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Posted October 10, 2015 - 07:46 PM

There were some parts I didn't get pictures of that I did differently than they originally were but I'll get those during the reassembly phase. To give you an idea of the type of detail I'm aiming for here's the shut off valve for the gas tank. There are more detail items like this throughout the entire tractor.

 

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Posted October 10, 2015 - 07:58 PM

Just some small parts plus I went ahead and repainted the nose cover I made before to match the color of the '63 but I kept the four seasons motif. This time though I made a template of the four seasons paint scheme on paper and plan to scan it to my hard drive for future use.

The nose cover is for when there is no attachment on the front to keep the oil in. In these pictures you can see the template I made. I taped it to the cover then used a razor knife to cut out the squares. This left lines to follow when I applied the masking tape. Then on goes the second color, easy.

 

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Posted October 10, 2015 - 08:08 PM

I didn't think that I was going to bring the trans into work because I didn't think I could get it into my truck but I managed. While waiting for the paint on the trans to dry I started shining up the air filter adapter.

Not too bad on the tape job on the motor, I only have a little bit of cleanup to do on spots I missed with the tape. The lower part of the motor is cast aluminum so I wanted to leave it a natural color to help break up all that color and like I said before if it won't rust I didn't want to paint it.

 

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From here I start the reassembly phase. All the non painted items you've seen so far will start making more sense as to what I had envisioned the tractor to look like.



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Posted October 10, 2015 - 08:34 PM

And away we go.

Well I got the trans back home and managed to squeeze a couple of hours in on her while I was off shift. 

The fan shroud is on there so I can set the fan belt tension, it will come back off when I put the top of the motor back together.

There's a closeup of the oil filter system to show how the brass, aluminum and painted parts compliment each other, also I decided to paint the oil pressure gauge in white epoxy. I also needed to clean the paint off the area below where the mag mounts.

 

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I'll leave off here for now. There isn't really too much more to ad but I fear I've over loaded the thread for one day. I'll get more up when I get the chance in a couple of days or I could ad more tonight, I'm here until 7:00 a.m. You tell me.


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Posted October 11, 2015 - 05:24 AM

Wow! Thanks for the great refurb thread! It's always interesting to see a machine taken down to the components, cleaned, painted and put back together looking like new. I've never seen this done to an older Gravely and you have done a great job on the refurbish and the documentation of it. 


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Posted October 11, 2015 - 05:59 AM

Where did the serial # tag run off to? Great work!
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Posted October 11, 2015 - 05:37 PM

Nice attention to detail. Isn't it nice working in a place where you can use company tools and techniques for what we like to call "government work". We have bead blasters, presses, CNC machine, lathe, spray booth... Makes it nice!


As long as it doesn't get out of hand, we can do what we want with company tools and equipment. We have had guys come in off time and line bore a cylinder block, bore the cylinders and rebuild the heads. As long as it was on your time....

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Posted October 12, 2015 - 08:37 PM

Where did the serial # tag run off to? Great work!

Thanks. I took the I.D. tag off to get all of the fan shroud with the wire wheel. It does end up back on later. 

Thanks for the comments guys.


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Posted October 12, 2015 - 08:39 PM

As long as it doesn't get out of hand, we can do what we want with company tools and equipment. We have had guys come in off time and line bore a cylinder block, bore the cylinders and rebuild the heads. As long as it was on your time....

Too bad more places didn't do things like that for their employees.


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Posted October 13, 2015 - 06:29 AM

Top notch as always, Don. Always enjoy watching the process, and the attention to detail on your projects  :thumbs:


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Posted October 15, 2015 - 09:23 AM

Here's my little helper/inspector. He likes it so far. The 5200, not so much. He walked right over and watered one of the tires if you know what I mean.

Battery tray, PTO lever and nose cover.

I put the hood on just to get the pictures. I later went a different direction with the hood and I'll show that soon.

 

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Posted October 15, 2015 - 09:29 AM

And the air filter assembly. I need to get a new wing nut, probably stainless, and I have some special paper for making dry rub transfers for the air filter labels. More on that later.

 

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Posted October 15, 2015 - 09:51 AM

Well here are some more progress shots. Motor going back together.

 

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These are the only steel parts I deviated on the painting of. I shined them up and clear coated them just to break up all that orange.

 

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Posted October 15, 2015 - 10:03 AM

Some more......

 

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Here's the governor and choke cable. Gravely also painted these items after they were installed so they end up being the color of the tractor. I want mine to be unique so I only painted the steel parts that can rust.

 

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I painted the throttle cable Black as well for contrast.

 

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Posted October 15, 2015 - 10:14 AM

More tinkering...cleaned up and repainted the starter, exhaust manifold and muffler.

 

Starter before and after.

 

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Curing the heat resistant paint on the exhaust manifold and muffler. I ran the flame up the inside of the pipe nipple and used a thermal thermometer to make sure I reached the 500 degrees called for to cure the paint.  

 

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