Excellent piece of advice. Sometimes we forget that and it can lead to a very long process of getting back to a running state. and I don't even have a Cub with a distributor system, mine are all magneto based.
Thank you for the kind remarks and compliments gentlemen.
As I skim over the Farmall Cub postings, it is evident the vast majority of frequent posters posess a tremendous knowledge base of cub tractors and have a multitude of mechanical and fabrication skills.
For the benefit of the many people still continuing their education, let it be known, many mistakes were made and many tasks were accomplished by trail and error by everyone on the forum, even the most seasoned vet.
Be thankful for the internet and this forum... Lord knows how many cub front engine cases have been saved because word travels fast when someone breaks off the ears and is able to warn someone new to the forum about the danger of twisting on the wrong nut before they make the same mistake.
I learned about the second grease plug on the IH distributor base housing here on the forum. I found the one on the distributor myself and was shocked I missed the second one, I had to run outside and see if it was actually there! It was... Covered with grease and farm dust like Bondo but it was there!
The most frustrating thing about mechanical work I have encountered my entire life is a simple breakdown that went real bad, real fast when the owner jumped from here to there without using any method of troubleshooting, then brought the unit in along with a basket of parts.
The practice of swapping out parts, turning screws and knobs actually make things incredibly hard for service techs to troubleshoot once the owner gives up.
For me it was a challenge... for the owner, nothing but pure frustration, and a repair bill along with the list of unnecessary parts the owner previously purchased.
Some forum readers posess skills when used in the proper sequence will be more than adequate to solve and fix their problem.
I'm positive the telephone guy would have gotten to the bottom of my electrical feed problem just as fast as I did by being systematic at troubleshooting. He needn't be a carb guy, engine or transmission specialist to skillfully track down an open circuit due to his years of electrical and circuitry experience gained on the job.
But the same guy going in blind with no method to his madness could easily be tempted to first mess with the carb because he perceived a fuel starvation problem and never will find the electrical problem.
Systematic troubleshooting is mandatory and second nature to skilled technicians so it is double mandatory to people who may not be well versed in any one section of the repair manual.
As I previously mentioned, go back to the last thing you messed with if you have a problem. Limit that last thing to the ONLY thing you messed with prior to a function check.
Practice this: When doing a tune up, exchange only one component at a time before you start the unit to determine if in fact it does start and does run at least the same if not better than before you removed and replaced that part.
Change your plugs, start it. Change the plug wires, start it. Change the cap, start it. Move to the points... Check your work every step of the way to insure plugs are gapped properly, plug wires on the right plugs etc, etc, etc.
Avoid at all costs rebuilding a carburator and a complete tune up at the same time without starting the unit up between steps to verify the carb was done right or the tune was spot on.
Make a habit out of making things easier for yourself by limiting what can go wrong to just one thing... And go right back to that one thing if you experience failure.