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Old 08-14-2019, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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I have wasted so much time on this

I cant believe it, I fretted and worried all spring and summer about how I was gonna get this stuff back together and give this thing to my son like I was supposed to at least 2 yrs. ago, so I finally manned up and said "I gotta do this!"
And with prolly just 15 minutes of work Ive went from the first pic to the second one. And Im pretty ashamed of myself for it mainly because my son had to go another summer without it.
But Im gonna keep on truckin with it and maybe he can use it for his last mowing this year with it.
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:21 PM
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I cant believe it, I fretted and worried all spring and summer about how I was gonna get this stuff back together and give this thing to my son like I was supposed to at least 2 yrs. ago, so I finally manned up and said "I gotta do this!"
And with prolly just 15 minutes of work Ive went from the first pic to the second one. And Im pretty ashamed of myself for it mainly because my son had to go another summer without it.
But Im gonna keep on truckin with it and maybe he can use it for his last mowing this year with it.
Keep at it and it will be done before you know it. Looks great from my house. 😉
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What's the issue? Project creep? Motivation? Too comfy of a couch? I have a 66 Mustang that I also play with, and I have found myself putting it aside for the dumbest reasons, but mostly because I can. So now, when I decide on a project for it, I lay out not only a parts list, but a timeline. I keep it small and not difficult to meet, but I try to stick to it. For instance, I installed disc brakes. So, Saturday get the car in the air, wheels off, drums off. Sunday, brakes off, backing plates off. Etc, etc. It also helps with the family obligations. I make sure that the wife is agreeable to my timeline, and doesn't have any other plans for me. I'm new here, but have been playing in the garage since I was just a kid. It seems with age, I've needed to do the above more and more to keep me motivated on projects. We will see how well I follow my own advice on this next project. (My tired little L110)
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:53 AM
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I cant believe it, I fretted and worried all spring and summer about how I was gonna get this stuff back together and give this thing to my son like I was supposed to at least 2 yrs. ago, so I finally manned up and said "I gotta do this!"
And with prolly just 15 minutes of work Ive went from the first pic to the second one. And Im pretty ashamed of myself for it mainly because my son had to go another summer without it.
But Im gonna keep on truckin with it and maybe he can use it for his last mowing this year with it.
Gerrard,
Not that anyone is counting... but it has been THREE years!!! You bought your machine before I ever acquired my first Gravely and I am now a very (self-professed) seasoned Gravely user. Yes, your beast will go together very quickly (you will kick yourself because of the relative ease in which this happens). I have three machines that need attention right now but it is simply too hot in the south to work on them (replace fan belt, carburetor/governor issue, and suspected trash in combustion chamber).

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Old 08-15-2019, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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What's the issue? Project creep? Motivation? Too comfy of a couch? I have a 66 Mustang that I also play with, and I have found myself putting it aside for the dumbest reasons, but mostly because I can. So now, when I decide on a project for it, I lay out not only a parts list, but a timeline. I keep it small and not difficult to meet, but I try to stick to it. For instance, I installed disc brakes. So, Saturday get the car in the air, wheels off, drums off. Sunday, brakes off, backing plates off. Etc, etc. It also helps with the family obligations. I make sure that the wife is agreeable to my timeline, and doesn't have any other plans for me. I'm new here, but have been playing in the garage since I was just a kid. It seems with age, I've needed to do the above more and more to keep me motivated on projects. We will see how well I follow my own advice on this next project. (My tired little L110)
Thats about right alright but health is about the main thing. Im not about to keel-over yet but if I dont loose some wt. I will, cant get no blood flow to my legs because of it and smoking to of course and when I get off work I almost have to crawl from my truck to inside the house.
Im not a big enuf person to carry this wt. around. When I was 40 I weighed 135 lbs. and now Im 59 and weigh like 197, may as well say 200 lbs.
And when weekends come I gotta mow and bla bla bla. But its all on me and I dont blame anyone else. Just wish I had some willpower, ya know.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Gerrard,
Not that anyone is counting... but it has been THREE years!!! You bought your machine before I ever acquired my first Gravely and I am now a very (self-professed) seasoned Gravely user. Yes, your beast will go together very quickly (you will kick yourself because of the relative ease in which this happens). I have three machines that need attention right now but it is simply too hot in the south to work on them (replace fan belt, carburetor/governor issue, and suspected trash in combustion chamber).
OMG The heat is about the same here to, a solid month @ 90 or 90+ and as down south the mosquitoes is quickly becoming the state bird!
Im originally from New Orleans so I do know where your'e coming from. And B4 the heat came it rained for so long every day the news said the mosquitoes would be bad because their eggs were in the soft wet ground early, always "too something" around here, too wet, too dry, too hot, too cold always something lol.
See ya bud
And one thing for sure I do know how to operate these things alright, grew up doin it.
When I was a youngster my boss who lived across the street from us would leave me and the Gravely pretty much in the woods w/ 4 tine tiller ( I think 4 ) and a can of gas and milk jug of water & steel rake, chain saw, wheel barrow & shovel and say " We'll be back just before dark and have this ready to seed". lol..
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Thats about right alright but health is about the main thing. Im not about to keel-over yet but if I dont loose some wt. I will, cant get no blood flow to my legs because of it and smoking to of course and when I get off work I almost have to crawl from my truck to inside the house.
Im not a big enuf person to carry this wt. around. When I was 40 I weighed 135 lbs. and now Im 59 and weigh like 197, may as well say 200 lbs.
And when weekends come I gotta mow and bla bla bla. But its all on me and I dont blame anyone else. Just wish I had some willpower, ya know.
I feel ya! I'm 42, and 40 hit me hard. I didn't change anything I was doing, but somehow gained 15 lbs. I'm only 5'6", so my ideal weight is about 155. I'm not quite 180 right now. I've been working on projects in short burst lately, and setting small goals to achieve. It at least gets me off the couch.

Oh, and start vaping. It'll make you 35 years younger! (But you have to get some really stupid tattoo and a Subaru WRX.)
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You'll can't lose weight if you don't commit to doing so. Trust me...I know this. In 2013 I rode my bike, walked and ran and ended up weighing 170...a 30 pound weight loss is 3 months. Since then, I crept back up to 210, but decided in February that I was going to lose weight again. I walked, ran, improved my diet, quit drinking Pepsi....and now weigh 176.
Quitting smoking is the same way...you cannot do it unless you truly want to. I'm the voice of experience here too...I used to smoke 5 packs a day. I tried to quit at least a half-dozen times with no success until I decided that I was DONE! I decided to wait a few more minutes to light up...which became an hour...then a day and finally the first week was over. I had carried a pack in my pocket all that first week so I never got the panic "of , my Goad...I'm out of cigarettes" feeling. At that point I put them away and never lit up again. Wasn't easy for a long time, but I did it. Anyone can....when they truly want to.
As for the poor circulation in your legs, one of the users here built a "table" they can ramp their tractor up on to so they can work without squatting down...would that help you? I think it would be much more comfortable, but I have no room in my garage for one. If I ever manage to get a tractor shed, I'll build one.

My "honey-do list" is so long it has chapters.
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I feel ya! I'm 42, and 40 hit me hard. I didn't change anything I was doing, but somehow gained 15 lbs. I'm only 5'6", so my ideal weight is about 155. I'm not quite 180 right now. I've been working on projects in short burst lately, and setting small goals to achieve. It at least gets me off the couch.

Oh, and start vaping. It'll make you 35 years younger! (But you have to get some really stupid tattoo and a Subaru WRX.)
Im shorter than that and better watch that vapin. I actually quit smoking w/vaping for a month and a half and felt great after just 2 days but I had a vape stick in my hand all day n night and blood came out of my nose everytime I blew it ( and I mean real blood!)and everytime I spit and I was getting "pop-corn lung", its made from the oil they cook pop corn in.
And P.S. Dont forget the plastic kayac on top of the Subaru and the "coexist" bumper sticker lol! A kayac that only gets wet in the rain BTW!
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Or you could get a lift table....
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[QUOTE=kklowell;12327269]You'll can't lose weight if you don't commit to doing so. Trust me...I know this. In 2013 I rode my bike, walked and ran and ended up weighing 170...a 30 pound weight loss is 3 months. Since then, I crept back up to 210, but decided in February that I was going to lose weight again. I walked, ran, improved my diet, quit drinking Pepsi....and now weigh 176.
Quitting smoking is the same way...you cannot do it unless you truly want to. I'm the voice of experience here too...I used to smoke 5 packs a day. I tried to quit at least a half-dozen times with no success until I decided that I was DONE! I decided to wait a few more minutes to light up...which became an hour...then a day and finally the first week was over. I had carried a pack in my pocket all that first week so I never got the panic "of , my Goad...I'm out of cigarettes" feeling. At that point I put them away and never lit up again. Wasn't easy for a long time, but I did it. Anyone can....when they truly want to.
As for the poor circulation in your legs, one of the users here built a "table" they can ramp their tractor up on to so they can work without squatting down...would that help you? I think it would be much more comfortable, but I have no room in my garage for one. If I ever manage to get a tractor shed, I'll build one
Your'e 100% right about everything, and its affecting every aspect of my life and Ive about had it. I just hope I make the decision before the guy upstairs makes it for me and Im in a bed at the local hospital having open heart surgery.
People have to hit bottom before they act and some of us have to hit it hard, sometimes to hard to get back up ya know/
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Or you could get a lift table....
Man thats a nice one alright.
But it would make it worse, I need to suffer so I can say "Ive had it!"
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Or you could get a lift table....
Oh now, that's sweet!

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Old 08-18-2019, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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I kno some of you like pics and I like to post them so here;s a few from when I took the mutt out in the yard to do her binnus, prolly was out there 30 mins, Bolted or ( nutted) down the jug after cleaning nuts w/a .30 cal brush on a small drill/driver. Put a small amt of blue thread locker on studs and tightened her down.
Valves seem to be working but they have not been adjusted at all yet as you can see in pics.
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An alternate route is to go get threaded studs like used on exhaust manifolds. I used Dorman 675-093 which are 2" OAL with coarse threads which go into the jug and fine threads for a nut and a ANSI washer. You will need longer ones for the two bolts/studs hold down the air shield which I think I used 2.5" studs and spacers with a nut and washed holding the head and then the spacer, the shield and then another nut and washer. See photos at the end of this thread:

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