of the two. I have the blade assembly so when I am done I will have a full working Mustang. I however plan on keeping the blase off 95% of the time. I will post pics of my build. I have a few spare parts for back up so I can keep this mower up and running for the long haul. I still have some minor metel work to do on the front hood as the lower brackets were broken. One was broken off and the other one was cracked. I have welded the cracked one and have been working on grinding off the weld build up to smooth it out. I still need to finish welding on the other tab. this seems to be a common issue with these old mustangs. I have been trying to think of a way to reinforce it with out damaging the hood in some way. Hopefully the welds will hold up over time.
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Quote tazzilla Replybullet Posted: 23 May 2012 at 2:36pm
Got the rear axle and tire assembly completely painted and ready to mount. Took drive chain and have it soaking in oil to lube it up and make sure it all moves freely. Started to paint frame assembly hope to have it done tonight and mount the wheels and rear axle assembly tonight. I went out and purchased all new hardware old bolts were very rusty and could not see trying to reuse them. I have been taking pics and will post them when I get a little further with the build.
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Quote tazzilla Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2012 at 3:22am
Well I have frame painted and front wheels mounted and rear drive axle assembly mounted. I so far have used all new mounting hardware its starting to come together at least it rolls around again. I have taken more pics and will post soon.
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Quote tazzilla Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2012 at 3:24am
This is the day i bought my little mustang chain rusted so bad it would not roll and no way to start it. This is where all my fun begins. Taz


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Quote tazzilla Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2012 at 3:31am
Here is a few pics of my mustang on the trailer waiting to be unloaded at her new home. Ready for tear down :0)

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Quote tazzilla Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2012 at 3:37am
Here is my little mustang 1hr after getting her home. And the Fun has begun this was 5/14/12. The tear down is very simple hard work will be the rust repair and fixing front hood assembly

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Quote tazzilla Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2012 at 3:42am
Well have some parts painted others primered. So far project is going somothly. Engine is also apart for inspection and rebuild have gasket kit ordered and it aeeived today :)

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Quote tazzilla Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2012 at 4:10am
Well got some more done today frame is all painted and as stated above wheels and rear axle is mounted in place did a test fit on engine mounting plate. I went yellow on the plate and also center of the axles at the wheels with silver washers just to make it pop a little let me know what you thing. Transmission and motor will be white so the mounting plate being yellow will look cool.

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Quote tazzilla Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2012 at 4:12am
If you noticed in the one picture you can see my other full size mustang a 1968 Coupe semi restore.
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Quote lauber1 Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2012 at 7:04am
yes i noticed that, but was thinking that you'd have way more room to restore tractors, if you sell one of those cars,,,,,,I'm most amused today!.
 
No really, very great job on the mustang. You dont see many here put money into what was considered a throw away lawn tractor. A whole class of stuff went to the scrap yard and no one looked twice.
restoring history, one bolt at a time.
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