Finally got a Cub! Now how do I get it home?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:06 am


Hi folks!

My name's Tim, and I live out here in the Buffalo NY area. I've got two boys, ages 7 and 4, that are just crazy about tractors, and with the winter storm that disabled our town for a week last October, I put two and two together, and decided on a Cub. Of course, my wife thinks I'm absolutely nuts, but the boys and I plan on making some hayride trips out in the country with her, and maybe after a little cosmetic work, showing her off at some shows :D

My brother's got a Super C, but unfortunately something like that won't fit into my car and a half garage with any wiggle room left :wink:

My boys and I are so excited to bring her home! But what's the ideal trailer to use? I've got a big ugly Chevy van that'll pull just about anything, but I'm not sure if say a U-Haul utility trailer, or a car trailer would be the way to go, as it's kind of just in between everything, size wise.

Here's a couple pics, she's a '58 with a fresh coat of paint. Thanks for having me!



Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:11 am

Tim - Welcome aboard! That's a nice looking cub. We hope you have lots of fun with it. I'd recommend a dual axle trailer with brakes to haul it home. Many have used U-haul trailers successfully so I guess the choice is really yours but whatever you use, Be Safe!
We look forward to more pictures of you and the family with your cub.

Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:12 am

Tim, Welcome to the Forum. Nice looking Cub and a good looking homemade blade setup. Depending on the distance you have to travel to bring it home, I'd opt to rent a car trailer to be safe. I've seen folks use a single axle trailer to haul a cub, but I wouldn't reccomend it for a long distance nor at a high rate of speed though.

Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:43 am

Tim, first of all, welcome to the Forum and to the world of Cubbin'!

As BD and Mike say, a dual axle trailor is probably best, with brakes, but I have been unable to find exactly what I want in that line, so for now I have been transporting my Cub on a 5 X 12 single axle, 3500# rating, trailor with a Dodge tow vehicle. I have not had any problems at all with the Dodge brakes stopping the trailor safely. I do not tow over 60mph anyway, brakes or no brakes. If you stay alert as to what's going on around you, you shouldn't get in a bind to begin with. I've towed large boats for years, some with brakes, some without, and have yet to find a braking system that performs at 100% all the time! Just my .02 cents worth. Pete

Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:51 am

Thanks for the warm welcome! :)

I'm pretty experienced at towing with my van, I've logged a couple thousand miles easy pulling my old Coachmen camper and boat. My only concern is if the wheelbase is wide enough to get onto a dual ramp-type car trailer, or if I'm better off with say a 6 x 12 utility. Bear in mind that I'll probably go to U-haul or some such to rent one.....

Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:26 am

Tim: Welcome !! It's all been said above, but I'd add that the inside track is something like 40' so a car trailer that's not a flatbed may or may not fit so measure first.....than measure again. Looks like a nice setup you hooked up with - congrats. Craig

Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:52 pm

When I brought home my first Cub, I used a single-axle utility trailer. I only had to go ~3 miles through the country. My last one, I used a dual-axle with brakes. That one was ~ an hour on the interstate. Depends on your situation, I'd say.


Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:12 pm


First, Image to the greatest forum on the internet, and to the Cub Family. You will find that all the folks on this forum are kind, helpful and just full of Cub info and knowledge. They also happen to be the finest folks I have ever met :!: :D

But what's the ideal trailer to use? I've got a big ugly Chevy van that'll pull just about anything, but I'm not sure if say a U-Haul utility trailer, or a car trailer would be the way to go, as it's kind of just in between everything, size wise.

Interesting question. I personally agree with BD. Get a decent dual axle equipped with electric brakes or what ever brakes you prefer... Safety is a big issue. I hauled Ellie home in a 3 ton trailer that was custom built.. tilt bed but no brakes.. and only a single axle.. and my van was an 87 Plymouth Voyager. Not the best choice but it was also equipped with a towing package including inter-cooler, but it was an interesting trip and only about 20 miles.

U-Hauls may suffice.. but care must be exercised. Safety is a big concern.

Ok, so here is the spiel Image:

I would suggest that you read this thread: New Members and Visitors, Please READ Prior to Posting. There are many great links to informative pages such as the ATIS FAQ's 1 and ATIS FAQ's 2, The Best of H.L. Chauvin who has written very interesting articles on troubleshooting common problems with your Cub. One of the other projects we have been working on and it will be a continuing effort is the How To Work on Your Cub - Maintenance Tips and Techniques. This the the place to go to get all the quick links to some very good articles written by many members of the forum on solving some of the problems we encounter as we repair, maintain and up-grade our Cubs. Keep looking for this to grow.

Also, you might want to visit the Cub Manual Server as there is tons of info on servicing, maintaining and re-building your Cub. In addition to this basic information, there are also a number of other useful tools available on the server. There is the Specialty Services page which has contact info for neat stuff like getting your seats recovered, buying quality Decals, Serial Number tags and a host of other neat items. Also there are the Parts Pages - both Used Parts Suppliers and New Parts Suppliers pages with links to quality dealers. I am always looking for YOUR favourite dealers for New and Used Parts to include here. These pages are intended to complement our Official Website Sponsors:I would also recommend that you visit Binder Books and purchase the three most important manuals you can own for Maintenance, Repair and Rebuilding your Cub. These are the Owner's Manual, the GSS-1411 Service Manual and the TC-37F Parts Manual. Although they are available on the Cub Manual Server, it is better if you also have your own paper copy. Binder Books is the only Authorized IH Publication Reprint House and they have the best quality manuals available. Most other's are not of the same quality. Just a personal thought here, the I&T Shop Manuals, although helpful in some areas, really are not sufficient for the job. If you wish though, they are good additional reference works.

IF you really want to get the skinny on all things Cub, might I suggest you get a copy of Ken Updike's Farmall Cub and Cub Cadet's :?: . While you are at it Original Farmall Cub and Cub Cadet is Ken's latest addition to the series. Along with Guy Fay's Letter Series Originality Guide, these are three must have's in anyone's collection.

In addition to the above information, don't forget to check out the various articles that are available to help with your Repair, Restore, Rebuild or just your Maintenance Projects. There are a number of sub pages such as Electrolysis or Rust Zapper's, Maintenance Tips, Jigs and Techniques, Implement and Part Sketches and of course the Paint, Decals & Other Finish Questions which has the Paint Chart and the Paint Committee Decisions links.

Oh, and while the program still lasts.. you might want to check the Announcement: Navistar Free Gas Cap Offer - On-Line Form thread at the top of the Cub Forum and send away for the new style safety cap before that program runs out as well.

I truly hope that you enjoy your Cub and that you will be a frequent contributor to the forum. Again, Image to the Cub FamilyImage :D

Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:49 am

VERY nice Cub!!! The only thing that will make it look better is getting it home!!!! Good luck and welcome!!


Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:08 pm

My kids and I can't wait :D

Once it's home, I'll post the whole story on it, kind of interesting actually :)

In the meantime, it's just cleaning out of my garage, which is no small undertaking :shock:

Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:16 pm

cleaning out of my garage

Hmmm, Hadn't thought of that excuse. I've been telling my wife that this hobby/disease is an investment for our financial future :lol: :lol:

Now I have a new excuse; Cleaning out the Barn, Shop AND Garage area's, Mother-In-Law suite, etc.

Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:52 pm

Tim, Welcome to the Cub Forum. Great looking Cub and blade. The guys on here are extremely knowledgable and willing to share their expertise. I have found the search feature of the forum extremely useful and enlightening with topics covering from correct color of implement paint to dynometer testing complete with rpm/hp charts (Holy Cow).

Again welcome!

I am also new to the forum and have another suggestion.

Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:54 pm

I know some of the other Cub nuts might not have this equipment but it has worked out well for me in hauling my 49 Cub. I just run it into my horse trailer. I had some welding done for the ramps and have some rings welded to chain it down inside. It is enclosed so the tractor does not get dirty or wet and it is more than heavy duty enough to handle the load. I have enjoyed reading so many of the postings by the many Cub Nuts around the country. Don in Northwestern Wisconsin

Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:22 am

Interesting.....have any pics? I'd love to see your setup :)

Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:25 am

Just wondering if you got it home yet? Looking forward to the story!!