George and all who have one or both of these blades:
It seems that the blades that Gord and I have are the Cub-54 Leveling and Grader Blade 1949 to 1952 version
I have the complete blade except for the one rod which I can fabricate quite easily if I can get the measurements. The part that I need is the Front Lifting Rod - part # 650 136 R2
, and the Rear Lifting Rod - part # 650 135 R1
. I need the overall length, and the length of the bent portions. They appear to be straight 90 degree bends, so if someone would be good enough to mark up the part illustrated on Page 13 of the McCormick Deering Leveling and Grader Blade and send it to me, I would be very very grateful! I am assuming that these parts are identical to the 1949 to 1952 version, I hope
Also, in my desire to get what I wanted, I had the lifting arm assembly for the Cub-54 Leveling and Grader Blade 1953 and since version
fabricated, as well as the spacer blocks etc.
Obviously, I still have a few parts to make if I want to convert it entirely to the later model. However, I have a feeling that with the parts I have already had fabricated, including the substitute draw bar, that I might be able to get the best of both worlds so to speak.
Question 1 is: Can I use the lifting bar pictured below (angle iron with another piece of angle iron welded to it that is hooked to the front lifting rod, then to the tool bar rod and then to the front lifting bars) along with the lifting arm assemble from the 1953 and since version
Question 2 is. What are the major differences between the pre 53 and the post 53? Is the performance similar? I do understand that the lifting arm assembly has been beefed up a lot, and I am hoping to use this.
If I cannot use the parts I have, then I will need to have a few extra parts made (hope not). I want to be able to have both these blades up and operational ASAP as the snow is due pretty soon!