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This will be my last acquisition for a while....have to get caught up on my restorations. This is a 21" Guardian self-propelled. Won't know the model number for sure until it ships in, but I believe it is a 20571 from 1971:



Here is an ad:



The shroud I bought for the 1970 in one of my earlier posts will be just right for it. Just have to enlarge the hole for the starter handle and make the hole round and add some paint and stencil the white TORO letters and it will be like new.
 

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This will be my last acquisition for a while....have to get caught up on my restorations.
Sounds like what I'd say at a a tractors anonymous meeting!:ROFL

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I'm looking forward to seeing these restored. Are you going to do a resto thread on these mowers as you do them over the winter. We would love to follow along and it will help motivate us to knock the dust off of our projects as well this winter!
Congrats on your find, you have a good eye!
 

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That's great that you have the original cover for it! It's fun when you have a supply of extra miscellaneous parts like that which you can use for instenses like this.

I like your original ad! Reading those always gives lots of inspiration for when it comes time do a restoration.

I agree, looking forward to following the restorations! Keep us updated! :)
 

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Yes, I will be posting a resto thread for each as I get to them. Right now I have to finish unpacking the contents of our 10 x 20 storage unit. Brought the stuff back last week with a 26' u-haul truck and it has been unpacking and storing in the house ever since. We're getting there, though....shouldn't be too much longer.

I like that JD, Roger. Too bad about your shroud. I would have found some similar grade plastic and 'welded' the heck out of it. :D
 

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Mowers from the past are great fun. Truly, they don't make 'em like they used to. The old advertisements are as fun as the machines themselves. I know I always get tickled when I can find one that goes with a mower I've got.

Sure like seeing your Toros. Keep the posts coming!
 

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Well, I am selling off some of my other collectibles so that I can keep on acquiring more old Toros because I keep on finding them. Think I may set up my garage to look like a 1970s Toro repair shop....not that it is far off from that right now. :D

Anyhow, here is # 8, which will be coming shortly. I believe that it is a 1968 model 20222. And boy, is it complete and original. I have been wanting one
with a crank for a while now:



And this is # 9, which will also be here soon. It's another 1970 model 18216. No
key-lectric still on this either, but the pull rope is just fine by me:



I will be posting some photos in a few days of some of the ongoing restoration of the others that are already here. One thing I want to show everyone is the air filter element in the 1971 Guardian. It has deteriorated so far that it looks like someone dumped the crumbs from a molasses cookie into the air filter box. :ROFL
 

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Once again, awesome finds! I like the one with the hand crank, never seen one like that before. I assume it disengages like a pull cord does when it starts?

What are you selling off?
 

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I really like that unique crank start! How cool!

Looking forward to your restorations. :)
 

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Once again, awesome finds! I like the one with the hand crank, never seen one like that before. I assume it disengages like a pull cord does when it starts?

What are you selling off?
Yes, I believe it disengages in a similar way. Here is a link to another one that was posted to youtube:


Toro and other brands used the crank start quite a lot through
the 1960s.

I am selling off a whole bunch of stuff. Coins, knives, 1950s baseball gloves, rare books, Star Trek material, etc. Here is a link to one of the ebay listings. By clicking on 'see other items' the rest will come up. I will be adding more almost every day for a while. The ebay account is actually my nephew's and he is listing the stuff for me. The modern stuff is his and the vintage collectibles are mine:

RARE FOLKWAYS 1956 WATKINS GLEN GRAND PRIX LP | eBay
 

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That crank start worked pretty slick! I like the oil fill feature too. It couldn't get much simpler. Fill this, push that, done. No mess, no fuss, no overfills.

Looking forward to seeing more of your restorations.
 
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