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xraycajun
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'53 Cub Rescue

Postby xraycajun » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:24 pm

Hello all, I present my great grandfather's 1953 Cub. The tractor was purchased new for working the small family farm. My dad performed an in-frame overhaul in 1981. I was in kindergarten at the time. The old tractor mowed 5 acres and hauled chords of wood for the next 22 years. By the way, our hot Louisiana mowing season lasts 8-9 months.... this one one tough, reliable tractor. It was parked in 2003 in favor of a small diesel New Holland. I'm finally established enough now to put some time into getting it running again. So here goes....

...Well... it appears my photo file is too large to attach... I'll have to work on that...

So anyway, here is where I stand today.

The tractor is degreased

I've pulled the plugs and oiled the cylinders.. the engine turns free with the crank.

The valve train looks relatively clean. The #2 exhaust valve is stuck open and is soaking in PB Blaster.

The comm on the starter is clean and shiny with no pitting. I think it will spin the engine over.

The bad news is the carb. The top half is severely warped. I can see light through the gap between the halves now that the gasket is out. Suggestions?

Next up is to clean and test the ignition system.

staninlowerAL
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Tractors Owned: Cubs: (3)'49's, (1)'52, (1)'57 IH Cub LoBoy w/FH, (1)'72 154 Number Series Loboy, '76 Longstripe w/FH, Mowers: C-22, Bush Hog 412, Pennington 59, Woods RM42CF, Woods 42, assorted FCub plows, planters, discs, etc. OTHERS: '49 AC B & Ind. Sickle mower, '61 AC D12 Ser 2, '52 8N, '56 Ferguson 35 Deluxe, '53 MM BG (offset), (2) '49 Avery V's, '56 JD 420C, with Blade and fire plow, '85 JD 850 (Yanmar) w/72" belly mower, '76 Yanmar 1500, Sears Surburban's, MTD's, Jeeps & other misc. "treasures"
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: AL (Southwest)

Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby staninlowerAL » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:34 pm

Warped top can probably be straightened, post on the Classified forum for wanted service, or you might do it yourself. Look for FUEL on the HOW TO forum for some ideas. Better yet, bring it to LA CUBFEST at Bogolusa, LA in February.

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Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby xraycajun » Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:59 pm

Thanks! I did'nt know there was a cub enthusiast meet down here! BTW, anyone know how to make the picture posting work?

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BIGHOSS
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Tractors Owned: 1947 Cub S/N 9216
w/ C-22 Mower

1974 Cub S/N 244814
w/59 Woods Mower

Ford 3000 Gas S/N C375091 w/Bushhog QT2345 Loader & 6' Squealer Bushhog

and a Palomino Mare named GIGI
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: TN, Lebanon

Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby BIGHOSS » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:32 pm

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give......Winston Churchill

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Tractors Owned: 1947 Cub S/N 9216
w/ C-22 Mower

1974 Cub S/N 244814
w/59 Woods Mower

Ford 3000 Gas S/N C375091 w/Bushhog QT2345 Loader & 6' Squealer Bushhog

and a Palomino Mare named GIGI
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: TN, Lebanon

Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby BIGHOSS » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:38 pm

I agree with Stan. Don't miss the LA Cubfest next March. Buddy and Hope Banks will make you feel at home. The food ain't bad either. You are only about 2 hours away. We drive around 8 hours from TN.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give......Winston Churchill

staninlowerAL
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Zip Code: 36558
Tractors Owned: Cubs: (3)'49's, (1)'52, (1)'57 IH Cub LoBoy w/FH, (1)'72 154 Number Series Loboy, '76 Longstripe w/FH, Mowers: C-22, Bush Hog 412, Pennington 59, Woods RM42CF, Woods 42, assorted FCub plows, planters, discs, etc. OTHERS: '49 AC B & Ind. Sickle mower, '61 AC D12 Ser 2, '52 8N, '56 Ferguson 35 Deluxe, '53 MM BG (offset), (2) '49 Avery V's, '56 JD 420C, with Blade and fire plow, '85 JD 850 (Yanmar) w/72" belly mower, '76 Yanmar 1500, Sears Surburban's, MTD's, Jeeps & other misc. "treasures"
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: AL (Southwest)

Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby staninlowerAL » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:02 pm

xraycajun wrote:Thanks! I did'nt know there was a cub enthusiast meet down here!
Check this out.
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=94992

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Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby xraycajun » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:31 pm

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This is where the cub has resided for the last 15 years.

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Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby xraycajun » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:51 pm

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After four cans of degreaser...

staninlowerAL
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Tractors Owned: Cubs: (3)'49's, (1)'52, (1)'57 IH Cub LoBoy w/FH, (1)'72 154 Number Series Loboy, '76 Longstripe w/FH, Mowers: C-22, Bush Hog 412, Pennington 59, Woods RM42CF, Woods 42, assorted FCub plows, planters, discs, etc. OTHERS: '49 AC B & Ind. Sickle mower, '61 AC D12 Ser 2, '52 8N, '56 Ferguson 35 Deluxe, '53 MM BG (offset), (2) '49 Avery V's, '56 JD 420C, with Blade and fire plow, '85 JD 850 (Yanmar) w/72" belly mower, '76 Yanmar 1500, Sears Surburban's, MTD's, Jeeps & other misc. "treasures"
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: AL (Southwest)

Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby staninlowerAL » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:26 pm

That's a mighty fine looking CUB and with the family connection, you'll enjoy it for many years to come. Hope to see you at Bogalusa next year.

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Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby Peter Person » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:36 pm

That is one interesting exhaust. Up out of the hood and then back down. Must have had clearance issues where the Cub was used at your Great Grandfathers place.
Nice family history too!
Welcome to the forum. Read up on the article "What to do with a Cub you just brought home" http://farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=91765

Peter
1957 Farmall Cub "Emory", Fast-Hitch, L-F194 Plow & Colter, L-38 Disc Harrow, Cub-54A Blade, Cub-22 Sickle Bar Mower, IH 100 Blade

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Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby Jackman » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:37 am

xraycajun , congrats on the family Cub the family connection makes it all the better 8)




Peter Person wrote:That is one interesting exhaust. Up out of the hood and then back down. Must have had clearance issues where the Cub was used at your Great Grandfathers place.
Nice family history too!
Welcome to the forum. Read up on the article "What to do with a Cub you just brought home" http://farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=91765

Peter


Could be a smoke get in your face thing , my 51 with stack cool look not so cool breathing in whiffs of exhaust , 57 Loboy underslung exhaust and fresh air :tractor:

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Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby T-Mo » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:11 am

Nice story, and looks like a nice project.

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Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby xraycajun » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:11 pm

That is one interesting exhaust. Up out of the hood and then back down. Must have had clearance issues where the Cub was used at your Great Grandfathers place.
Nice family history too!



That's right! The vertical exhaust kept catching limbs and could not fit under that shed. Dad turned it during the '81 overhaul.

My progress today:

Carb and all jets are cleaned.

I have a machinist working on that straightening jig (thanks guys)

The starter would not turn on a new battery this morning. I took it home to discovery a decent comm and alot of dirty contacts. I cleaned everything up and figured I might as well re-paint the thing before reassembly....
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Workbench is filling up fast...

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Might as well paint the starter can since its all apart and clean.

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Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby xraycajun » Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:08 pm

Hurricane/tropical storm Harvey is dumping plenty of rain on us this week. Not nearly as bad as our friends in Houston, but enough to make for a long, rainy week. I was able to use this surplus time to re-assemble the starter and mount it back on the tractor. The barn is pretty wet, so I'm unable to fool with the rest of the tractor. I did, however, decide to take the generator home and have a look...
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The starter is re-built, cleaned up and painted.
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The generator taken apart. It's in a little worse shape than the starter.
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I plan to replace brushes and bushings. Do you guys agree?

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Re: '53 Cub Rescue

Postby Glen » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:16 pm

Hi,
Nice to have a Cub that has been in the family for that long.
The brushes look good, they are not worn short, if they look good being there in person, they can be used more.
If the bushing seems snug when you put the armature into the rear of the generator, it is still good. Oil it before putting it together.
The commutator needs cleaning so it is shiny metal. Use some very fine sandpaper, 400 grit or finer. Use it by hand.

I would sand the paint off the surface of the starter that fits against the engine, the starter has to ground through that surface. Some of the guys on here have had trouble with the starter not working because paint was preventing the starter from grounding.
I would sand the engine surface and clean that too.
Also sand and clean all the battery cable ends, and where they attach too, and all the smaller wire ends that you can get to. They commonly get corroded and dirty.

I like to turn the bands on the starter and generator so the ends, and the screws, are at the bottom, then water won't run into them.
On the starter, you would need to take the band off, and turn it around 1/2 turn, so the screw head is facing towards you when the starter is on the engine.
That's how IH put them together. Here is a page from the 1955 Cub owner's manual showing them. :)

http://farmallcub.com/rudi_cub/www.clea ... e%2050.jpg

Hope you are safe from the storm.
Last edited by Glen on Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:03 pm, edited 3 times in total.


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