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#1 devans OFFLINE  

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Posted April 06, 2015 - 03:47 PM

Let's see if I can wake the gravely section up some.

March of last year I was browsing CL and found a gravely 816 rider for not much money. I contacted the seller, made plans to go see him and came home with it on my trailer.

I had been wanting an 816 for a while and this one was in decent shape. I'm already into this one a ways so it will seem as if I'm moving right along on this, I'm not. 

I checked the serial number and it turns out it's a 1972 and in decent shape for 43 years old. It came with a 50" mowing deck and a 48" snow plow.

 

The back story from the seller is it belonged to an old friend and had sat in a barn for about 20 years. He was going to restore it and use it at his place but ended up in over his head.

Later I think I found why he was in over his head, fortunately I very comfortable with working on things. But that will come later.

Here are the arrival pictures when I got it back to the house that afternoon. Based on some things I found so far while working on the old girl I have no doubt it sat idle for at least 20 years.

I'll be back tomorrow with more but now I need to get ready to go home from work.

 

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Posted April 06, 2015 - 04:04 PM

Nice looking Gravely

They are a beast of a tractor!


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Posted April 06, 2015 - 04:15 PM

 Thanks.

Here is the goal. Not mine but what it will look like when I'm done. This belongs to a friend on another forum.

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Posted April 06, 2015 - 04:17 PM

They are great machines, I loved the hand control forward and reverse on the 430 I had.



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Posted April 06, 2015 - 05:45 PM

Always thought neat rigs, lots of levers on them. Yet, bet real hard to work on driv-line and engine? Like the taillight location.

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Posted April 07, 2015 - 01:25 AM

Looks to be a heavy duty built tractor and the weight of that Onan engine in the rear should help with the snow plowing.



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Posted April 07, 2015 - 04:58 AM

I have always liked the gravely machines but I have to second the idea that they would be a bear to work on.

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Posted April 07, 2015 - 08:25 AM

Actually not hard to work on at all, you'll see as I ad to this thread.

The next batch of pictures show the overall condition of what I started with.

The usual gunk, grease and rust. All in all not in bad condition. There is a broken tie rod, the axle doesn't pivot like it should and the right hand king pin is locked up keeping the tire from rotating.

The first picture shows the seat pan up which gives plenty of access to the motor and transmission area.

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Posted April 07, 2015 - 09:07 AM

The next set I have the hood off and the motor tins removed to clean up hard to get to areas and power wash the back end. I put the muffler back on to keep water out of the motor.

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Posted April 07, 2015 - 09:15 AM

Which Onan is in there? It's great to see 'under the hood' of one of these machines. Thanks for taking us along! Hopefully, some other Gravely folks will chime in.


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Posted April 07, 2015 - 09:23 AM

Kenny, my pleasure. It has the CCKA 16.5 H.P. Lots of power. I'm still not up to where I'm currently at with the tractor. I will be delving into the old girl a lot farther pretty soon. Don't want to give up too much too soon.


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Posted April 07, 2015 - 01:11 PM

After her bath I figured I'd better look into how bad the gas was that was in the tank. I was the worst smelling stuff I'd smelled in a while. I was amazed the Onan even ran on this stuff. Just for giggles I cut the old filter (thank god it had one) apart.

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Posted April 07, 2015 - 01:19 PM

Next up new tires. The tires were flat when I went to look at it so I pumped them up with my portable compressor, the previous owner shook the tractor side to side and the left rear tire side wall failed. It made loading the tractor interesting.

My wife picked up new tires at TSC for me. The old ones were stuck to the rims real bad so I improvised. 20 ton shop press to the rescue.

Got new rubber on all fours ready to rock and roll. The half drum is to keep the rain off the dash and seat, I've since put up a portable garage. 

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Posted April 14, 2015 - 01:43 PM

Any more progress, Don? Wouldn't want your Gravely project to get too stretched out in time. :smilewink:



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Posted April 14, 2015 - 08:23 PM

Oh I think I have a long way to go to catch up with you on that one. I do need to update this.






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