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#1 Clint OFFLINE  


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Posted August 02, 2013 - 09:23 PM

Hi guys,


I bought my first Gravely yesterday. It is a model L I. It has a 30" mower deck and a sulkey. The sulkey looks to be home made. I am not familiar with Gravely's at all as this is my first. The tank is rust free, but has gunk that looks like it will clean right out. Kinda jelled gas at the bottom. The guy said it's been sitting for about 12 years. I haven't even tried to turn the engine over yet. I ran out of time the other day. What would this model with the deck and sulkey be worth? I think I did ok, but want to be sure. Here are some pictures.


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Posted August 02, 2013 - 09:37 PM

Very nice! 

No idea on worth but if you are happy with the purchase thats all that matters.  :thumbs:

A Gravely two wheeler is what started my addiction to garden tractors. 

Your tractor was made in 1958

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Posted August 02, 2013 - 11:06 PM

A lot depends on where you are as far as value.  It is a nice looking unit though.  Could be worth anywhere from $200 to $1000 dollars.

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Posted August 03, 2013 - 06:34 AM

Nice original paint. I'd like to see it after it goes through the car wash!

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Posted August 03, 2013 - 07:19 AM

I think you did very well.  Supposedly the LI is one of the rarer Gravelys.  It stands for Model L Intermediate Speed.  Gravely made an LS, and LI, and the L.  The LI was geared a little slower so you didn't have to run to keep up. 


You also have a Parker governor.  That is one handy unit.  If you don't have one, the Gravely is straight throttle.  That works well, but a governor sure is nice. 


If it has been sitting, you'll need to go visit GtGravelyParts.com.  Todd White is the man for Gravely parts.  I would get the minimum of a couple things:


~Magneto Kit. 

~Zenith carburetor kit.

~Fuel shutoff (unless you have a sediment bowl)

~Head gasket if you plan to decarbonize the head.


An auto parts store will have the W14 spark plug, the oil filter if your's has one, and a length of fuel line.


Post a picture of the sulky, if you get a chance.  The Gravely sulky did look in way almost home made.


Don't paint that machine!  I love those original decals. 


Ben W.

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Posted August 03, 2013 - 04:11 PM

Was that the one down in Imperial, MO for $100 on St. Louis Craigslist? If so, you beat me to it by about an hour! Ha! Good score. I called the guy after he emailed me his phone number and said someone was loading it up. That was probably you! If you're ever interested in selling it, let me know, I'm just up the road from you in Edwardsville. Well done, I knew that one would go quick.

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Posted August 03, 2013 - 04:21 PM

Yup, that was me. I didn't think I got hurt for $100 bucks!  Just didn't know what they went for. I have a few David Bradley walk behinds I'm on the fence about selling. I have three or four of them. Not complete, but I have all the hoods.




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Posted September 15, 2013 - 11:56 AM

Clint, if you think you did okay that is all that matters!

but for the record you did good..... not just okay.

The machine is in good shape and came with a sulky, that's a bonus in my books.

I see machines go for more money without a sulky, the hood is bashed up and broken, motor does not run and the tires were rotting off the wheels. 

The guy must have been of his rocker to buy it in that condition........ but I had to have it! :rolling:


I cant wait to see it cleaned up and running for you.



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Posted November 01, 2013 - 03:46 PM

Nice find!  I pay $75 for non runners all the time and most are not in as good a shape as yours.  Keep your eyes open and buy parts tractors whenever you see them. They are your best source for parts when things go wrong. (that won't happen that much)  Just a clutch ring for these things new is more than what you paid for the tractor!


Larry W.


I have a 1967 Model C in a box in my garage.  It was outside in the rain for 10 years when I found it.  Things were rusting off of it.  I just tore it down and saved what was good and scrapped the rest.  The parts are worth far more than $75.00 for me and my 79 year old father that has 5 or 6 of his own.

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