new cub

Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:23 pm

:help: :help:
Hi all I have just bought a 1955 french farmall cub and not sure when it last ran so could any point me in a direction on where to start to get it started?

Re: new cub

Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:42 pm

Hi New Cub,
A big Irish welcome to the best and most helpful tractor forum on the planet :{_}: :{_}:
In the next few hours you will receive advice from the very helpful experts on cubs.
Enjoy your cub and keep us posted on your progress,
Donegal Cub.

Re: new cub

Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:58 pm

Welcome to the forum. Basic checks to try starting:
1. Check all the engine and cooling fluid levels, check for any evidence of water in oil sump.
2. Check fuel level and ensure flow to the carb by removing the plug in the carb bowl and allow about 6 or 8 oz. to fill a container, should be a steady stream about 1/8 in. If no flow or slow flow determine and correct the cause.
3. Prime the oil pump at the oil discharge hole inside the filter housing. Fill it several times and turn engine with a hand crank if possible.
4. Determine that you have a spark at the plug wire connections to the spark plugs. If not, determine and correct the cause.
5. Turn on the fuel valve, apply choke, engage starter and hope for success. Good Luck

Re: new cub

Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:04 pm

Welcome! You should be getting a bunch of good folks with good advice coming on soon. Meanwhile, start strolling through all the great reference information that is here. I keep finding stuff that I didn't know was available, every time I go back to the Board Index. Click on all those links above (PDF Manuals, FAQ, Cub Book of knowledge, etc) for almost anything you might need. And if you cannot find it, just ask! I know it makes me feel good to realize that I HAVE actually learned a few things since I bought my first (of 3!!) Cubs, so ask away!

Where are you located? If you are in the US, check out the Cubfests around the country ( They offer the opportunity to meet many forum members, learn a lot and maybe even get work done on your own tractor.

Good luck with your "new" tractor...fresh fuel, oil, and do a search on priming the oil pump, if it has been sitting for a while.

Re: new cub

Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:12 pm

Compression tests, dry then wet, first thing. It's not uncommon to have a stuck valve or valves if the tractor has been sitting for some time.

Re: new cub

Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:16 am

Thanks lads I'm expecting to pick the cub up in the next week or so, I don't want to try start it till I have spoke to you lads and got some addvice, I was going po put some atf diesel mix in on top off pistons and let it soak for a while, how much and what type of engine oil should I use as the dip stick is missing but the cap is their,
I'm from county Wicklow Ireland

Re: new cub

Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:03 am

US manufactured Cub's crankcase holds 3 US quarts of engine oil. French manufactured Cubs, I don't know.

Operator's Manual states SAE-30 weight above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. I use 20W-50 year around. Most folks use the same engine oil that they use in their cars and trucks.

The dip stick portion is probably in the crankcase - and you need a dip stick. Post in "The Vine", for sale wanted, section of this site for a dip stick. Several folks part out Cubs, so the dipstick with cap should be readily available.

Edit: You could make a dip stick. The dip stick is fastened to the inside top of the cap. Use a thin flat steel bar. Bend an U shape in the bar so that it's long portion is centered with the cap. Bolt or fasten to cap. Empty crank case. Add 1 US quart or liter. File a mark on the bar at that oil level. 2 quarts, same process. 3 quarts, same process.

Re: new cub

Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:24 am

Hi Wicklow, New Cub PM sent
Bernard Donegal Cub.

Re: new cub

Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:23 am

If you haven't checked out Clem's thread on "What to do with a Cub you first brought home," then check it out here: viewtopic.php?f=145&t=16305

A big Missouri welcome to the forum and congratulations on getting your first Cub (note, I said first!) Please post some pictures of your Cub when you can, we'd like to see it.

Donegal Cub wrote:Hi Wicklow, New Cub PM sent
Bernard Donegal Cub.

Sounds like a mini-IRISH Cubfest may well be in the works! :coffee:

Re: new cub

Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:46 am

Stanton wrote: (note, I said first!):

There is truth in that.... My mother-in-law was visiting the past week, and my wife wanted to take her to Branson. So Friday we headed that way. I caught myself many times looking through junk filled yards for any signs of a forgotten cub. These things are like a crack addiction. :lol:

Welcome to the forum new-cub.

Re: new cub

Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:28 pm

New Cub, County Wicklow,
Last fall I visited with Donegal Cub in County Donegal. I have pictures of his French Cub. Her name is Ardee, and she is a treasure. I pulled the starter switch and she hummed to life with a sweet sound. My advice, make the short trip over to see him and to hear Ardee run. She is a show queen. He transports her with a diesel Toyota Corolla and his trailer. One gracious Irishman he is !
Welcome to the site. These guys can help you with all of your questions.

Re: new cub

Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:50 pm

HI all thank you all for your help, Wagon19 I spoke to Donegal Cub on Wednesday evening and had a great ould chat and I'm sure I will be speaking to him plenty more thanks for your suggestion

Re: new cub, crank handle

Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:14 pm

would any one be able to give me the measurement's of crank handle for a 55 cub please

Re: new cub

Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:03 pm

NEW CUB: sent you a pm and email reply to your pm. StaninlowerAL