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Old 07-17-2011, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New Yard Tool: Gravely Model L

Well figured most of you guys here liked older stuff...I picked this up from my parents house. It's a older (not sure of year, Gravely Model L. It was parked about 6 years ago and drained of fuel. Oil is still in the crank case and there are a few leaks. I plan to take it apart at the leaks and reseal as needed. Install new air and oil filters. Then find some non-E10 gas and see if she runs. If she runs and runs good I'll take it apart and clean it up and paint it back to original colors and decals and find a finish deck to swap in for my 30" rotary cutter to mow my yard. Hope to have it ready for the first cut of the year in late January or early February.




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Really cool!! My dad had one of these when I was a kid. According to http://www.gravelytractorclub.org/pd...al_Numbers.pdf, yours was made in 1953. I noticed it was made in Dunbar, WV, just up the road from where I grew up.

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That thing looks wicked! I love it!
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Really cool!! My dad had one of these when I was a kid. According to http://www.gravelytractorclub.org/pd...al_Numbers.pdf, yours was made in 1953. I noticed it was made in Dunbar, WV, just up the road from where I grew up.

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Yep I was a little guy when he got it. Worked great for clearing our land, the neighbor's land and a lot of the neighborhood.


It's actually a 1962 from what I can gather.

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That thing looks wicked! I love it!
Yep it's a beast. I'll be excited to see it run. In reality I will probably fix it up and get it running right and send it back to my dad as a little welcome home present. He'll be back from Saudi in the next year so hope to have it done by then.
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It's actually a 1962 from what I can gather.
Ahh, you're right. I missed the "M" the first time. I'll have to ask my dad if they were actually built in Dunbar. I was only 4yo in '62, but I don't remember him ever talking about his Gravely being locally made.

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Ahh, you're right. I missed the "M" the first time. I'll have to ask my dad if they were actually built in Dunbar. I was only 4yo in '62, but I don't remember him ever talking about his Gravely being locally made.

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In '62 I was 19 years away from being born I believe they were built there though...
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What is it?
Looks like a death trap
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What is it?
It's a really cool power tool that can have a rotary mower, sickle bar, rotorvator, plow, snow plow, etc attached to it.

Don't worry about the E-10, all gasoline has significant amount of various alcohols, it's not as though gasoline is a discreet, clean, pure compound.
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1962 Gravely Model L

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It's a really cool power tool that can have a rotary mower, sickle bar, rotorvator, plow, snow plow, etc attached to it.

Don't worry about the E-10, all gasoline has significant amount of various alcohols, it's not as though gasoline is a discreet, clean, pure compound.
All I have is the plow, rotovator and 30" mower. I'd like to find the 50" deck if possible.

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Find one of these to go behind it for the ultimate in laziness.

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I've got the seat and mounting bar, but not the "trike" wheels.

Got from a buddy who had a Gravely.

I'll probably make a shop chair out of it.
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Well this thread went a few years without me doing anything. So....now I've got some time to get working on this beast. I started tearing the tractor down tonight and it's in much worse shape than I believed, lots of rust, lots of mis matched parts, the gas tank says 1960s but the parts are saying 1950s so who knows how this cluster will go. I'm hoping I can salvage the tractor but it needs a lot more work than I ever anticipated. Here are some of the tear down pics. I will document this as often as possible. Hope you guys enjoy it.

I've got the following items ordered:
new tires and tubes
new oil filter
new spark plug and magnito wire.

Ordering tuesday:
Axle shaft seals
oil pressure gauge
gasket maker for the flange oil lines.

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Here is a 1951 Gravely for sale:

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It's 50 yrs old, didn't you expect mismatched parts?

They are fun toys, I need to track one down with a chopper attached cheaply.
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Hell yeah! Keep us updated with pics. I love rebuilding old stuff... It's so much better built than the crap you can buy these days...

I just bought and rebuilt this old Troybilt tiller this summer.





Runs like a champ! Had to put some new bearings and seals in both the transmission and the tiller part. Adapted a HF engine to it cause the other was puking oil up.
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Hell yeah! Keep us updated with pics. I love rebuilding old stuff... It's so much better built than the crap you can buy these days...

I just bought and rebuilt this old Troybilt tiller this summer.





Runs like a champ! Had to put some new bearings and seals in both the transmission and the tiller part. Adapted a HF engine to it cause the other was puking oil up.
Are you in cahoots with my dad? He asked me when I finished this if I would rebuilt his old troybilt tiller. I said I would think about it but now you have me thinking. Maybe I will.
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Dad's got a tiller just like that. I've used it several times and it's a beast. Will chew up red clay dirt like it's butter.
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Ahh, you're right. I missed the "M" the first time. I'll have to ask my dad if they were actually built in Dunbar. I was only 4yo in '62, but I don't remember him ever talking about his Gravely being locally made.

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Yes they were built there. I have a 63 model. They are great machines and easy to work on.
Parts are a little expensive , but that's only cause the things last so friggin long. They are almost indestructible! I use mine now just for tilling the garden. Two pulls on the rope and starts after a year sitting!
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Wow they defy gravity too!
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