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Dale Finch
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Location: NC, Chapel Hill

Re: NEW '56 CUB PROJECT

Postby Dale Finch » Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:46 pm

No, I didn't look at that one. This one just "called out to me"!! :D

Sending a PM

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Dale Finch
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Zip Code: 27517
Tractors Owned: '55 Cub "Bertha"
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Location: NC, Chapel Hill

Re: NEW '56 CUB PROJECT

Postby Dale Finch » Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:48 pm

Returned from 2016 DSCF, and had a fantastically successful time!! :D
Here are just a few things that were accomplished with the help of some fine folks!

My first goal was to just get it running...but (THANKFULLY!) BR talked me into going ahead and converting to 12v!!
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And with the "gang's" Team Troubleshooting approach, success!
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Next was soldering in the new radiator overflow tube (from TM Tractors, sight sponsor):
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Then removing one and drilling out 2 dogleg screws, then tapping them:
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Meanwhile, when there was room, I adjusted the valves, replaced the valve cover gasket, and installed the air cleaner tube with new hose and clamps:
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(unable to turn it, sorry!)
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Other tasks completed:
1. Compression check 120psi on all four cylinders!! :D
2. Drained and replaced Transmission and Steering Gear Oil
3. Oiled the fan
4. Installed the seat
5. Flushed the gunk out of the radiator
6. Lubricated grease fittings
7. Removed (and sold) the front cultivators

All in all, one SUPER Cubfest, because when we weren't working on the Cub (or shooting the breeze) we were stuffing our mouths with good food! :{_}: I will miss that as I continue on with this project!
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Dale Finch
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Tractors Owned: '55 Cub "Bertha"
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'56 Cub "Boris"
'48 Super A "Bubba"
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: NC, Chapel Hill

Re: NEW '56 CUB PROJECT

Postby Dale Finch » Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:58 pm

After detouring to pick up an "Express" Cub in near Atlanta, then delivering it to Nashville, NC, I finally have nestled 'Bob' into his home for the time being until I finish various tasks.
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The only other thing I have done is flush the radiator once again. (Need to replace the drain plug.)
Next up, remove the two finals, replace seals and fix the almost non-existent brakes. After that, general cleaning and spot primer to prevent rust. He will stay that way until I have used him this next spring/summer, then I will consider paint.

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'56 Cub "Boris"
'48 Super A "Bubba"
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Location: NC, Chapel Hill

Re: NEW '56 CUB PROJECT

Postby Dale Finch » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:29 pm

Actually starting to put parts back on!! But, to catch you up on what's been done:

1. Installed the chafe guard down by the clutch pedal and the clip on the instrument panel for the battery cable.

2. Had a new tire mounted on the new rim to be swapped out with the old one once the final is reinstalled.

3. Removed the Fasthitch, so I could work on the finals...and SELL the FASTHITCH!!

4. Removed the left final and axle extension. Replaced all seals, including the differential seal and retainer seal o-ring. Cleaned everything up and am almost ready to reinstall. Thanks to TM Tractors for some great parts, like the Rear Axle Oil Seal with Retainer. The old retainer had been badly damaged and the seal fell apart after axle removal. The seal in this retainer is staked in, and although I have removed seals and replaced them, this retainer was far too gone!! I decided it is MUCH easier just to replace the whole thing, anyway.
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5. Repaired the throttle quadrant, per a How To here...this is my third one, and it works great!

6. Replaced the broken brake band with a new one and cleaned up the drum and setscrew/nut. Old band had "migrated" so that it was only half on the drum.
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7. Cleaned up axle extension, batter box and platform where the battery box would be installed, making sure I had a good ground. Installed a web-type ground strap on the bottom box bolt as done by Bigdog in a How To. Looks good. Note: the new battery box from the PO had a large cutout where the cable was supposed to bolt for the ground...I like this attachment better anyway!
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8. Installed 3 new pedal springs. (Photo auto-rotated to upside down, but the one on the right left is new, the one on the left right was probably from a hardware store...looked new and correct length, but wrong spring strength...barely held the peddle up!)
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9. Chased all bolt holes for easy installation of final.

10. Cleaned bearings, coated with gear oil and bagged them for reassembly.

11. Polished with a grinding pad all gasket surfaces.
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12. Next week, everything on the right side should be back together!!! :D

Next up, left side!

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Re: NEW '56 CUB PROJECT

Postby Dale Finch » Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:44 am

A few more photos finishing up the right final (sorry about the sideways views...can't figure out how to override the auto-rotation of the photo to horizontal!):

Pressing on the axle bearing with a new retainer with seal (from TM Tractor), using a bearing splitter. (FINALLY bought my own set so I didn't have to borrow one...use it all the time!)
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Installing the o-ring seal (on the right side only, since it has the drive gear mounting and a retainer with a seal...no cap). It was tricky for me getting it down into the groove!
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Final completely assembled with brake drum SECURELY held in place (hopefully!!) with set screw and locking nut, along with new brake band. Ready for some primer.
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Since I am working alone, the engine hoist is, indeed, my best friend!! It makes lining up the axle, to insert through the new differential seal, very controlled & easy, as well as aligning the 2 dowel pins and brake pin in the housings.
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Here you can see the brake pin just entering the bushed hole. I used some long older bolts to guide the final as I pushed it into place. I had to turn the axle slightly to get the gears in the differential to line up with the splines on the axle, but it only took a slight nudge. I then secured the final with the two lower bolts, and one temporary upper bolt, until I finish cleaning up the fender for the completion of the right side. :-D
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In case you are wondering about the primer color...I chose to use Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer because of the dark color. I have not decided what color this tractor will be, so it may be in primer for a while. I wanted a rather uniform temporary color, and this was easier on my eyes than gray. This is my 4th cub, and I am feeling a bit whimsical when it comes to color choice...??? :big smile:
But I PROMISE it won't be green!!

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Re: NEW '56 CUB PROJECT

Postby drewg » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:34 pm

I have a 1956 Cub that I am about to start restoring myself. I am going to follow this. I love the pics. Keep it up.
Drew

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Re: NEW '56 CUB PROJECT

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:04 pm

The owner of the shop where I do the cub work shamed me into painting the parts I had redone red. So I guess my whimsical moment is gone!!

I finished up the right final (including the red paint job!), and began the rebuild/brake repair on the left final:
1. Chocked it
2. Put it in gear
3. Wedged the front axle
4. Using a hoist with a strap through the left rim, I raised the left side high enough for the tire to be off the floor, and put a jackstand under the transmission pad
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5. Removed the left tire/rim/center/weight assembly and set it aside
6. Disconnected the brake control rod
7. Removed the 6 bolts holding the final and fender on. (the 2 lower bolts were only slightly more than finger tight!! :shock: ) Lifted away the final.
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I must say, it is absolutely amazing just what you can find in such a small space such as the one between the final and differential!!
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8. The good news when I checked the brake was that the band was still correctly positioned on the drum...the bad news was that the lining was shot!! Also, everything was drowning in goo!!
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9. I almost finished cleaning up the years of packed on gunk before I ran out of time. Next week...then the disassembly of the final with replacement of the seals.
TGIF!! :beer: :D

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Re: NEW '56 CUB PROJECT

Postby Tezell » Sat Apr 02, 2016 3:46 am

Nice job Dale!
"I ain't believing this!"

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Dale Finch
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Tractors Owned: '55 Cub "Bertha"
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'48 Super A "Bubba"
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: NC, Chapel Hill

Re: NEW '56 CUB PROJECT

Postby Dale Finch » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:38 am

Thanks! I must admit that sharing our projects with others with a similar interest is almost a necessity for these restoration projects. :big smile: Only our forum friends can truly appreciate the efforts (and $$$!) expended on our cubs!

When I start going into details of my day's work with my sisters and friends, and open up the photo file of hundreds of pictures of a "silly little red tractor", their eyes begin to glaze over!!!
:big smirk:

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Re: NEW '56 CUB PROJECT

Postby Mr E » Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:02 am

Tezell wrote:Nice job Dale!


Love the documentation, Dale.

Gee, Tim, what are you doing up at that hour??!! :tractor:
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