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I have been looking for a Gravely walk behind tractor for years. Finally found one in my price range. Can you folks help me get it back up and running? I belive it is a 1958 but build plate ois missing. Engine is free, I have changed plug, changed oil. Tank is rusty, but no holes.


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From those pix, it looks decent. Reasonably clean, not obviously abused. The MA106 is a good unit, once you get her running you'll have many hours of fun brush hogging.

My '58 has a round-end tank, yours is the more common flanged-end. You've also got the newer style shroud. Either your machine has had some parts replaced (very common) or it's newer than '58, maybe 63 or so.

I PMed you; the basics of getting these beasts running are pretty much the basics for any simple engine. Compression, spark, mixture, and it pretty much has to run.

You should also check out the gravely manuals site. Lots of good information there.
What Antarctica said.

These engines are so simple, if the basics are there, it pretty much has to run.

Per PM: Pull the plug, reconnect it to the wire, lay it on the head.

Turn it over by hand. You should hear a snap from the mag at TDC (verify by looking through the plug hole at the position of the piston). When it snaps you should see a spark.

If you don't, it's time to pull the mag and investigate. Most likely points and/or condenser. When you pull the mag, take note of the timing marks, so you can put it back together the same way.
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