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New toy: Gravely mower


Bought this the other day for around $100. Unsure which model it is though, looks to be a later...

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Old 07-21-2009, 05:54 PM
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Bought this the other day for around $100. Unsure which model it is though, looks to be a later model with the Robin motor that's fitted to it. The tag on the handle says S/N 00524197. Robin motor does not go because 2 out of 4 inner flywheel magnets are missing and one is just about broken chunks, so I am hoping to try and fit an original gravely motor to it. I have the gravely mower, given to me from a friend but needs a piston, cylinder head, valves and carb to complete it.

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Default Re: New toy: Gravely mower

One of the best places to find new old stock, reworked, or otherwise good parts is Richard's Lawn & Garden in west Virginia. He has everything you would ever need from a few parts to a brand new engine. Only problem is price. He has all the best Gravely stuff and you have to pay for the best stuff...my humble opinion. To help you out check www.oldgravelys.net for just about any owner's or service manual you could need. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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Default Re: New toy: Gravely mower

What you have is an old super convertable that used to be powered by either a 6.6 or a 7.6 hp.gravely engine dating anywere from the mid to late 50's to the late 60's.I have 2 of this model and still use them.

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Default Re: New toy: Gravely mower

Based on the dash panel and hitch, it is likely to be a Commercial 12 or L8 model (1969 or later machine). Check the forward housing (casting) on the lower left side in front of the wheel for an ID tag. Starts with letter "J" and 5 numbers, like: J-12345. With that number, you can look it up in a chart to determine the heritage.
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Default Re: New toy: Gravely mower

According to the serial # of 00524197, it would be a 1981. As jepics said the hitch and dash panel are probably orginial and a give away as to the model. It orginially had a kohler engine on this tractor, either an 8 hp - Model 5260 or a 10 hp - Model 5460 or a 12 hp - Model 5665. I am not sure if a regular T head gravely engine will fit up on this tractor. It would be best to get a kohler engine of whatever horsepower you desire.
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I am not sure if a regular T head gravely engine will fit up on this tractor.
The answer is no. A Kohler or later powered unit uses 4 clearance holes to attach the adapter to the tranny. Bolts come in from the front. Gravely engine requires tapped holes for all but one stud and the bolts come in from the rear thru the engine.
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Default Re: New toy: Gravely mower

Well the chances of finding a kohler for it are fairly slim, as people want a fair bit for the big ones and I was lucky to get the gravely for less than what people usually try to sell them for. Fortunately I did find another flywheel for the robin motor and got it running. The last owner left it outside and when I drained the gearbox i got about half a cup of water with it. Recently I discovered little broken bits of bakerlite in the bottom of the gearbox, and although I stripped the entire thing down, I couldn't find any traces as to where the bits of bakerlite came from.
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Default Re: New toy: Gravely mower

Regs:

THe Bakelite probably is material from the bands. The earliest L models had metal-to-metal bands. The later ones had lined bands.

Since yours is a later model, what you found is probably what was once on the bands.

Like the Model T Ford, you find lots of interesting bits in the sump.

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