Thanks Barnyard for the suggestion to use SeaFoam, it seems that all of you are believers in this magic stuff, and for the encouragement to go to Cecil's. I will give SeaFoam a try and will be tickled if it helps. Hopefully he (Cecil) knows that a whole lot of Cubbers are going to show up at his place with Cub's, plows and discs....
I agree with Eugene's thoughts, start out with the basic and go from there. Makes sense, even to me. I am going to look for the parts for the clutch, a neighbor of mine who works on tractors for a living told me after doing me the favor of looking inside Patty's clutch area that the clutch is worn unevenly. This is not shocking to me as we felt it in the peddle twelve years ago before my dad sold her. The first few years after being sold, she was been driven occasionally by children as toy and then parked away in a typical, dusty barn basement.
Rudi, I really appreciated your thoughts on the tractor affection side of things. It is very amazing to me that there is a whole lot of us out here. I guess without the Internet and forums like this we simply did not know that there were lots of others attached to their tractors as well.
My wife has been real supportive of it all, since she knew what the tractor meant to me and what a sore spot it had been over the year every time I thought of having lost Patty forever. So my wife has been very willing to put up with this expenditure even though it was not budgeted at this time. The family really enjoyed PA's Rough and Tumble. All the greasy, old, smoky machines and the mechanics or engineers as they are called that make them all run, is enough to thrill anyone. I am even more inclined to be impressed since it is beyond me how those old things work. I imagine many of those have names as well. At the same time, I kind of feel bad about what it is all going to cost us to get Patty back in shape. Spending this much money on something for myself is not somethign I usually do. I had to pay a fair amount for her. Now realizing what the parts cost, it is a wonder that anyone fixes up old tractors to try and sell them. I was talking with my wife about the things I am discovering that Patty needs, and said the obvious that even if we sold Patty, we could not get all the money back that we are going to invest in her. She said, "We are never going to sell Patty". My only thought was, "Amen" to borrow the expression. We just got home in November from giving the last five plus years in medical\humanitarian work with our church mission program in central America. Getting things going again in this economy has been a challenge. At the same time, it is simply a miracle that Patty was found and could be bought back by us. What if she would have been sold while we were gone? In the end we are very happy that it all has worked out so well. Patty is home to stay! Hopefully when my son who is now fourteen has children, they can enjoy her too. It will be great if we can get her running better without having to do the engine rebuild thing. It makes me almost faint, just thinking of ripping that motor apart. It’s kind of like the heart of Patty or something, plus all the bolts are likely rusted in place by now. Most of the motors I have taken apart in shop classes back in high school never ran right again.
The poor people that donated their lawnmowers hoping for a cheap repair were in for a real surprise.
Thanks Jim, it looks just like you mentioned in your post. From what I remember, there was a fair amount of air coming out, however, the part I don't know is what you all consider normal on an old tractor like this. The other thing I don't know about it, is what is normal as far as power. She is the only Cub I ever got to know well. My grandfather had a beautiful white and yellow one when I was little. We drooled over its shinny paint. He had a woods mower on the bottom and used it all around the farm. It is a shame it got sold by the family after he died. That one had more power I think than our cub. It may have been a seventies model.
When we checked the oil, it was rather low on the dipstick. About half way down in the low area. I believe it was still spitting out when it was that low. We are going to change the filter and oil to see what happens. It seemed that a lot of air was coming out and/or a blue type of vapor. So I don't know what that means...let’s hope the rings are just stuck. I don't think Patty has much more that 300 or 400 hrs. of use in her life time. What is the normal life between rebuilds on an engine like this? I know it is hard to say with the years that have passed by. Another question, how do I get the spark plugs out? They look like they have been in for about 20 yrs. and are very rusty in their sockets. The other thing I noticed in addition to the messed up electrical system, is a hole worn through one of the spark plug cables.
How much SeaFoam do I dump in the gas tank? Does it matter how much gas is in the tank? What about the crank case? Sorry for all the questions. I am going to get a bottle on Tuesday at NAPA if they have it. Likely it will say on the bottle, I just didn't know if you follow what it says for Farmall Cub's. Thanks so much in advance. Have a great Labor Day!
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