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Gravely1964
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So last summer I had worked on a gentlemen's Pro 8 at work. Found out he lived up the road ( 10 miles away perhaps). And he had some older stuff he wanted to get rid of. Exchanged numbers when he got the stuff out he would call. Fast forward a week ago gave me a call that he was gonna sell it all. Him and his wife are moveing down to WV to be closer to his daughter. And anything not gotten rid of would go threw an auction.

Made an offer, he countered and we came to an agreement on $600 for everything. I knew the pro was a good solid tractor. Then the fun part loading it. Trailer winch is a life saver!
It was dusk when I set out for home
Truck bed full
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Trailer load
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Pro 8 runs decent
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Old style exhaust on the 52, but its locked up
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Flat belt pto
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V belt pto
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Quick hitch parts
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United farm tools 40 inch deck. Only one spindle spins ugh
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Not enough pic room for the next stage of fun. Getting them out back and unloaded. Truck is still full yet as its to wet to move around
 

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Gravely1964
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Serial numbers C10A
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59 LI
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87 pro 8
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52 L
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So my plan to get the load out back was the 8163-T project and its 2 inch trailer ball. Went well till the turf tires pun here
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When in doubt call the 818-T, chained up and weighed down, will sound like a plane and push like a train
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Made it outa that jam and promptly ran outa gas here
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Unloading things
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New style deck note gear head. Missing skid shoes
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Everything in the shop
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Trying to figure out how to get the stuff off the truck out back. Thinking another trailer trip, with the 450 perhaps. It has chains is plan a, but hate putting alot weight to the lift hitchs. For next time ........
 

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Another nice grab Steve!

I'd love to find a UFT deck like that for my 88E :)
 

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Gravely1964
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Another nice grab Steve!

I'd love to find a UFT deck like that for my 88E :)
And I'd love to have a utf myself to put this on once its fixed....
First thing I decided to tackle was the utf deck.
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With the covers off I see why its locked up for sure
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Yepppppppp
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Dug all that out to find one broken belt and rusted threw spring. Unstuck spindle pretty quick and hit them with grease to force the water out.
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Pull gear head off to heat, beat, repeat to get idler arms moveing. All that is working just need one belt to try it
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Gear head is massive and heavy!
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Started trying to unstick the 52 L. Pulled head, no broken head bolts. But found this with no spark plug, not surprised
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Bore looks ok, but stuck in worst spot all the way down
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Put some oil in and will try again another day. To break it free
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Surprise in the air hose. Not alive ,but you rotten little boogers
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Nice bunch of stuff. Can't read the pic - does the Pro-8 say 6 or 8 lead? Swifty or no?
 

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Nice bunch of stuff. Can't read the pic - does the Pro-8 say 6 or 8 lead? Swifty or no?
Long time no hear John.
Its a 6 lead, no swifty. Which is ok by me. On pc should be able to click on pic and make them bigger. Just finally got the truck unloaded this morning. i'll post those pics in a second here.
 

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Will try full images here, see if better or worse.

Finally dry enough to get Big Red into the back yard and back out. Do believe I have every size of rotary plow blades here
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Rotary plows, cultivators, and push cultivator too
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More stuff
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More stuff
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Deck with lead weight
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All mower parts
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Yanny making this all easy priceless
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Going to go out now and see if the c10A will run. I put jump box to starter and turned over last night any how
 

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Long time no hear John.
Its a 6 lead, no swifty. Which is ok by me. On pc should be able to click on pic and make them bigger. Just finally got the truck unloaded this morning. i'll post those pics in a second here.
Been busy redoing the house but hoping to get back to more Gravely fun eventually. Ah, no Swifty so that makes more sense. Should be a good mowing machine?
 

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One more parts pic of both belt drive setups
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Started into the c10A, bolted up deck. Realized chains hit deck. Take them off before driveing far. Installed a battery from work junk pile.
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While doing that had trans oil draining. And added fresh
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After cleaning the points it ran well but with fuel on gas leaked outa bowel vent.
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Never seen this before!
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So pulled car bowel, needle sealed by pushing up float. Float good and adjust float level.
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After that were in the yard and trucking. Deck isn't to noisy either on just one spindle. I'll grab a belt from work today :D
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52 still stuck every time I go by I play with it. Switched to pb blaster now
 

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Nice haul, plenty of toys. Will be difficult to choose between which one to use.....LOL



Keep switching penetrants & use ATF, time and patience required.

RB in RI
Yup that my theory. I may flip the fan shroud up and heat the cylinder up if need be later on. Go out tonight and see what it does. And try putting the other belt on the 884 deck
 

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Ok first off, took the head off the 59 to inspect bore and see if the 52 L was the stuck the whole way down. Found out it was 2 inches up in the stroke.
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So I let it sit, ran a hone threw up top, with a pipe wrench on crank pulley, pulling of best got a little captain in me bit. Left foot pushing down, hammer and chisel in hands gave her a few wraps. She broke loose. At first only moveing up and down alittle. Then about a full turn with the bottom of the bore ok. Ran hone threw again and again till it would spin the whole way around.
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Knowing how ugly it would be sure it would have stuck rings. I then pulled cylider. which was still an adventure to get off the piston. Used deep well sockets on stud to space it up and pull it donw out. Has a deep rust pits where the rings were. Did run a hone threw it and cleaned it up alot. But forgot to take a pic
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Boy them sure are some stuck rings
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alright a break threw on belt saga. there not 1/2 inch belts. i know right
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There 3/8th belts. 38 will work. But would recommend a 37 inch belt on these
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All back together
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Pro 8 and C10A hanging out
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Onto the L's
 

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So decided to put the new style deck on the Pro 8. Only issue found was no skid shoes. Added set from junk deck skin
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Serial numbers
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Old style with retrofit kit, vs new
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Model tag on brush hog
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Retro fit
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The correct hardware
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Good home made studs
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Expertly cataloged with the other one I'll never use
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and new style brush hog on. Now if only it wasn't raining to try it out. Also was going to put the ma 106 on the 59 Li. But found attachment holes are striped in advanced casting. Ugh So I'll get running and see if it worth switching the advanced casting or not
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So starting into the 59 LI

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First off drained water oil mix from trans. Rust was outa gas tank I was letting drain here
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Gas tank had water in it. Thankfully fuel shut off was off. So removed shut off and let drain
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Then got it running with normal points cleaning and adding oil and oil filter. No need for a carb cleaning. But 3 outa 4 attachment mounting holes were stripped in the advanced casting. Ran it just enough to check function. Great oil pressure
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So pulled that advanced casting off
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Inspected forward clutch cone, looks good
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Another 6 bolt advanced casting on
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3 outa 4 successes. Number 4 maybe turning into abit of a challenge. More on that in another post later on
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Awesome :D on a side note the run flats really do suck, even with chains
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I'll throw up my vids of working on and useing things here in the next post. I don't think I've done the 59 vid yet
 

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I was reading through this and thought "Steve should have no shortage of advance castings" lol. Looks good.

I've been thinking about putting QH adapter and retrofit kit on my 5240 w/ MA106 just to help keep the MA106 nose down, or put my deck weight on it.
 

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I was reading through this and thought "Steve should have no shortage of advance castings" lol. Looks good.

I've been thinking about putting QH adapter and retrofit kit on my 5240 w/ MA106 just to help keep the MA106 nose down, or put my deck weight on it.
I don't have any trouble with my 5240 and the quick hitch. Which I really love that tractor. This was a shot up at are park. We were brush hogging a field for the over flow parking for my local tractor club show. Had my 41 9N, 5240 was on trim duty, and a buddies farmall super C. My high powered 9 was double timeing the super c with a bigger deck on my 9 lol. Wish I would have took some video of that

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So as update to the 52 L I have good news and bad news
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Found out it was a standard bore, honed out and put it back together with another piston, restaked mag shaft ect
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Mag was locked up. Even after getting it moving I only had arcing at the points. So swapped on another mag and a good carb. She fired up and ran pretty decent once all the oil was burned off the cylinder.
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Heres where the bad comes in. after running it developed 2 oil leaks. One in the rear of the block with a hair line crack
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And another on the trans with what im assuming was freeze damage. also both cam seal were leaking, questionable cylinder................
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With all that said officially made my second parts L ever. But have the pride of knowing that it would run is priceless. In all honesty it could all be welded or brazed. But not for me as I already have a 52 L that runs.
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Nice bunch of stuff. Can't read the pic - does the Pro-8 say 6 or 8 lead? Swifty or no?
Hey John, It's been a long while since I've been out here on MTF. I've taken on a project during the quarantine to produce a Spotters Guide to Gravely Tractors - something we talked about years ago. I will start up a thread to see if we can get some traction. We lost Glenn Murdoch on April 20, 2020 - one of the most knowledgeable resources on the Model D. I want to do this in his honor.
 
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