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.