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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.

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And that is only the third Ford starter setup I've heard of. Yours, the one in NH, and mine. And yes, mine is light grey too.
Thanks! Under 150 up is pretty close. A Ford starter, neat. I'm guessing that there aren't many of them around. Does yours have the same starter button setup? different?
 

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Good find Jake! How many tractors is this now?
I think he's closing in on being the 500TractorGuy, Ron. Good thing those back woods are BIG!
 

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The video is up, here a link- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unbtx9ECUDI


Good find Jake! How many tractors is this now?
Thanks Ron! Well I had 14 tractors, that would be complete machines running and not, plus these 4, so 18 is the current inventory! 2 more and I'll be at 20, shouldn't be all that hard to do.:fing32:
And I tell ya, the attachments are starting to pile up.

I think he's closing in on being the 500TractorGuy, Ron. Good thing those back woods are BIG!
Sure is a good thing! Means I can bring home even more.
 

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Thought I'd bring this thread back and let you guys know how the '45 is going.

I was able to getting running a few weeks ago. Took a bit to get it going but once it fired up and the crap burned off, there was no smoke! Once warmed up, it fires right over first touch of the button. Sitting since '75 or so, that's 35 or so years less of ware and tear, can't beat that!
Unfortunately the exhaust cam shaft oil seal leaks pretty good and one of the engine mounting bolts is stripped in the transmission, one the hitch support is mounted to. It'll get a heli-coil at some point when I have time to pull the engine off.

Here's a video of the start up!- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpjs-nlIDPw


And Don, I found this picture on the GTCOA site in the '03 mow-in pictures. Is this your '45 with the Ford starter? It does have part of a starter plate incorporated. I wasn't sure though, doesn't look a whole lot like yours, AG tires and all.

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Thought I'd bring this thread back and let you guys know how the '45 is going.

I was able to getting running a few weeks ago. Took a bit to get it going but once it fired up and the crap burned off, there was no smoke! Once warmed up, it fires right over first touch of the button. Sitting since '75 or so, that's 35 or so years less of ware and tear, can't beat that!
Unfortunately the exhaust cam shaft oil seal leaks pretty good and one of the engine mounting bolts is stripped in the transmission, one the hitch support is mounted to. It'll get a heli-coil at some point when I have time to pull the engine off.

Here's a video of the start up!- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpjs-nlIDPw


And Don, I found this picture on the GTCOA site in the '03 mow-in pictures. Is this your '45 with the Ford starter? It does have part of a starter plate incorporated. I wasn't sure though, doesn't look a whole lot like yours, AG tires and all.

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No, not mine. Mine has a red plate with it.
 

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I just picked up a 1953 L with a ring gear set up like that on the pully but there is not hardware or starter with it. I have a starter with a Bendix spring and a kick-back gear (from a model T) now all I need to do is fabricate a mounting bracket.
 

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Well my memory is going bad. It has a black plate. Starter motor is behind the plate.
Good stuff! When you explained it, it sounded like the Gravely starter plate was used and not the original style. Neat to see another one around. I guess that makes 3, yours, mine, and that picture from the 2001 mow-in. L-Guy's got 1/3 of the setup, too bad the rest wasn't with it.
 
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