Hey Brent and guys,
I had an L1 for years. It had DUAL AG Tires on it and was an awesome machine. My senior year at HS, I custom fabbed a 48" snow blade for it in shop class. It was just like all the rest of em I guess....fwd/rev on one side of the handle, and hi/lo on the other. The throttle on those things was interesting to say the least...no governor on mine at least. I got mine (in 1976) for hauling it away ......with all the STUFF !!!!!!! It had the finish mower; the 30" bushhog; sickle bar and rotary hoe. The thing didn't run and had been outside for a spell. Well, got the valves unstuck; changed the oil; overhauled the carb, and one giant spark plug later it breathed life!! ...I also eventually piped the exhaust as far up and out to the front as I thought I could go. I used the sickle bar once! The bushhog some; the finish mower tons. I used the rotary hoe I think only 2 times...that attachment is NOT SAFE !!!!! hehehehe
By the way, mine was "strap start", with the steel grommet at the end. 2 things those gravely's needed.....a governor.....COMPRESSION RELEASE !!!!!!
My funny? gravely story: like I mentioned, I made that snow plow for it, and man would it plow snow!! But, as many a gravely owner knows, one does NOT get himself BETWEEN the handles if'n it's under power right??....so my 1st wife's sister and her hubby move in 3 houses down from us....and he's always seen me using this thing doing whatever...during all seasons....but never ever asks to help or anything of course...so one day I'm down there snowplowing their gravel drive and he wants to try it.....I say naw....I'm 1/2 done anyhow and there's more to it than it really looks like ...blah blah blah.....he's gotta do it....so I give him the crash course which includes telling him 3 times not to get between the handles OR, lock it in reverse. ok he's going going...going up towards the house...gets between the handles...going... going...the right end of the blade hits the edge of the sidewalk, jerks the machine to the left....knocks Jack right on his keyster!!!!...well, it was more like a** over apple cart but who's really keepin track
!!!...and the thing is still going mind you....I really shoulda been right behind him but....so it's physically impossible for me to run that fast in all my winter wear before it goes right thru the picket fence into the backyard....gets to the swingset, the blade starts to ride up the pole.....flips to the left into the slide bending it at a right angle to where it should be before I finally reach it to flip the clutch lever!!!!! I killed the motor, meanwhile, Jack's wife is laughing her buns off, Jack is getting the snow out from between his face and his glasses...I'm trying not to join in the laughter (yet ) till I know he's ok, what a hoot !!!!! He had a bruise from where the handle whacked him he said...DUH !!!!
I sold it when we moved into the city with a posage stamp sized lot.
Sure would be nice to have now that I'm back where I belong !!