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I broke it in half... (pics added)

Postby Indy4570 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:16 pm

yup, fiddled with the front blade all day, made a spacer for the axle mount, cut some threaded rod I had, made a pipe bushing for the pivot hole, (48 style blade and mounts). just got it going up n down, went out n moved a lil gravel in the drive, skimmed it, went out back n was pushing some rocks up off the spot back there. Hit an iceberg rock. old welds on the bolster let go and she puked all her antifreeze on the ground n ripped her fan belt in half n spread a bit too wide in front of the engine. I don't think I am gonna fix the old gal, she has a 53 engine in it and now the front of that is broken, it was broken before, it had a weld up there. I haven't really looked at the full amount of the damage but I don't see me fixin it, parts is parts. others are out here that might need fixin and be worth it more than this old gal. Kinda sad. I was gonna sent her up with a woods42 I got comin next week. Kinda wish I had never seen that front blade now. puts a bit of a damper on my cub enthusiasm. :(

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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby Stanton » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:51 pm

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Sorry to read this. Try not to get discouraged. Keep your eyes open, there are Cubs around for sale.
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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby jsfarmall » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:12 pm

Well......if just the bolster it's worth fixing. But sounding like the engine broke badly. One thing to keep in mind these little cubs are not bull dozers. Can keep her for parts and possibly project later on. Can pick up another cub 1k or so and your repairs will cost 400 ish for good running engine and from bolster 150 ish. Or can buy one with tranny issues cheap and swap it all.

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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby Eugene » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:16 pm

Sad to hear about your breakdown.

You might consider getting a bolster, radiator, and other needed parts. That would be less expensive than purchasing a work ready Cub.

Years ago my brother was using Dad's 77 Oliver with loader. Tractor broke in what would be the torque tube on a Cub. Chained the 2 halves of the tractor to the loader and towed back to the shop for repair.

Edit: Read your recent post. Considering that you will also need an engine, part out the tractor.
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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby Indy4570 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:26 pm

bolster is definitely toast, block may be toast, it didn't lose any oil, it will run, I have little doubt of that. but if the block is broken and it for sure is, I see it as parts, radiator is OK I think.
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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby ricky racer » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:54 pm

This won't help pushing gravel but I always worried about damage while pushing snow.
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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby Indy4570 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:26 pm

I was pushing small rocks I had piled up sorta with a york rake, on the surface, it hit an iceberg rock, lil bit above ground, BIG hunk below ground. even that would not have caused it, it was caused by being broken before and welded. the welds didn't hold, it gave at the weakest points. the former welds. if it hadn't broken this way i believe it would have broken sooner or later. nothing that wasnt broken before broke.
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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby Waif » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:37 pm

Oooh boy it is broke...rebroke.

If the block is intact ,it might be salvageable.
Replacing a bolster might be worth having a runner vs parts.
I don't know how my tractors torque tube was fractured around it's midspan before I acquired it, but Cubs get put up against things beyond their limits of design sometimes. Like other equipment does too. Man makes it ,man can break it.

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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby Indy4570 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:23 pm

the block is busted
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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby Waif » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:37 pm

Indy4570 wrote:the block is busted

About hearing taps played then...

Up to you.

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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby Indy4570 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:00 pm

I don't weld steel that well, welding cast is out of my ability zone, another engine and a bolster perhaps, other than that, shes parts. I have the 55, so maybe the 55 will get duals :P
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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby CSA_CUB » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:08 am

So sorry to hear another good ne bites the dust.
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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby Urbish » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:48 am

An unrestored Cub in parts is worth much more than a complete tractor so long as you're willing to put in some time parting it out. If you want to keep playing with Cubs, I would recommend finding a buying a decent runner, then sell any parts that you won't need for the runner. You may be able to break even or make a few bucks in the end. But it all comes down to how much time you have and how much effort you can put into it.

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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby willys55 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:08 am

can you post pictures? I know a guy with tons of parts
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Re: I broke it in half...

Postby Matt Kirsch » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:20 am

Sounds to me you started out with the deck stacked against you on that tractor. Broke and welded/brazed is never as strong as original.

Luckily there are plenty of fish in the sea, so to speak.


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