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Rare?

Postby DZG » Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:44 am

I was talking to an older guy up at napa the other day, he claims hes been around tons of IH tractors, he told me that my 48 is "special" because it has electric start and hydros, he claimed those wernt popular (at all) untill 50 or 51, not that its a huge deal, but were those rare on the early cubs?

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Re: Rare?

Postby Barnyard » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:10 am

Nothing really special about it. Most of my 48's have hydraulics and electric. I have one non electric.
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Re: Rare?

Postby DZG » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:27 am

Im glad it does have electric start, ive heard bad stories of guys crank startin stuff

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Re: Rare?

Postby Smokeycub » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:29 am

I have a 48 with hydraulics as well. According to the "Cub Registry" there are over 50 1948 F Cubs with hydraulics listed there (and that's just from members of this forum). So I don't think it's particularly rare.
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Re: Rare?

Postby gitractorman » Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:12 am

It would actually be more "rare" to see one without electric start and hydraulics. When they were first offered in 1947, the cost to add those options was almost nothing, maybe $10 or $20 when the tractor was ordered, so most dealers just went ahead and only ordered them with those options.
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Re: Rare?

Postby Barnyard » Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:56 am

About e only thing rare about a 48 would be one with this dash on it. There were only about 1,500 of these produced.

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Re: Rare?

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:01 am

I have a 48 that came without hydraulics which I used that way till I started having arthritis problems a few years ago, and added them then. So far as I know it came with electric start though.
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Re: Rare?

Postby WaMoo » Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:23 pm

DZG wrote:I was talking to an older guy up at napa the other day, he claims hes been around tons of IH tractors, he told me that my 48 is "special" because it has electric start and hydros, he claimed those wernt popular (at all) untill 50 or 51, not that its a huge deal, but were those rare on the early cubs?


Maybe it's all relative? Farmall Cubs of any sort are rare here in Eastern Washington state, if you compare it to somewhere on the east coast. Maybe that's the way it was in MI? :D
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Re: Rare?

Postby Trent M » Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:12 pm

DZG wrote:Im glad it does have electric start, ive heard bad stories of guys crank startin stuff


I hand start my Cubs quite a bit, if I have a dead battery or just for fun. I refuse, however, to hand crank a tractor that I did not personally set the timing on. A well tuned and timed Cub will start easily and safely by hand cranking it.
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