Inherited 1949 Cub. Got a broken L-R Shifting Fork

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Inherited 1949 Cub. Got a broken L-R Shifting Fork

Postby Gorman585 » Tue Jun 14, 2022 1:37 pm

I'm new here and excited to be apart of the community.

My name is Morgan and I'm a 28 year old engineer. Last year I inherited a partially restored 1949 Cub from my father in law. My wife and I had purchased a 40 acre plot in upstate New York and he passed his little work horse on to us.

Ol'Cubby has since then given me quite a year. First it was an incorrectly set govener that really limited my power output when I was trying to mow around the house with the belly mower. Once we had him running good, Mr Genius (me) left the power on for an hour with out the engine running. For those who don't know, if the electric igntion is in the open position in this condition, you can really fry it. The brand new Petronix ignition system that replaced the magneto, melted down and smoked out the garage with the kind of smoke that you can feel killing you as breath it in. Won't be doing that again. Just as the snow started falling I got the ignition system figured out and he plowed our 100ft driveway like a champ. But then, Mr. Genius stuck again. Ran the tank completely dry and the carb was so gunked up and seal so worn out that I had to comepletly rebuild it. But it's all been a great learning experience and now I can run Ol'Cubby like I know what I'm doing.

But the latest in Cubbies saga is the tranny. Was stuck in 1st gear and took out some bicycles out in the garage last time I went to start him. Opened up the topside where the shifter is and we got metal shavings, milky (and I mean really milky) oil, and a broken 1-R gear fork. Looks like I ran him a bit to hard last time I was mowing or when I was pulling out some bushes.

So after a year, I am finally joining all you great people to get access to the manuals and all your great expertise. Been using the forum as a lurker and thought is time to get a real idea on how I'm going to fix this tranny.

Well thanks for reading my post and I hope to chat with y'all soon!


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Re: Inherited 1949 Cub. Got a broken L-R Shifting Fork

Postby Stanton » Tue Jun 14, 2022 2:00 pm

Welcome to the Forum, Morgan! Sorry to hear about your mishaps.

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

Now that 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:
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  • 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.

There are a lot of good threads dealing with Cub repair and maintenance in the How To Forum, including tranny repair. Located here:

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Re: Inherited 1949 Cub. Got a broken L-R Shifting Fork

Postby staninlowerAL » Tue Jun 14, 2022 3:27 pm

Welcome to the Forum Morgan. If you haven't discovered it yet, review the HOW TO forum for specific topics. There's one devoted to transmission problems and you will surely find some good tips and info. Here's the link: viewforum.php?f=141 Also check out the search tab at the top right corner of this page and you will be able to search by topic. Transmission repair has been posted about many times so you will get lots of info on the topic. Good luck with your project and congrats on having a family cub in your possession.

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Re: Inherited 1949 Cub. Got a broken L-R Shifting Fork

Postby Pap » Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:45 am

Welcome to the forum Morgan.
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Are We Having Fun Yet ? :D
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Re: Inherited 1949 Cub. Got a broken L-R Shifting Fork

Postby Jim Becker » Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:15 pm

Welcome and thanks for joining in. I see you are from 14843, more or less my home territory. A couple of us went to school 14802.

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Re: Inherited 1949 Cub. Got a broken L-R Shifting Fork

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Thu Jun 16, 2022 9:02 am

Welcome to the forum
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