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I did something I haven't done in 11 years. I mowed my yard with a gravely . 11 years ago this week my job went away do to a factory closing. 3 weeks before that my Gravely LI died, Engine problems. with no job it wasn't practical to fix it . about 6 weeks ago I was given a Gravely professional 12 with snow blade . Tonight after work I picked up a 40 in Kidney deck . So I am back mowing with a gravely


If I had a deck like that on my ‘91 professional 8, I wouldn’t have had to buy my Gravely ProTurn 152. I just couldn’t keep up with mowing the pastures and the woods, about 5+ acres total.
If I had to mow 5+ acres I would have bought the 50 inch deck that the gentleman had. The professional 12 has enough power to run the 50 inch deck I live on about 1/2 acre with about 40 x 60 garden with my yard size and layout the 40 mower made more sense . Plus I like that deck discharge is to the left back side of the deck so you can mow tight against stuff on either side of the deck
 

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I have been mowing fields of 2' tall weeds with my '69 C8 and 42" sickle bar. So far so good. It even provides mosquito control as it has quite a smoking habit. :hide:
 

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1. As with PaulL, I've been hammering the (four foot tall) weeds with my 42in. sickle mower on the 5665. Weed Carnage TM... utter devastation :tango_face_devil:

2. Bought Viton O-ring seals for the MA 709 Sprayer- RoundUp won't break them down.
 

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It's not what I did with my Gravely LI today... it's what I didn't do! It's so hot that the "starter and control module" doesn't have the energy to pull the strap or follow the machine around. Mowing needs to be done, but it will have to wait for better Gravely conditions.
I looked at it and walked away! But, I've discovered that if you park the lawn chair exactly right, the top of the mower gear box makes a good spot to rest a liquid refreshment.
Tween the 90+ heat every day and the miserable mosquitoes I dont go out unless I have to.
Ive sprayed so much mosquito spray on myself my legs are beet-red.
Weather here is so screwed up, first it rained every day by the buckets for 2 months and now its just dry and 90+ deg w/no rain. Always "too something"!
The weather said because of all the rain the mosquitoes were gonna be bad something about their eggs were already in the ground and they were right.
 

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Took a few tractors to a local show and parade. With my local tractor club brush valley antique iron& power club. Enjoy had some pics and vid started in a reply the other night. Must not have posted IDK. Not going threw and posting pics again
 

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1. Got the Utility Sprayer MA709 back together: tank PE welded; new Viton O-rings; s/s fasteners; threaded drain plug replaced with brass plug; painted and de-greased. Factory-new now :tango_face_smile_bi

2. Cleaned up the SPOT drive flange fkwittery on the 42in sickle mower- new bolts, springs, nylocs and clutch plates from Wilton Graveley. As always, excellent service from Bill Wilton :fing32:
 

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I'll bite on this thread, considering it seems Ive been talking to myself lately and my thread has turned into "what Gerrard did today to his Gravely".
Anyhow for the last cpl days using what little time I have per day for it Ive been hunting down small parts for painting and getting as much stuff as I can that hasnt been gone-over and cleaned and painted before re-assembly.

After 2 days I finally located the lost-lever for the control rods or whatever the proper name for them is and got it cleaned sanded and painted.
Ive seen a question on here awhile back about how to get the small plastic grips off of the levers and I just heat up a work knife w/one of those butane mini-torches and get it hot and just lay it on there and remove it all in one motion.
Real easy, surprised the heck outta me.

Look at how cruddy that handle is under that grip after 50 yrs. I took some plumbers cloth to it, works pretty good.
 

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All Iv'e had time to do lately is do some touch-up painting where some stuff I painted a year ago has been out here getting banged up and stuff, altho covered I have some condensation probs on the ceiling in the morning and because of my dog plus just having the space to keep stuff safe I have to hang or suspend stuff from the ceiling.
Well heres some of it. Less some bolt-heads Ive painted.
Plus my new S&W I just got yesterday, Model 351c.
Been just cleaning tractor as much as possible because its to muct trouble to repaint it, apparently previous owner painted over red w/another red so I'll prolly just clean it best I can.
 

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Interesting right hand tire orientation.
I personally dont see how you can get better traction the way the inside tire is as far as direction of the tread goes. It seems to go inward in whatever you are in and the other way ( opposite of the way they are normally used) seems to push muck out of the way while still digging. But thats just how I see it or how it looks to me but Im sure I'll hear all the " they've been using them the other way for years and years '' and all that lol.
Luckily theres 4 of them so I cant go wrong either way.
 

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As usual everything I do turns out to be a big cluster, so today I decided to try /start reassembling the beast and after searching for bolts for about an hr. I managed to get intake manf. on so then I went to exhaust manf. and the same bolts didnt wanna fit to well so after some of the stuff Ive been thru I dare not even try to force them ( yes I cleaned out threads , always do that).
So I then went to my spare stuff and low n behold I have a cpl attached to the manf./old/spare carb. So Im soaking them for awhile while I mow a bit in some of the PB Blaster.
And Im documenting everything I do here so heres some pics of todays snail-work lol.
And that mini-torch is the best thing to heat something like a bolt head without hurting anything else like gaskets & seals Ive found.
 

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Well I was mistaken about that. When my 7/16 socket didnt fit on the bolt heads I then realized the bolts I was after were the ones going into the carb and not the manifold ( parts list says they are the same size bolts) so I was gonna use them on the exhaust side, oh well par for the course.
Luckily I found the right ones Im 99% sure and they are soaking overnight before I clean them up or introduce them to my T&D set.
I cant count the times Iv'e been glad I got the parts tractor, its saved me many times.
 

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Hello Gerrard its your buddy Gerrard again.
Just wanted to show you how these dont even look like the same two bolts after going over them w/a Dremmel tool wire type wheel on low and some PB rust penetrant. Just painted the heads to protect them and they worked pretty well. Glad I found them.
Finding the stuff I took off it is 80% of my probs.
 

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Just have to say starting out here i've just been busy this year with work tractors and tractor clubs. Which leads me to not be on here or post alot since I can't just upload 30 pics in 3 seconds since I have to select them all manually.
DSC00476.JPG Bought, got running and suited up a 67 424 with 40 inch commercial deck out front. Was the fellows grandpas tractor. And sent him a vid of it working and was flat out in disbelief that I got it going good .

DSC00344.JPG been flat busy with my local fair this pic

DSC00582.JPG My local tractor club display for there show next 2 pics

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DSC00639.JPG Buying more stuff. $50 haul here

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DSC00661.JPG This next load came from a fella on facebook and was his dads and grandpa's and he has no interest in them. Lots of stuff!

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DSC00667.JPG 74 commercial 12, sprayer, decks, snow blade

DSC00672.JPG 67 430 trans and motor newer frame. 3/4 of a 432 and lots of parts

DSC00685.JPG Traded dual blade spacer for buzz saw missing input drive

DSC00719.JPG Constructed gravely overflow storage with help of auction buy of metal roofing :D

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DSC00748.JPG Then were into fixing 67 430 that I bought know trans issues. Blown high low planetary. First in person for me.

DSC00773.JPG Changed planetary still no high side. Took back off and found shear keyway and almost wrecked crank. think with a new style one piece gear it will be good enough to work fine

DSC00777.JPG One more local show

DSC00781.JPG Setup of local tractor club again

DSC00655.JPG Broke up ground setting the 2 bottom plows on my 9n ford

DSC00656.JPG Used 82 and her rear tiller to break it up and smooth it out alot

DSC00696.JPG Then the 49 L and power barrel hauled the rocks away. Just a few!

DSC00785.JPG And tryed out the 74 commercial 12 tonight and rotary plow. Only issue is forward clutch slipping from missing washer and spring on shiftier linkage.


Hopefully will try and keep updated more and have lots of vids and pics to make threads on all this stuff. But have not had time to do so. If anybody wants to see or hear about something let me know.

Will be going to the point plesant, WV swap meet here next saturday Oct 5th. If your going see you there
 

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Looks like Heaven on Earth to me.
I have learned that Pennsylvania is where the Gravely's are it seems like.
There must have been a lot of dealerships in that state when they were being made up here in West By God lol!
There was one just a mile or less from my house, and a Cushman dealership to.
 

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It doesnt hurt to have your handlebars off and hanging-up when putting in a new H-Bar kill switch.
Drop thin-light string made for tieing a Turkey's legs together when cooking with a nut tied onto it for weight then use tiny zip-ties to attach wire onto string and pull er thru. lol.
 

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Couldnt do much today w/the Gravely but put the carb on and then got the H-Bar kill switch in, the ypo of it anyway. Looks like I gotta get another grommet tho, had to take it off awhile back because I put another coat of paint on them where they got scratched all to heck just sitting around.
I already took everything apart long ago so may as well get it all painted and cleaned up now considering it'll be my only chance.
Thats what I got it for to clean-up best I can and give it to my son thinking it'll last him for some yrs. to come.
That rusted button had to be replaced, pretty bad.

Again sorry about the upside down sideways stuff but it aint nothing Im doin.
 

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It certainly will look nice when finished, Gerrard!
Thanks Greg,I hope so. Hey I was talking to an old buddy of mine about an hr. ago and he has a Gravely he bought,but he was tellin me about a guy out in Salt Rock off of McComas Rd. or somewhere and he said the guy has prolly 50 old Gravelys, ever hear of him?
 
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