Bitten by the Red Bug

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Bitten by the Red Bug

Postby Cakeshaker76 » Thu Feb 17, 2022 12:53 am

People have many vices and addictions in life, my new one is now Red Power. I’m in the middle of restoring my late father in-laws 1940 H. I have an opportunity to purchase a 1954 cub this weekend. I am open to any advice, knowledge from the many owners of Old Iron.

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Re: Bitten by the Red Bug

Postby Dale Finch » Thu Feb 17, 2022 8:41 am

WELCOME! :hattip:
There are a couple posts regarding the cub purchase...

What to look for when buying a cub:

What to do with a cub you just brought home:

Be forwarned...these little guys are addictive, with no known cure!! :lol:
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Re: Bitten by the Red Bug

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Thu Feb 17, 2022 9:11 am

Welcome to the forum.
1975 cub (LouAnn) serial # 245946, 1941 John Deere Model H

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and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. Will Rogers

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Re: Bitten by the Red Bug

Postby Bob McCarty » Thu Feb 17, 2022 9:58 am

Welcome to the forum. Let us know if we can be of any help.
"We don't need to think more,
we need to think differently."
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I could not say tractor when I was 2 years old so I called it Err Err.

I loved this tractor then and I still love it now.
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Re: Bitten by the Red Bug

Postby Pap » Thu Feb 17, 2022 9:58 am

Welcome to the forum Bitten.
Good luck with your project and Enjoy Your Ride.
Are We Having Fun Yet ? :D
'47 cub ( Err Err )

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Re: Bitten by the Red Bug

Postby Stanton » Thu Feb 17, 2022 10:45 am

Welcome to the Forum! Dale (above) has already put you onto a couple links that should prove handy when looking to buy a Cub. You can thank her later...

Take some time and read through a few threads to acquaint yourself with the Forum:

You only have one post, so after you’ve logged your 2nd post on the Forum, you'll have access to the all the PDF Manuals on this site. There’s a few ways to do that:
  • From a desktop or laptop, go to "Quick Links" in the upper left corner of your screen. Hit that and a pull-down appears where you'll find "PDF Manuals".
  • You can also go to “Cub Info” in the upper toolbar, then hit “Rudi’s Manuals”. From there, you can access a variety of information.
  • If you're using a phone, go to the "Links Directory" (second category down the main page). Once in "Links Directory" , scroll down to the second section "Tractor Parts & Manuals" and you'll find them there.

You'll be able to download an Owner's Manual (very strongly recommended) and any service manuals that interest you. Implement Manuals are also available. The Owner's Manual may help as reading material to educate yourself before you pull the trigger on a Cub.

Once you do buy a Cub, there are a lot of good threads dealing with repair and maintenance in the How To Forum. Located here:

We’d encourage you to take the Safety Test located in the Safety Forum:

There should be a serial number plate, located on the front, right side of the Cub tractor where the steering rod connects to the front end. That number may be entered in the "What Year is My Cub?" category located here: Ignore the "1800" number; that's the max RPM. It's the other number you're looking for.

There are also casting dates on your cast iron pieces that you may cross reference here:

  • Pictures are limited to 500 KB file size. Use an image reducer app or program to downsize pics.
  • When you have a specific question, start a new thread in the appropriate sub-forum.
  • Before posting, use the Preview button before hitting Submit--it'll show you exactly what your post will look like, including pictures.
  • When adding your comments to a thread, be sure to look at the date of the last poster. If it’s more than a 6 months old, the posters are probably not going to see it. Consider starting a new thread.

Take some pictures of your Farmall H and post them, we’d like to see it. Glad you joined us.

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Re: Bitten by the Red Bug

Postby Tired_Iron » Thu Feb 17, 2022 1:48 pm

Welcome to the Forum! Good luck with your project!
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Re: Bitten by the Red Bug

Postby Glen » Fri Feb 18, 2022 7:10 pm

IH changed the hood and grille style of the Cub during 1954, at Cub serial number 185001.
So it could have either style, depending on when it was made.
IH also made the Fast Hitch, and under axle exhaust available for the Cub at 185001.

Below is a page from the Cub parts manual showing both styles, and the serial numbers when they were made. :) ... 000-11.jpg

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