New Gravely L8 owner, looking for advice on how to begin
I'm new to Gravelys.
My current experience level with engines (mainly the modern ones found in consumer-grade lawnmowers) is oil changes, cleaning out dirty carburetors and putting on a new headgasket.
I've been scouring the forum for general info and familiarity for the past week.
I just got three 2-wheel machines and some attachments (plow, cultivator, and brush hog), and some assorted spare parts (couple extra cylinders and pistons, and some other bits and pieces) Hoping to get least one running machine from the lot. I'll be using all three attachments, but the plow is the one I'm most excited about. The attachments all seem to be in good shape and the gearboxes turn smoothly.
One machine is a nearly complete (missing wheels and sparkplug cable) otherwise unidentifiable model L (no serial to be found, but engine cranks to get the wheel to rotate 1/4 turn seems consistent with a standard L, yet I also think it has the odd bolt on the axle designating an LI, so am unsure). It has a Wico magneto and a front facing aluminum carb and electric start and I think the 6.6 hp engine.
The most complete and most likely to run machine is an L8, serial 2M18033, with a 7.6 HP engine (has vertical sparkplug). It has the same aluminum carb and magneto as the one above, along with tires, and what I think is a governor. I intend to add the working electric start from the above machine to it.
The last and least complete is serial #91100. I am guessing it is a C model due to the location of the serial near the attachment port. No engine cylinder, gas tank, or carb.
I'm told the L8 was running when parked, but smoking a little. (this was probably a few years ago) I'm advised that it may just need new rings, and to maybe check the diameter of the cylinder for wear. I don't have the tool for this just yet, but will order one if needed. Unless a dial caliper and a telescoping gauge would suffice, but I think it would have too much potential for error in it.
What would be the best approach for me to start with?: Should I just go ahead and assume X,Y and Z are absolutely bad to begin with and test/change/clean/adjust them first before anything else? Or should I just put a little gas in the tank, see what happens, and go with the troubleshooting procedure in the manual? I want to come up with a good procedure to follow before I get too scattered in my approach.
It's a little overwhelming jumping into something new, and I am probably just overworrying it a bit. I think a little guidance from some more experienced Gravely people would help set me at ease!
I'm assuming for starters that I should probably change the oil before anything else.