This past Saturday and Yesterday, I was out picking up yet more L's and attachments. In total I got 2 LI's and 2 L's, and 10 attachments. Not bad!
One of them is a 1954 L 5hp that runs pretty good, smokes at start up, but clears away after. Nice tractor has the original Goodyear 4in AG tires and the old style hubs. Along with that was an old run down 1961 LI good for mostly parts.
Now yesterdays lot was the winner! There was a 1960 LI with a fixed angle rotary broom, 2 lightly used dog eater snow blowers, a sickle bar, C-spring sulky, and.......a 1945 Brass tag Model L!!!
This tractor is in great shape. It has most of the paint left on it, faded of course, with the original hood decal and ID tag. Before it was put away, someone drained the tank and bowl, so the tank is real clean. The wooden handles are nice. The two red handle bar grips still have the red paint on them with minimal ware and they aren't loose on the handles. The shift rod grip has a bit of faded paint, but is solid. Unfortunately the FW-REV lever was replaced with a wooden dowel.
Battery on the front had July 1972 scratched off of the ID sticker. I'd say it has been stored away for the past 30-35 years or so, probably inside.
Now the starter setup. I've only seen one other starter setup just like this one on a tractor up in NH. It has a big 6V starter with a odd starting gear spring setup. There is a solenoid attached to the side of the fan cowling and a starter button up the handle bar. The original hood was used, but was cut out a bit to sit up higher and close completely. The stater, bracket, and battery box are all painted a light gray color.
My guess is that this was one of the first starter setups offered on a Gravely tractor?
Anyways, I hope to give this tractor a good bath come this spring, and get it running again. I'm sure it will clean up nice, under most of that dust is still paint. I won't restore it though because of the great condition that it is in now for it's age.
I took a video on everything, but it probably won't get uploaded until tomorrow afternoon.
1954 and 1960