WOW Helixhippy that is some "little bit of clearing" But nothing you wouldn't expect from a Gravely.
We thought the water pollution in PA was from fracking!! :hide:Had the three amigo's out and running. 8163-B mowed the yard the 430 is leaking gas from the tank and the 818t is leaking gas from the block off plate on the carb :banghead3:banghead3:banghead3:banghead3
Gravely T Head engines are prone to cracking mainly due to over torquing the head bolts and or from torquing them in an incorrect pattern. The MAX torque for the head bolts on a Gravely T Head engine is 19ft/lbs, the bolts are tightened from the middle out. These engines have heavy fly wheels and create decent torque, however the compression is a bit low so there is no need to feel the need to run the head bolts down to a ridiculous torque value, also always replace the old head gasket with a new one. If you don't have any service manuals do yourself a favor and go to oldgravelys.net and down load some, they will provide you with guidance on servicing and maintenance for your new found piece of equipment.I can't seem to find a "New Thread" button, so I thought I'd come here to post pics of my machine. The SN is SR9226. I've found a crack in the cylinder that I hope ya'll can help me with.
Here's hopeing the pic uploads will work.
I used an inspection mirror to view the back of the cylinder while shining a flashlight at the crack. I thought the crack was just at the top of the cylinder into a mounting bolt hole, but I can see light through the side of the block. Guess I'll need another, what ya'll call, I think, "the jug." I'll check ebay, but if any of ya'll have one to sell, let me know.
Charles, I have some Jugs for sale. I'm in LA (Foley). If interested, call me at 251-923-7121. I'd be interested in your wife's Chicken 'n' Dumplin's. I also have a Fiddle that I try to play. Work in progress. Do you work on them??Thanks for the welcome, Mr CTPhil, and all ya'll. I've learned a lot just reading the threads. For instance, I thought I had a problem because of the snapping sound as I move the piston through the compression stroke, but it turns out that's the impulse. I hadn't even tried to start the machine until after I learned that. I paid $400.00 for it. I'm thinking the implements that came with it are worth that much. Now, I have to try to deal with the cracked jug. Any help with that will be muchly appreciated. And I might send you a care package of my wife's Chicken 'n' Dumplin's.
No problems with the fiddle. Just the fool that's trying to learn how to play it. Wish I had started 70 years ago.I'll keep you in mind...and thanks! I'm going to try to weld the cracks.. I've nothing to lose since I'll need a rebuildable jug to get this LI running. My jug is only good for experimentation, so I'm gonna have a go at it. It might work. You never know.
When the wife makes her chicken and dumplins we have the family over and some neighbors kids, too.
I haven't done any string repairs since the late 70's. Are you having problems with your fiddle? My problem is that the fiddle is too dang close to my ear. My scratching around on it is painful to hear!