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post #16 of 72 Old 07-06-2019, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info, I see the silky has a U joint with grease fitting. I have not gotten too fimiliar with the attachments yet, just trying to make the beast run properly then get to the attachments, which are all free and in good shape for the year machine. It appears all original as far as I can tell. I will be sure to check all lubercation on attachments also. Thanks for the heads up on the filter canister, I will clean that out, and do an oil change on it.
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post #17 of 72 Old 07-06-2019, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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A few more pics. The exhaust looks original, it has spiral seams on it.
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post #18 of 72 Old 07-07-2019, 04:34 PM
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Re: 1949 L Gravely

I have never seen a blade like that before. I wonder if it's original or a fabricated piece by a previous owner?

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post #19 of 72 Old 07-07-2019, 04:54 PM
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I have never seen a blade like that before. I wonder if it's original or a fabricated piece by a previous owner?

Clearly fabricated. The gravely blade doesn't have those horizontal reinforcements, and is of heavier material. The mount was made up. It has what looks like an interesting angle adjustment, though I wonder how sturdy it is.

Most of all, there's no pin in the mounting plate to prevent the pinion shaft from sliding forward. If the PO used that blade much, he's lucky he didn't find himself with a non-moving tractor

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Great info jrd. Thanks for bringing the potential PTO issue to my attention.
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post #21 of 72 Old 07-07-2019, 07:23 PM
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Great info jrd. Thanks for bringing the potential PTO issue to my attention.
It's easy enough to add the pin. Just drill a 3/8" hole in the center of that mounting plate, and stick a 2" bolt through there. You can see what gravely did for those by looking at the mounting plate on your cultivator attachment.

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I will do that. Thank you
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post #23 of 72 Old 07-07-2019, 08:47 PM
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Re: 1949 L Gravely

I haven't read everyone's responses yet but I've made several straps. Heck in a pinch (such as last year when the chain broke on my starter) I simply used a strap from a cheap ratchet strap i had with me. Believe it or not- hold the hook or sometimes if its a big hook the eye of the hook (where it's connected to the strap) on the pin and make a wrap of the strap over it. It will stay on and you do 3 or so more wraps and PULL!... Well it works!
Otherwise I've used straps from old boat covers or old ratchet strap material as above. Generally nylon. I get metal grommets from Joanne's fabric shops or a good hardware store. Once I've cut the hole and hammered the metal grommet together i actually heat it up with a match (or soldering gun) to melt any frayed nylon and bond it all together.
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post #24 of 72 Old 07-07-2019, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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I looked at the cultivator today and see exactly what your talking about. Thanks again.
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post #25 of 72 Old 07-08-2019, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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This is the cultivator hook up. As you’ve said this looks easy enough.
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post #26 of 72 Old 07-08-2019, 03:27 PM
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Re: 1949 L Gravely

A lot of useful information is at the gravely tractor club of america. Yes if impulse kicks it over right at tdc or just a little after. Way early may give a kick back. Way late means less power and possible heating. I would suspect other causes for running hot at this point first.
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post #27 of 72 Old 07-08-2019, 03:31 PM
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Way early may give a kick back.
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Don't run the timing too early. Right at TDC or a little after. Too early is bad. Ask me how I know

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Pulled the carb today, it looks pretty clean much to my surprise. I blew out the jets and galleys with compressed air. I am dipping both halves and all acociated parts. I am planning on making a shoebox gasket for the bowl and the carb to intake. Any other options for home made gaskets?? I agree I don’t think the overheating situation is due to timing. What about a valve not seating properly??
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Re: 1949 L Gravely

There has to be some other symptoms besides thinking it's hot?

When the oil gets too hot it gets thin and the engine starts developing a knock?

When it gets hot the clearances in the engine get too far off and it starts losing power and not running correctly?
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Yes there was it was not purring like a kitten either. I was holding off on putting any money into it till I found out if it will run. I have high hopes that the (too hot, and not running to my satisfaction) are carb and fuel related. I also picked up a new head gasket for it today. Well I got 2 head gaskets, jug gasket, a proper pull cord, intake and exhaust gaskets, PTO engage gasket, attachment gasket, and a few other miscellaneous parts off of CL today for $20. So I will be pulling the head again and putting a new gasket on.
Also It was mentioned to clean the factory oil filter out so I pulled that off and drained it, any tips on how to clean it out? It felt quite heavy.
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