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If the tank is mounted on the mower deck, then yes, it would be a crankcase pressurized fuel system.

I have seen a some photos of different Jacobsen Bantam's over the years, and I remember a couple of them having odd color schemes that you mention. I remember wondering at the time if that was originally how they were painted from factory because obviously most Jac products were painted pure orange back in the day. My guess is that since a few of these models have been seen to have a different color scheme that is how how they were painted, atleaste for a certain time period.

You should also be able to tell if the paint is original or not. Scrape a little off in a inconspicuous spot and see if there is orange underneath.
 

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Here is a picture of an 18" Bantam with what appears to be a yellow handle,

 

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At the bottom there is mention of the Johnston Mower Company, a subsidiary of Jacobsen, so maybe they painted theirs differently.
I think you're right, I was thinking that too.
 

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Congrats on the new mower!! That is a neat one!

I thought for sure that it would have been a crankcase pressurized system since the tank is mounted on the mower deck. Kind of interesting they did it that way without just mouting it on top like usual.

You sure don't see too many of that model, that is really cool. Thanks for posting the pics and keep us updated on it!
 

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:welcome: to the site!!

Nice machine!! Wow, that's really a neat find! :cool

I like how most of the paint is still intact, especially the decal which you can make out very clearly is awesome. These old Jacobsens sure have a personality of their own and if you can appreciate it, they are quite a bit of fun to use.

That's great you got it running and everything! :) It looks like it has been well preserved. That particular fuel setup is definitely a bit unusual! I have heard they are a bit of pain to get working properly (if they are not already) so that's great your's isn't giving you any trouble.

You can look up the year of it here if you don't already know via it's serial #: Hit & Miss Model's Jacobsen serial number lookup for products made before 1975

Definitely keep us updated on your new gem! :cool

P.S., if you are not already, consider running SAE 30 weight non-detergent oil vs. the modern 2 stroke oil of today. Fuel mixture is 16:1 unless otherwise stated on the machine. These plain bronze bearing engines were designed to run on that type of oil and more specfically, need the lubrication that it provides over the thinner 2 stroke oil of modern day. Sure, it will smoke a little more, but your engine will thank you for it and you'll have peace of mind knowing that you're not prematuraely wearing the motor. ;)
 
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