Who's LarryR?

Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:56 pm

Hello - my name is Larry and I've posted already and have changed my mind from selling my Cub to giving myself a chance of getting her running and doing what I would call a "working restoration".

Wife and I live in Dighton down in Southeastern Massachusetts on six acres that have pretty much gone back to scrubby woodland. Farming is in the family history on both sides. I do not want to farm, but I do like growing my own vegetables and think it is an important skill to have and hopefully pass along to my own kids - one boy and one girl. 20 and 18. Boy in trade school for HVAC, daughter is pre-vet at URI. My wife teaches science in the local elementary school and I have worked for Ocean Spray Cranberries as an engineer for 26 years.

Bought the '54 (pretty sure) Cub to mow the field that was still clear and plow snow. Influenced by the fact that Dad had one when I was growing up and it was the first vehicle I was ever allowed to start up and drive by myself. Mowed a lot of grass but never plowed too much snow with her. As the field got to be more of a lawn, it became ever easier to deal with. Bought my dad's Simplicity lawn tractor with mower and snowblower and pretty much stopped using the Cub. Got lots that I can do with her, just haven't had the time (see age of kids...). Plus the house itself needed a ton of work and I just about have that down to a half a ton - all interior now, so my attention is fading on that and I'm looking at the land. Only so much sanding, plastering, painting and woodwork one can stand :wink:

But I have the tractor, I can do things with it that I would have to pay somebody else to do if I didn't have it, so why not give it a chance and try and fix her up and see what I can get done now that I have a little time?

Other things I do - music is big in our family, so I'm in a couple of choirs including church choir (we're pretty good) and a brass band. My wife and kids are all involved as well. Love stock car racing at our local track. And my real personal passion is motorcycling - ride a Honda GL1800 GoldWing. If I get as hooked on the Cub as I am on the motorsicle, I'll need serious help! I was thinking of getting a project bike - but I have a perfectly good project sitting right there already.

I doubt I'll ever be doing anything more than getting the tractor functional and maybe a nice coat of paint, but it wasn't too hard to convince myself to keep her and give it a shot! And who knows - as with most diseases I am well aware that it progresses! Implements - the double plow; rear wheel weights; grader blade (probably the highly useful piece in the worst shape); disc harrows that I think were home made or assembled from pieces; a carry platform for the back; 54" Wood's mower deck. There's a pile o' miscelllaneous parts I'm not sure what they are. Straight drawbar and I think I have the other one somewhere with the plows. Must have or the plows would be useless...

Ya'll been great - been searching and reading and learning. That is part of what it is all about and I can already see the real family atmosphere that exists. Looking forward to it and I know where I can find help - I ask lots of questions and am never ashamed to admit my ignorance. Pretty good with tools, LOUSY with electrical stuff. Used to be pretty handy with bodywork, but have not tested those skills in a long time - think we're about to.

Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:03 pm

Welcome Larry! I don't think you'll regret your decision.

Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:07 pm

Larry, it's good to know your going to keep her. Post a few pix of the implements your not sure of and somebody here will let you know what you have.

No wait a minute, I think that knocking I hear on your door is Ed and Scotty from Rehoboth coming to vist. They'll tell you what you have.

Welcome again!

Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:15 pm

Larry, good to know more about you. You mean the next free time I have coming is in 18+ years?!?! (our kids are 19 & 6 months old) :shock: :lol: :lol:

I know there's at least a couple more motorcycle fans on the forum, so you'll be in good company there, too. Sounds like you've got a real good start on implements to go with the Cub.

Dave

Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:11 pm

Send me a private message with youraddress,and Barnyard might be right. Ed

Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:38 pm

Welcome Larry :roll: :wink: 8)

Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:25 am

welcome larry! seen your earlier post and i'm glad you decided to keep the cub you want regret it these thing as a hobby and work are so much fun. you have been warned of the harmful side affects of restoring a cub. you start with one and end up with a few more. i currently have 6. one done, a loboy mostly done, a parts / donor tractor, and three others . sick sick sick i tell you, i think the only cure may be a demo cub :wink: have fun and keep us posted....

hi larry

Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:31 am

I am here in western Ma. about a mile from U Mass Amherst. I would say I am a novice at the major repair stuff but am learning. As you've seen there are a lot of great people on the site who are happy to help. Welcome and good luck.

Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:16 pm

Glad to hear of your decision. I saw the pics of your tractor. Looks like a fine one. Welcome again and enjoy!!

Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:53 pm

Welcome from North East WI

Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:05 pm

Larry, welcome to the group, and a fine group it is. You have plenty of folks in your area, seek them out for help, advice and friendship.

Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:21 pm

Welcome :big smile:

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:19 am

Welcome aboard Larry enjoy that tractor. Lets see, two kids and a wife, thats at least 3 more cubs you have to get, ifn you ever want to ride a cub again, after youg get yours fixed up.