Ok. I'm just about done with that cheap metal pressure plate I had installed new when I had the tractor rebuilt in 2010. The adjustment screws (flat screwdriver type) ears continued to break off making adjustments all but impossible.
Some of you were kind enough to suggest trying my old original IH pressure plate. Ok, I agreed. But where in the heck did I put it after moving? I knew I had seen it after the move, but in that little shed there is so much stuff it is hard to find much of anything.
This past weekend I was working on something else, (can't even remember what that was now!
), when I had to get something out of one of the tool drawers. The drawer I was trying to get open wouldn't open, and I kept stepping on something on the floor.
In frustration, I moved the creeper that I was stepping on, and found a couple of other things under it. Moved a couple of them, and there was a flat looking IH box. Yep, opened it and there was my old pressure plate.
I picked it out of the box, looked at the pressure plate facing, and it was smooth as the brand new one. Ah hah! Now we're talking.
I tried to press down on the springs, and no go. Plenty of spring pressure left in them. I removed one of the adjustment screws and took it to Lowes with me for sizing.
No, Lowes didn't have what I needed. But, here's the adjustment screw size: 5/16-24 x 3/4". Adjustment lock nut was I think .186 inches tall +/- according to my digital calipers.
Ordered Hex allen screws from McMaster-Carr in 1" lengths with the 5-24 threads along with grade 8 lock nuts. Test fit shows I'm on the track.
Why the extra 1/4 inch? Many of us have run into not having enough threads to get better adjustments. I figured an extra 1/4 inch would give me all I needed without hitting anything under there. So, I hope to get the Cub split soon and replace the pressure plate.
Dale Finch: Get with me if you haven't put your tractor together yet. This might be a reasonable upgrade to your Cub if it's still split.