Wandering off what? neutral?If they vibrate like everyone claims what keeps them from just wandering off once started?
Guess I am going to have to get it running and see how it goes. Apparently I am worrying about nothing.Wandering off what? neutral?
Per previous, there's an over-center action going on. When you push either lever all the way forward or all the way back, the pushrod acts to keep the lever over-center at whichever end of the travel it's at.
Try this: Take the hi/lo lever (inside the bar) and push it all the way forward. you should see that it locks into position, due to the pressure from the pushrod. Now pull it all the way back. Same deal: the pressure from the pushrod tends to keep it in place. Now try it again with the fwd/rev lever (outside the bar). you should get the same effect.
The gravely transmission is really simple. It wasn't designed for user-friendliness, as much as functionality. The levers don't stick in neutral because there's no need for them to do that. They do stick in one end of travel vs the other, because those are the use-cases that you need when you're getting work done with the machine.
Heres a cpl more of the tank thats on my 66 model as opposed to that flat thing on my parts tractor thats anything from a 49 to 59 or who knows.Not sure what you mean by a crimped end tank? I have a 1962 model L, and it has the flat sides on the tank. It does have a folded seam at the ends of the tank, but that is not what holds it together. It's soldered. I have had mine leak at the seam before. If you clean them out really good and get all the gas fumes out, you can take a torch and heat this seam and take a wire brush and dig all the old solder out. Then use flux paste and add new solder back in and it's good to go.
The first time I repaired it I just heated and added solder to the bad spot. That lasted a couple of years and then it started leaking again. When I heated the whole thing and brushed the old solder out and then added new, that did the trick, it hadn't leaked since.
So I am getting the since that some safety was unintentionally built into it. Like shut it down before walking away for to long or it may not be were you left it. All things we should be doing anyway.No harm, no foul
The only dumb question is the one which didn't get asked.
One of the things we love about these old machines is precisely that they are not polished and user-friendly, in the modern sense. Nobody would ever build such a thing today, even if the consumer product safety people would let them. But they work great, in many ways better any any modern stuff costing 10 times the price.
As you say: Get her running, then play a little. You'll find that the controls are simple and effective.
I'll save you another question: A thing you'll discover is that with the engine running, and everything in neutral, the machine will want to "creep" forward. That's normal. The core parts of the transmission are two double-sided cone clutches running in an oil bath. When you push a control lever in one or another direction, you're engaging one of those clutches. But even when disengaged, there's not much clearance between the inner and outer cones, something like .020. In an oil bath, that's a draggy situation, and you'll get some coupling between the cones even though the clutch is "disengaged".
This is another non "user friendly" feature of these beasts. In practice it's no big deal. But it often comes as a surprise to new gravely owners.
have fun with your new toy!
As to the " creeping" it has remember how old what we are talking about is .So I am getting the since that some safety was unintentionally built into it. Like shut it down before walking away for to long or it may not be were you left it. All things we should be doing anyway.
Even my Ariens tractor has some forward creep. Just have never taken the time to eliminate it. Could be because the 3 point down pressure and the tool bar makes a great anchor.
If it quits raining and it has no fuel related issues from setting I will take it out and mow some grass this week end. Will be interesting to see how it does in close courters.
I have some areas it will do great in if floatation devices would not be required after 5 straight days of rain.
Yea the rain makes me sick after awhile. It rains here every day for a month or more in spring ( basically rains all spring ) then it will stop in the summer and it wont rain hardly at all, but you loose all the work you shoulda done in the spring.I got it off the blocks today it was on for the oil change. See no reason to do the block thing again with the drain plug in the case in front of the left wheel. Did not see that neoprene washer until after giving it a bath. Other than that just watched it rain some more.
The creeping isn't due to wear or age. It's a side effect of the way the clutches work.As to the " creeping" it has remember how old what we are talking about is .
I'd hate to think how many times the forward/reverse lever has been used lol.