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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby Peter Person » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:49 pm

Trade someone the manifold/elbow as is for a manifold/vertical stack.
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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby radioguy41 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:54 pm

Now there's a thought. I'll post an adv in the Vine. Unfortunately I can't afford to wait too long as snow season is approaching and the Lo-Boy needs to be back together and running before then.
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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby radioguy41 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:20 am

Thanks to a couple of guys for trying but no one had a good vertical manifold to trade so this morning I converted this one to vertical. I'm finally at the put-it-back-together point, just waiting for one shipment to arrive. The alternator arrived and I did a rough fit. Looks like it'll work using the stock generator bracket but won't know for certain until the new belts arrive.

I tried my best to fit a pogo seat and mount but no-go. Even if I removed the spacers on the right fender the seat pan still did not clear it. Bummer, the "Deluxe" seat goes back on. :(
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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby radioguy41 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:15 pm

I really want to thank those folks that recommended the one-wire mini Denso #12180 alternator. I can't imagine an easier fit for the Cub. I used the stock generator mount drilled out to accept 3/8" threaded rod. The slotted adjustment bracket just required a bit of massaging with a 3lb hand sledge to straighten it out a bit (but not completely flat) and it lined right up. I did grind just a bit of metal off the bottom edge of the bracket where it touched the alternator. I probably could have skipped that but why take a chance.

I tightened the nuts in the following order.

Thread on the rear nut until it's flush with the end of the threaded rod.
Tighten the front nut to tighten the alternator.
Tighten the one directly under the alternator.
Tighten the 4th nut last.

I also used 2 flat washers between the alternator and the bracket to space it out to fine tune lining up the belt. Not real pretty but functional.

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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby Karl Bader » Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:44 pm

Can I ask why you chose to go 12v vs just keeping the 6?

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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby staninlowerAL » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:46 pm

Karl Bader wrote:Can I ask why you chose to go 12v vs just keeping the 6v?
:idea: :roll: That's a lot like asking "which is the best oil/filter to use" or "what type hydraulic oil/fluid to use in a TC". I don't think there is a "correct" answer other than "that's the way it came from the factory". Sometimes there is no answer other than it's a matter of personal preference determined by cost/parts on hand/condition of the tractor, etc. :surrender: :hattip: In radioguy's situation it might just further confuse someone who wants to try to figure out what is the year/model of his tractor!! Just my 2 cents worth. :lol:

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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby radioguy41 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:40 pm

This tractor is going to be a dedicated snowplow so I converted it to 12v in order to run some bright lights front, rear, and possibly on the side for night plowing.

Figuring out the year is a project unto itself. Kinda depends on what part you're pointing at. :D

I'm beginning to think it may have been put together from (at least) 2 different tractors. Everything down the middle is 1958 and was factory red. The hood and grille are 1963-64 and were originally yellow and white. One rear rim is silver and one is yellow under some brushed on silver. There are some other odds and ends that don't match but hey, it runs! :wink:
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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby Karl Bader » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:46 pm

radioguy41 wrote:This tractor is going to be a dedicated snowplow so I converted it to 12v in order to run some bright lights front, rear, and possibly on the side for night plowing.

Figuring out the year is a project unto itself. Kinda depends on what part you're pointing at. :D

I'm beginning to think it may have been put together from (at least) 2 different tractors. Everything down the middle is 1958 and was factory red. The hood and grille are 1963-64 and were originally yellow and white. One rear rim is silver and one is yellow under some brushed on silver. There are some other odds and ends that don't match but hey, it runs! :wink:


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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby radioguy41 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:03 pm

Frank N. Stein?
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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby radioguy41 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:17 pm

While the bottom cushion of the seat is in pretty good condition the same could not be said for the back support. The wood was so rotted pieces kept trickling out onto the floor all the while I was working on the tractor and most of the staples had let go so I decided to order up a replacement. Since this is going to be a workhorse and so much of it is unoriginal, to say the least, I opted for one Steiner sells. It's steel backed and held together with brass rivets.

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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby Karl Bader » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:05 am

radioguy41 wrote:While the bottom cushion of the seat is in pretty good condition the same could not be said for the back support. The wood was so rotted pieces kept trickling out onto the floor all the while I was working on the tractor and most of the staples had let go so I decided to order up a replacement. Since this is going to be a workhorse and so much of it is unoriginal, to say the least, I opted for one Steiner sells. It's steel backed and held together with brass rivets.

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Didn't realize you were only up the street from me in Lehighton. Let me know if you ever need a hand wrenching!

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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby radioguy41 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:24 pm

Thanks, I will keep it in mind. I get through Walnutport often. Was at the train meet just a couple of weeks ago. The wife manned the halfway point for the Veteran's Day 5K a while back that was run along the canal and also set up and run the Christmas bingo event at the senior facility along the canal.
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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby radioguy41 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:24 pm

You know that saying "Best laid plans..."? Well it snuck up and bit me in the backside today. After busting it for the past few weeks getting this Cub ready for the snow season and with a prediction of 1-4" for tomorrow I was at the point where I only needed to swap the 2 front tires and it was ready for a test run so I jacked up the right front, removed the wheel, and started dismounting the tire when I thought I saw something drip. I went over to check it out and anti-freeze was dripping off the bolster. Wonderful!

I ripped off the cobbled together front grille and found this:

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Amazingly it did not leak a drop up to this point, even after the 1.5 hr bouncy ride home on the trailer. So now I wait for the new radiator to arrive. Oh crap! :(
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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby indy61 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:56 pm

I can't tell from the pic if anything is wrong. Could just be overfill and normal accumulation. Don't overreact and buy a cheap radiator.

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Re: Bought a Lo-Boy

Postby Don McCombs » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:45 pm

Agree with indy61. If it is the radiator, try some radiator stop leak before you buy a new radiator. That will, at least, buy you some time.
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