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#1 KBuzz OFFLINE  

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Posted August 28, 2017 - 05:56 PM

So I bought a house recently and the previous owner mentioned a tractor that he left on the property. So after some searching through some weeds I found a tarp, and this is what was under that tarp. I don't know anything about gravelys so any info will help. Is this old guy worth fixing up? or is it just scrap?gravely5.jpg gravely4.jpg gravely3.jpg gravely2.jpg gravely1.jpg

 

Thanks,

Ken


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Posted August 28, 2017 - 06:59 PM

Know nothing about Gravely but - -  I have seen worse machines brought back.   All depends on how much time and $$ you want to invest in a hobby I guess.


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Posted August 28, 2017 - 07:55 PM

I would say it depends on its condition

I have a 1955 Gravel model L with the 30 inch rotary mower like yours and the square shoot snow blower

They are awesome for mowing down tall grass and mulching anything in its path

Mine is a beast with a 3/8 in thick bush blade

Also have a 1/4 inch thick finish blade for the mower

You can put a sulky on the back and then its a front mount rider  


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Posted August 28, 2017 - 08:26 PM

In good condition, they are a brute. A great machine for cuting weeds and brush. There are many other attachments available for them.


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Posted August 28, 2017 - 08:28 PM

Found a pic of mine

 

 

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Posted August 28, 2017 - 08:30 PM

I love the Gravely's!!!!

 

Did the tarp keep the rain water out of the tranny?  Looks like lots of dirt in there which is not good at all.

 

That tractor was built between 1956 and 1966 and is 6.6 horsepower. 


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Posted August 29, 2017 - 12:37 AM

Mower deck is missing the right angle drive housing.

 

If it was stored with to PTO open, that is really bad news for the transmission.  Though, clearly you must have been able to move it.

 

Only way to tell is clean it up and see what has been damaged. 

 

Parts can be had.


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Posted August 29, 2017 - 04:46 AM

You can find manuals for most all Gravely's here.


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Posted August 29, 2017 - 05:28 AM

Mower deck is missing the right angle drive housing.

 

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If you look at the 3rd pick you can see the 90 degree housing along wall in front of the Gravely

Seems everything is there


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Posted August 29, 2017 - 06:33 AM

The bottom line is no one can give you advice based on exterior pictures, they don't indicate much about the mechanical condition.  It's possible a little gas and oil and it'll start right up.  It's also possible that the engine, transmission and drive line need major attention.

 

My guess would be for the right buyer it's probably worth more than scrap.


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Posted August 29, 2017 - 07:51 AM

Agreed, you're going to need to go over the machine a bit to see if it's worth bringing back. Parts are out there. Plenty of them. But, in areas where these machines are prevalent, and Pennsylvania is one, you can get running walk behinds for $200-$300. Also, of note, you have an electric start setup. If the starter and starter clutch are viable, there is value there. In the neighborhood of $150 in my experience.


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Posted August 29, 2017 - 05:04 PM

Ok, well thank you all for the info. I think the tarp kept the rain off and out of it, although I'm sure it didn't help with the rust. I think the dirt in the front of it is just from my neighbor and I dragging it out of the weeds. I think I may hang on to it and see if I can get it running. I'm sure I could get some use out of it, plus it would make a nice little side project break from all the Massey projects I have going on at the moment lol. Does anyone know why I have 4 handles, and why the hood looks different from other model "L"s  out there like James Bosma's?

 

Thanks again,

Ken


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Posted September 04, 2017 - 10:55 AM

The tractor is from 1947 based on serial number. You will need to clean every bit of dirt out of the front PTO housing as the PTO oil is shared with the engine. The hood is from 1963 or after and a very common upgrade. I have never seen the short handles before and would remove them.


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