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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Topic: Mowett Mustang
    Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 9:24pm

New addition to the stable picked up this evening Mowett Mustang. Getting it home was not a problem..











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Quote Trusty Bloke Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 9:49pm
 
Looks like we need to drag back that old Mustang posting
what sized engine is this one Paul ??
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 9:53pm
I think its the 8 horse model, has the number 8 on the front (not sure if that that means much). Will look closer tomorrow in the daylight

Wendy is pleased with her (early) Birthday present !!

UPDATE - WE NOW KNOW THIS IS A 5HP MODEL.

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Quote Flatcat Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 9:59pm
I'm not sure I'd fancy using one of those!I'm most amused today!
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Quote mowersman Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 9:59pm
Judging by the size of the engine, it looks like an 8 horse...
I love those Mowetts, I'll have to get one, one day...
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Quote Dieselhead Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 10:04pm
Good find Paul. Was it an internet jobWink
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 10:10pm
Thanks for your comments chaps, yes it was spotted on that website, not very far away either...

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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 10:14pm
I will have a better look at it in daylight tomorrow, it has one forward and one reverse gear, its like a little go kart with a mowing deck !!

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Quote Trusty Bloke Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 10:18pm
 
You have the mowing deck aswell, which could easily have been removed.
Lucky to find it in such complete condition, could easily have ended
up as a childs "go-kart" without it .....
 
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 10:23pm
Yes the chap selling it wanted it to go to a good home, somebody that was going to preserve it for shows etc and not make a racer out of it, I assured him it was in safe hands...
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Quote sten Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 10:26pm
Nice machine, there is a yahoo group for these and any other small ride ons with quite good info, it is called  smallridingmowers. I found it while searching for info on my Landmaster ride on.
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2011 at 10:37pm
Thanks for the info sten, I'll have a look, just Googled Mowett Mustang and theres loads of stuff on there.
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Quote ransomesmg6 Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 7:53am
You didn't buy this from a bloke in Hawkhurst by any chance did you?
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Quote lawnmowerboy Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 9:16am
there a great little mower, i used to race one of them, ididnt make it into a racer though i bought it like that!! there great fun
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 6:18pm
Any idea where the engine number can be found, I need a reference number to get it insured (or a number on the tractor itself for that matter...)

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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 6:39pm
She fits in the stable !!





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Quote sten Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 6:51pm
The engine number should be on the cowling.
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Quote nigel Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 7:46pm
cor you nicked that from right under my nose paul i was waiting for the bloke to ring me, you lucky ....... well done mate you should have dropped in why you were over here
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 8:32pm
ransomesmg6 - yes we did

Sten - thanks, I will have a look

nigel - sorry, the guy selling it did say that a chap named nigel had rang him after I had, I thought it was probably you...
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 8:55pm
i'm most jelous, ive allways fancied one of these, scince i first saw one on the other thread. Its going to be a very long time now before i can make another adition to my collection, well done Paul on yet another great find. I know titch was in the process of sorting briggs decals.
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 8:56pm
If the cowling is original it will give you the year the engine was made, the first 2 digits of the last set of numbers are the year.
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 9:34pm
Thanks for the info s1g, had a good look at the cowling just now and can't see any numbers...
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Quote sten Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 9:39pm

Usualy on the flat side that runs parallel with the cylinder, they are sometimes very faint.

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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 9:40pm
also sometimes hidden by the airfilter, witha briggs there WILL be a set of 3 numbers.
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 9:43pm
Thanks gents, I will have a closer look !!
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 9:47pm
sometimes a bit of emery paper is needed to clean the rust off, if you go on the briggs website it will even tell you how to date it to the exact day the motor was made.
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2011 at 9:50pm
Ok thanks
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Quote lawnmowerboy Replybullet Posted: 22 Jun 2011 at 4:44pm
the numbers i think are the date then the production line it came off or something like that
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 22 Jun 2011 at 5:40pm
Thanks lmb

Just been to see John Cruse to get a replacement petrol tank cap, the one in the photos was borrowed from something else, the original got run over !!

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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 22 Jun 2011 at 10:19pm
Another photo...



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Quote nigel Replybullet Posted: 23 Jun 2011 at 2:49pm
stop rubbing it in paul
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Quote lawnmowerboy Replybullet Posted: 23 Jun 2011 at 4:55pm
i doubt i would fit in it!!! lovely lil machin tho
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 23 Jun 2011 at 6:15pm
Sorry nigel !!   

It wasn't meant to be a wind up I realised that I had not put a photo of the front end of the Mustang on here...

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Quote Hillsider Replybullet Posted: 23 Jun 2011 at 8:36pm
Some Briggs engines have the numbers stamped into the top face of the cowling adjacent to the spark plug so you really do need to have a good look around as has been suggested, they will be there somewhere and hopefully will still be readable.
Usually the words Model, Code and Serial number will be present with the numbers stamped below them in groups.

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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 23 Jun 2011 at 9:01pm
Thanks Ray I will have a search.
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