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#31 devans OFFLINE  

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Posted October 15, 2015 - 10:38 AM

Here it sits with the hood. This one is correct from late 1963 until the end of production. 

 

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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.

 

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Rustoleum Cobblestone turns out to be a near perfect match. I skipped all the bare metal shots.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Some new decals.

 

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Posted October 15, 2015 - 11:03 AM

That came out beautiful, Don. And shiny. I like shiny things :thumbs:


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Posted October 15, 2015 - 11:04 AM

On another trip to one of my parts people I scored a couple of correct carbs. Seeing as I went through a bunch of trouble customizing other parts of the tractor why not the carb too?

I completely tore it down a thoroughly cleaned everything, again steel parts were painted and non-steel parts were buffed out. The only deviation was I painted the lettering on the carb the same color of the tractor.

 

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Posted October 15, 2015 - 11:06 AM

And finally the money shot. I bought dual wheel adapters and two sets of turf tires for it because these just look so cool running duals.

It's hard to believe what it looked like when I first got it and how far it's come but it was a blast getting to where it is now.

 

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Posted October 15, 2015 - 11:13 AM

That came out beautiful, Don. And shiny. I like shiny things :thumbs:

Thanks Ellis. Posting this really makes me want to tear into the next one in line but I'm trying to come up with the money I need for the loader project. I'm almost there but I feel like I'm getting no where.



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Posted October 15, 2015 - 12:05 PM

Wow. Probably nicer than when it was new!
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Posted October 15, 2015 - 12:07 PM

Wow Great Job!!!


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Posted October 19, 2015 - 07:57 AM

Very nice,,, excellent work!


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Posted October 19, 2015 - 07:12 PM

Thanks gentleman. I appreciate the compliments.



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Posted February 23, 2016 - 08:31 PM

nice work ! getting to start restoration on my 66 and been looking for a good match for the gravely orange( and the white for that matter) what type of paint are u using if you don't mind me asking ?


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Posted February 24, 2016 - 09:00 AM

I've been using rustoleum chevy orange, but it seems a bit too orange. The white I use is rustoleum appliance white. It's an epoxy paint and very durable. 

I think the correct colors are duplicator 1706 and krylon canvas white. I'll have to double check that. 


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Posted April 01, 2016 - 06:50 PM

Hello everyone. I just joined here today and glad I did, in particular because of this thread. I have a 1949 L and I want to do the same type of restoration on mine as you did on yours. Thank you for all of the great pics!



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Posted April 01, 2016 - 06:57 PM

Hello everyone. I just joined here today and glad I did, in particular because of this thread. I have a 1949 L and I want to do the same type of restoration on mine as you did on yours. Thank you for all of the great pics!

Scott, Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you with us. When you get a chance, start a thread on your tractor and post some pics. I'm sure we'd all like to see it.


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Posted April 01, 2016 - 07:02 PM

Scott, Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you with us. When you get a chance, start a thread on your tractor and post some pics. I'm sure we'd all like to see it.

I will absolutely do that. I have to pick it up first, but the deal is done. I got a sickle bar with it ..........................but I don't know, it's kinda rough looking. The Tractor runs, but it was rough to start and has not been maintained. Mostly just sat around. I may get the sulky for it that he has too, but it seems to be a later version then the tractor but I have no way to tell. I haven't messed around with these machines in decades


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 10:54 AM

Scott welcome aboard. I'm glad my thread inspired you to join.

Mine was pretty rough when I got it and a lot was missing from it. Yours more than likely just needs some good maintenance and it will run like it's supposed to. Get the sulky if it won't break the bank and use it for now, then look for a period correct one.

I look forward to seeing you fix yours up.


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