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Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby TiberiusCub » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:04 am

Good morning all,
My wife and I are the proud owners of not one, but two cubs. Based on the serial #'s, 155309 & 188544, they are a 52 and 55. The 52 is in better shape and ran pretty recently (according to the seller). He was not sure when the 55 ran last. Our plans are to get the 52 up and running well and then work on the 55. We have to wait until next month before we can start the work (moving to a new place with 5 acres). We are very excited to start working on them and hope to involve our teenage daughter in the work. I am sure I will have a million questions as we go along and I have already started reading what to do when you first get them home. BTW, they both come with a 59" mower and the 55 has a front plow. That will all come in handy on the 5 acres.

Thank you in advance. This site is a wonderful resource and I hope will save me lots of time and hopefully some $ as well.

Hopefully the pics will upload properly.

TC
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Re: Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby Shane Nelson » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:21 am

Congrats on your 2 new purchases and welcome to the site! Ask away with the questions, someone will know the answer(s).
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Re: Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby Pompiere » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:26 am

Welcome to the asylum. Cubs are pretty simple to work on, so as long as you have all the major pieces, you should have them running pretty quick. There are plenty of people here to help, and there may be some in your neighborhood too.

My daughters never showed much interest in tractors, but recently one of them took the little boy that she babysits for to a tractor dealer to see all the machinery. She said she was glad she had absorbed some of the stuff her brother and I had talked about over the years so she could tell him what the different things were.

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Re: Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby TiberiusCub » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:56 am

Thanks, I am really looking forward to the work. Should keep me busy for...as long as I want it to :). My wife and I had a ford jubilee with a finish mower around 15 years ago. I worked on it as needed. This will be the first time we are attempting anything on this magnitude, but it should be a ton of fun, mixed in with a lot of frustration to boot. I am going to start reading the manual (since this is my second post, I should be able to access it)

I am hoping I can find someone around my neck of the woods to help out, if and as needed.

Looking forward to the learning experience.

TC

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Re: Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:05 am

There is a cubfest in South central VA , usually in May. You might make plans to attend.

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Re: Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby TiberiusCub » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:19 am

Thanks Don. I will keep that in mind. Should be a great way to learn all about them.

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Re: Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:26 am

Welcome to the Forum. Let us know if we can be of any help.
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Re: Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby Glen » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:18 pm

Hi,
Welcome to the website.

Below is the owner's manual for the 1955 Cub, the experts on here recommend that people read it. It has much info about operation, maintenance, and lubrication. It has pics of how they originally were also.

http://farmallcub.com/rudi_cub/www.clea ... index.html

Something I see in the pics is that the man put the 1955 grille on the 1952 Cub, it looks like in the pics.
A 1952 Cub had a screen grille.
IH changed the styles of the hood and grille in late 1954, it shows it in the owner's manual above how the 1955 Cub looked.
Here is a page from the Cub parts manual showing how they looked, and the serial numbers when they were made.

http://www.farmallcub.info/manuals/cub_ ... 000-11.jpg

Here is a new one at TM Tractor that you can look at, if you don't have the screen grille.

http://www.tmtractor.com/new/tg/864fp.htm

IH changed the electrical systems through the years, both of yours were originally 6 volt, positive ground systems. They would have been the same, they are shown in the 1955 owner's manual. :)

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Re: Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby T-Mo » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:00 am

Congratulations on your two new Cubs. Having two tractors will make things easier, you won't have to move implements as much. Rule of tractor ownership is this: A tractor for every implement/attachment.

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Re: Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby Stanton » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:04 am

Congratulations and welcome to the MCC (Multiple Cub Club). :D

Getting the first one up and running will also aid you in working on the second.
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Re: Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby TiberiusCub » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:20 am

Glen,
Thank you for the post. I was wondering if the grills were switched. I read the 52 manual yesterday. I will read the 55 today. I am pretty sure they were both switched to 12V (they don't currently have batteries, but the previous owner said the batteries were 12 volt)

T-Mo,
That is my wife's idea. Have one for mowing and one for snow plowing. Sounds like a great plan to me.

Stanton,
Thanks! I am trying to figure out if I want to solely focus on one or do the basic stuff to both and then focus on the individual issues of the tractors. I was told the 55 is going to need brakes, for example. However, I could do all of the "stuff to do on your cub when you first bring it home" on both of them and see what happens with them. Thoughts?

All,
General question, I noticed the 52 had some rust in the gas tank (bone dry). I am going to clean it out when I get them to the new casa. I figure I will just got ahead and do both tanks to save time later. I did some research on here IRT cleaning the tank. Lots of people recommending acid. I am not too keen on that idea. I read about using vinegar to remove the rust and then rinsing properly. A couple of questions on that. First, has anyone done it and if so, how did it do? Second, did it remove the coating on the inside? I appreciate all the help. I am really looking forward to diving into these two adventures. I am putting together a list of all of the materials I will need, so I am ready when they are delivered (i.e. Oil filter, oil, trans oil, points, etc)

Thanks,
TC

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Re: Introduction - 52 and 55 Cub

Postby staninlowerAL » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:03 am

There are several ways to clean the gas tank as you have discovered. Another option is if it is not too bad, install a filter inside the tank. Check the HOW TO forum for ideas. After cleaning, flash rust can be a problem unless you install a coating in the tank.
My suggestion is take it one at the time. I have a problem with getting overwhelmed with large projects whereas if I focus on smaller individual projects I seem to get more done. Not knowing anything about the history of the tractors but looking at the pictures, you've got a lot of work to do. Unless you have a lot of time to dedicate to this you will probably be better off focusing on one at a time. JMHO.


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