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    Default Re: Gravely 40" wing mower restoration

    Much progress made. The best news is a major find. A serious find...a packed away bin of 18 cans of oem Gravely red.
    For years I had visited Lightkep's shop outside of Philadelphia, having fun in his boneyard, and always wanted to buy a little something while I was there, so
    I stocked up on red paint. I knew I had two decks to do, this is the first of two identical ones, and then my garden tractor could use another coat. Can't have this shiny wing mower
    being pulled by a grubby tractor, right?
    18 cans, I'm in heaven, despite now having 8 cans of the wrong red.

    Primed, and then two coats of red, thinking I might put a coat of clear on top just for durability.
    Sure does show every wart...but when I think of what this looked like to begin with, I think I'm still well ahead.
    More pieces to paint, and lots of little attachment hardware to source, some plastic bushings that thankfully are still available.

    this is an unusual mower in that it has full contact blades. The blade set for this 40 inch mower is the same blade set as my 50 inch garden tractor deck.
    So clearly there is lots of overlap, and the way Gravely manages that is to have splined pulleys so everything stays in the same place once installed.

    Had a problem with bugs getting in the paint. Something this bright red and this big is a huge magnet for bugs; they must think it's a giant flower.
    Tweezed two bugs off, let this one sit, and somehow it managed to drag itself another inch, and then fly off. Usually that oil paint is like a venus fly trap, once in,
    they are there for the duration.
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    Default Re: Gravely 40" wing mower restoration

    Nice score d

    That's a great way to finish off your deck..... don't know how long your cutting season goes, but at least for next year - post pics of the matching pair pls....

    Rgds, D.
    It is more important to understand Fizx than to know how to spell it.

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    Default Re: Gravely 40" wing mower restoration

    Very impressive!

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