Today I plowed snow with my first CUB ever. It's an early 1957 with Fast Hitch. I actually bought this CUB in May, but wasn't able to pick it up until mid August. I'm in Ohio and it was in Pennsylvania. It came with five implements: 194 plow, C-22 Sickle bar, 144 cultivators, L-38F disc harrow, and a Fast Hitch Spring Harrow. It was a 4 1/2 hour drive home.
After I got it home I cleaned it up, drove it around some and showed a tractor friend my new toy. When I ran it wide open I realized that there was a knocking sound coming from the engine, but it was hard to tell exactly what I was hearing. Fearing that my new CUB could have a serious engine issue , (it did have great oil pressure, but smoked some), I hauled it to my nearest Farmall expert which happened to be the next county over. That was in mid September. He also farmed, so I was very patient; reading the Farmall Cub forum for the next four months !
The news wasn't good; the engine had been overhauled in the past, but the parts were not thoroughly cleaned; AND they had put the main bearing in backwards which scored the crankshaft. The piston rings were oversized, etc. So what to do,give up, or bite the bullet and go for a complete engine restoration (block dipped, head planned, new valves, new pistons, everything.) So, that is what I did.
I got it back yesterday, spent the evening wrestling with my 54 plow and finished putting it on at lunch today. Just in time to plow 5" of snow !!! Did I have fun ??? YES !
Oh; while I was waiting for the CUB's return I spent many evenings looking at Craig's list; and now the CUB has twelve implements to display and use.