Here it sits with the hood. This one is correct from late 1963 until the end of production.
I happened on a CL ad in a town fairly close and the guy had gravely machines and parts for sale. The wife and I decided to make a day of it and see what we would turn up. I scored some nice goodies I was looking for but the best was a hood I needed to make my walk behind period correct. It still had the hood supports, attachment rod and patches of paint that pointed to this being what I have been looking for.
Brief history, gravely came out with the high hood in 1963 so the battery would be protected from the elements, these hoods for whatever reason were painted a beige color. The patches of paint were this beige color.
On to the pictures. Here you can see the beige patches under some white someone put on later.
Rustoleum Cobblestone turns out to be a near perfect match. I skipped all the bare metal shots.
I made a bit of a modification to the way this hood attaches to the tractor, originally it would attach to a rod that was welded to the battery tray but once on it wouldn't come back off if need to. At least not very easily. The newer method of attachment used a rod that clipped into the battery tray so if you needed to remove the hood you just grabbed it by both ends and pulled it off. This is good for when you have a tall attachment like the snow blower on the front because the hood won't tilt forward enough to put gas in the tank.
I also made the backing plates for the hood supports wider so they actually supported the rubber. The rubber tends to relax over time and the hood would get beat up while vibrating on the tractor itself.
Some new decals.