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post #16 of 20 Old 01-14-2019, 03:45 PM
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Re: 1961 LI Work in Progress

I have seen mentions made at clubs about using a low pressure blower on the L engine whether this was for LOL at the time I don't know.
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Finally got the engine reassembled and mounted to the transmission. Decided to use the milled 7.6 head turned around so the plug is back to the fan shroud and nearer the exhaust. I still don't think it will have any affect on the power and it will also (maybe) keep the plug colder. May have to use a shorter plug (J17LM) so the original slant hood will fit but not there yet.
Also used one two piece valve box and one CI one piece valve box due to issues with one of the CI units. Don't see any problems with this as all the gaskets are new and sealed up real good.
And lastly, mounted the head using studs set into the jug, loc-tited and pre-stretched before torquing the head down. Head gasket is the composite type, not copper like I wanted to try.
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If I cant use my orig. hood Im gonna be one sad dude. I stripped it to the shiney bare metal and painted a few coats of white on it, bought new bumpers, put a coat of Turtle wax on it and have some decals to put on it.
My 1966 L is gonna have the white hood and the rest of it is I.H. Red.
And the new white wheels/rims w/the duals on it it should look nice. May never run ever again but its gonna look nice lol!
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post #19 of 20 Old 08-20-2019, 07:27 AM
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If I cant use my orig. hood Im gonna be one sad dude. I stripped it to the shiney bare metal and painted a few coats of white on it, bought new bumpers, put a coat of Turtle wax on it and have some decals to put on it.
My 1966 L is gonna have the white hood and the rest of it is I.H. Red.
And the new white wheels/rims w/the duals on it it should look nice. May never run ever again but its gonna look nice lol!
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I laughed when I read that about the hood as your timing is spot on with a recent experience of mine! Saturday morning I pulled the fan assembly off of my 74 C8 to inspect and lube the fan bearings as I was installing a new fan belt. Once I had it back together I said to myself "why don't I FINALLY put the hood on this machine?". When I repainted my first pair of Gravleys three years earlier, I, like you, prepped, prepared, and painted my hood but never operated the machine with the hood as I think I remember that it 'rattled' too much. Fast forward to a later time when I disassembled that same machine to align the crankshaft and that vibration was gone... still, I never reinstalled the hood.

Well, I did install the install on Saturday and it looks nice! I cranked the machine and the earlier rattle noise was not there. This will undoubtedly save me some headache as I cannot tell you exactly how many times that the spark plug wire has been pulled off of the spark plug while I was brush-cutting and this should eliminate 99% of those events PLUS the machine looks pretty cool with the hood in place.

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Well, I did install the install on Saturday and it looks nice! I cranked the machine and the earlier rattle noise was not there. This will undoubtedly save me some headache as I cannot tell you exactly how many times that the spark plug wire has been pulled off of the spark plug while I was brush-cutting and this should eliminate 99% of those events PLUS the machine looks pretty cool with the hood in place.
Thats great Fireant, heck just with my push mower everytime I get around bushes and the like my gas cap gets twisted off/loose and have had to find it many times but I can see where it will save plug wire and a lot more debris that could get all up under there.
Cosmetics on mine is important because its my goal to give him (son) a nice new looking and hopefully running Gravely and I can tell how well he is taking care of it that way too and spot leaks and stuff.
Im going to work here in a few, I work from noon till 8:00 or so wich is another reason to split-up my time on various projects,
Good hearing from ya
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