Re: The Gravely Timeline Thread
"1961-2-3? L models changed from cast iron rear facing to aluminum bodied front facing carbs. Was there a year with rear facing aluminum? Needs further narrowing"
Yes. There was at least one year with rear-facing aluminum.
My father bought a new LI in 1961 from the Gravely agency on Defense Highway in Annapolis. It has a "Zenith-Bendix" rear-facing aluminum carb.
It has the long, moulded rubber wrap-around hose from the air-cleaner to the carb.
Its numbers are as follows:
Serial # M 61914 Mfg. # 12416
The Gravely serial number pdf from the Stickies puts this machine as a 1960.
This machine also has a governor. Don't know if this feature was factory or dealer-installed.
Dad bought this machine new in 1961, and I came along in 1967. I began cutting grass with it around 1972 ( Dad would start it for me, I would mow the grass and hopefully not stall it ! )
Dad never replaced any parts on the machine, except the gas-tank, which tended to crack around the square bung-reinforcement.
I still have the machine.
Further clarification: Red & Black, with "old-style" brake-bent hood, tin shields on top and sides of cylinder, slotted fan intake, four-blade fan, Wico X magneto, Full-pressure oiling with spin-on filter and gauge.
Last edited by Gravely Frank McM; 06-16-2015 at 06:13 PM.