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Re: Gravely walk behind

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Bret4207

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Bob, when you work them hard you have to maintain them well. Make sure the fan belt is tight enough to be turning well, I've seen them slip. Make sure the air baffles are all there and that the fins and passages are fee of dirt and debris. An air cooled engine working hard needs air flow to cool it. Don't lean the tractor out too much and if you have an oil filter keep it changed, keep the oil topped off and in warmer weather or when working it hard use straight high quality 30 weight. You also want to make sure the timing is on, too much advance will kill them. They will pass a little oil when working hard, mostly form old gaskets, but the oil fill cap up front will vent oil vapor when she's bulling.

They are great old machines and you don't need to run them flat out to make power with that long stroke, low speed engine.

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