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Old 11-27-2006, 09:51:17 PM
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I have a Gravely model D single wheel tractor and was wondering if there is a way to date it. I don't believe I have ever run across a Gravely serial number list. Any Gravely experts out there?
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Do you have the serial number? My son's wife's grandpa is an ex Gravely dealer. We dated ours but I don't know how. I'll ask my son.
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Dave,
The serial number is D7864. This is stamped on the side of the crankcase. There is no number stamped on the ID tag.
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Mike, are there two digits in front of D7864? My serial number is 28D2129. Believe the first 2 digits are the year built.
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Thanks, Dave. I guess I'll have to take a closer look.

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Default Re: Gravely Model D

I mentioned your tractor to an old college friend of mine who happens to be a Gravely nut. He suggested checking out a website http://www.gravelyinfo.com for more information. There is another link off of that site to download owner's manuals and all kinds of info. Nice looking machine!
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Thanks, Mike. All kinds of model L info, but nothing on the model D, as usual.

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Mike, are there two digits in front of D7864? My serial number is 28D2129. Believe the first 2 digits are the year built.
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Dave,
I looked at the crankcase again today. D7864 is all that is stamped on the crankcase. There is a bolt head right in front of the D so there's not even any room for more numbers. The brass tag on top of the cooling duct has nothing stamped in the space for the tractor number.
This tractor has a cast iron Zenith carb and an Edison Splitdorf magneto. Maybe these items can pinpoint a period of years when it may have been built. I have always figured it was built in the late 1930's or early 1940's, but was told tractors of that era were built in England. Mine was built in Dunbar, WV.
The mystery continues...
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Mike, here's what I have found out. They built the single wheel tractors from 1916 to 1936. Up through 1929 they put the year in front of the serial number. If mine is a 1928 with serial number D2129, would think yours would be somewhere around 1933-34 (just a guess) and can't be newer than 1936.
Sorry, I know you were looking for an exact date.

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Thru 1929 the first two digits were the year, then model, then individual tractor numbers. 27D1234 would be a 1927. 29D1234 would be a 1929. in the 30's the first two numbers were always 30 followed by the D then the tractor number. Not fact...but lots of gravely guys think that the first number after the D is the year. 30D1234 would be 1931. 30D5678 would be 1935. Your tractor is likely a 1937, but not completely sure.
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I belong to the Gravely Tractor Club, and have a list of the members who have a Gravely Model D. There are 96 D's listed starting with 24D506, which would make a 1924. Now there are seven tractors listed with a 7 after the letter D. There are no other numbers in front of the letter D. The latest one being D7846. I believe they did make a few D's in 1937, when they also made the first Model L's. So I believe you have a 37 made during the last year they were made. I meant to say that there are English models listed with the 96 total. Thanks. GWB
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I also meant to add that the first Model D was made in 1922. The patent was gotten in 1916, but until Ben Gravely got enough monies together and a building to build these tractors it was 1922. The first four years were water cooled engines, and then they went to the air cooled ones. There are a few pictures of Model D's on the Gravely web-site under Mow-In's. www.gravelytractorclub.org thanks. GWB
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Was it though 29 or 30? Heres my D
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From my knowledge in the Gravely Tractor Club...your photo showing 30D6180 would be from 1936. FYI the magneto was changed some time between 1935 & 1936. A known 1935 tractor has a Bosch magneto that is different than the one on your tractor. Your magneto is the same as the oneshown in the 1936 owners manual for the Model D tractor that I have a copy of.
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Thanks for the info.
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Most people think that Gravely stopped selling them in the US in 1937, but that is wrong. Gravely continued to sell them into the 50s as can be seen in the price lists of that era.
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