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Re: Gravely Tractor walk behind

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SuperABen

12-29-2012 18:01:28
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I have a Gravely L from c.1955 in my shop right now. They are well made machines and one of my favorites! Your Gravely was made in 1966; the official model is a C 7.6.

Old old L's (like mine) did not come with governors. They were an added cost option, but a bit nice when you have to do some work. They are a bit hard to find today reasonably; those who have them keep them just because they make your life that much better while in use!

Pierce governors aren't too bad to work with if you are familiar with centrifugal governors.

www.oldgravelys.net/pdf/Pierce_Gov_Install_Instruc_0760.pdf

Check all your springs and connections to make sure they are working as they are a bit tricky to get correct, like all linkages, if you are not familiar with them. I had an early L retrofitted with a Pierce that had binding linkages. This PDF is very helpful in this area:

http://www.oldgravelys.net/pdf/Governor_Adjust_Langille.pdf

As John mentions in the PDF, probably the weights are a little tight if it runs like an airplane.

Gene Gull rebuilds them, as well as Rick Mathis of the Gravely Shop: http://www.gravelyshop.com/

Ben W. in VA
OldPathsEquipment.com

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Farmall Bob

01-01-2013 07:10:18
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 Re: Gravely Tractor walk behind in reply to SuperABen, 12-29-2012 18:01:28  
Hi Ben,
I disassembled the governor, and it was a mess. Cleaned it, squirt a rust penetration lubricant to all the moveing parts, worked it real well,cleaned it again, then filled it with oil, and then reassembled it. It works like a charm. There isn't much inside of them, but swinging weights.
I just love these old Gravely's the engineering is just fantastic!!



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SuperABen

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 Re: Gravely Tractor walk behind in reply to Farmall Bob, 01-01-2013 07:10:18  
That's all those governors usually need to get rolling again. The problem comes when you need parts for the things!

Glad to hear the engine is running well. Gravely engines were made by Studebaker. It takes more than rough treatment to destroy them.

Ben W. in VA
OldPathsEquipment.com



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