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post #16 of 20 Old 11-13-2018, 03:07 PM
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I'd be interested in those part #s to do a similar upgrade.

Also, did you locate the plate riveted to the advance casting and what did it say for a s/n? You may have painted over it? Does it agree with the tank plate?

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Gravely only placed one S/N plate on the Ls and it was either on the fan shroud or the advance casting not both. If you encounter two s/n plates than either the advanced casting is from a newer machine or the fan housing is from a earlier machine.
I think the change over was 1970ish.

If you want to be extremely specific the Ls never had the s/n plate on the advanced casting. Gravely dropped the L designation for C, all C tractors have a small metal plate riveted to the lower left side of the advanced casting, unless you have one of the weird LC tractors, those are change over machines as Gravely used up old stock of serial plates.

The C tractors had the 7.6HP engine but were identical to the Ls. My 1969 two wheel tractor is actually a 1969 7.6HP C8, I generally refer to it as an 7.6 L8 to avoid confusion. I do believe the C stood for Convertible, not commercial.


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My 1969 (serial #J-41541) has the plate on the front casting, not on the tank mount.
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My 1969 (serial #J-41541) has the plate on the front casting, not on the tank mount.


As does my 69 C8, the above photo is from my 1966 LC.

Gravely seemed to be going through a bit of an identity crisis, changing the L moniker to C when the 7.6 Gravelys were released, this is Not to be confused with the Kohler powered Commercial 8, 10 & 12s, if Im not mistaken it was Us users that started calling the commercial Gravelys Cs, not Gravely.

Gravely apparently did not like to waste on-hand stock and would use up what they had before starting with the new part, this is why a 1966 7.6 Gravely has a serial number plate on the fan shroud with the letter C following the letter L. If this tractor was an 8 speed it would have been stamped LC8. Presumably after all the large serial number plates were exhausted the serial number tag was moved to the advanced casting, perhaps making it harder for a nefarious someone to swap number plates...as if changing out the fan shroud is any less involved than swapping the advanced casting.


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C model with later version of the swiftamatic is maybe the better choice than the earlier L 8 but realistically any tractor in good condition and bought at a fair price should keep any new owner happy. I do have a project kohler C 8 its original color is yellow and white and its considered pretty rare. I didn't know what it was until information on it showed up at this club some years ago.
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C model with later version of the swiftamatic is maybe the better choice than the earlier L 8 but realistically any tractor in good condition and bought at a fair price should keep any new owner happy. I do have a project kohler C 8 its original color is yellow and white and its considered pretty rare. I didn't know what it was until information on it showed up at this club some years ago.


The best 7.6 would be the later C8 with the improved Swiftamatic and Fed/Rev levers.


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