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I am a new Cub owner. I found this site while doing research on my tractor and thought I would join (Thanks, Dennis for help with the registration problem!).
My Cub is a gift from my grandpa, who is helping me get it back into working condition. I have been bugging him to let me have it since I was a kid (I'm 28 now). It is a 1950 that has sat in the corner of my grandpa's pole barn for about 20 years. I haven't checked the serial number yet.
I am the third owner of the Cub. My grandpa purchased it in the 1970's from an estate sale of a friends father. This is my first tractor, but I have been around them my whole life. My grandpa also has a John Deere 60 & M, and a Ford with a massive road grader mounted on the front. He preferred using the Cub for gardening, because of it's small size, offset seat, and turning radius. However, when he stopped gardening the Cub sat. My wife also has a Bolens Ridemaster (one of the strangest tractors ever made) which she inherited from her grandfather when he died.
I am hoping to get the tractor running and familiarize myself with it on my grandpa's 10 acres before moving it to my 50'x108' sliver of earth to restore it. So far we have cleaned the gas tank, fuel bowl, fuel line, rebuilt the carburetor, and cleaned and gapped spark plugs. So, far we haven't gotten it to start. Luckily, we have a Case/IH dearler about 10 miles away, so it's very convenient when we need to get parts.
I am looking forward to this being a fun and rewarding experience working on this project with my grandpa, and having a nice utility/show tractor when we're done. Eventually, it will be making an appearance at the Buckley Old Engine Show in Buckley, Michigan -- which I have attended the past 8 years, but there's a lot of work to be done between now and then.
Welcome to the forum!
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welcome aboard. Be sure to check your serial number to see if it is a demo cub, that would be interestting. ANy way could luck with it. and look forward to more pics and questions.
Welcome to the forum. You will be quickly amazed at how much help and knowledge is available here. Don't spend any money until you've made sure you're doing the right thing. We have sponsors with great used part prices, we have experts who can tell you what will work, and what will not, etc.
You will also be amazed at what that little tractor can do! A truly amazing machine, that I believe out-performed even what the design engineers expected in the late 40's.
Lastly, watch out! Cub-accumulitis has been running rampant on this forum. I have been involved just over one year, my son and I now have three plus implements. Good Luck, happy Cubbing!
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welcome!!! what a blessing to have it stored inside. that should make your job lots easier. looks to be in good shape for sitting that long. that battery box looks to be in great shape.
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Welcome Looks like your tractor won't rust This forum has alot of great help. Make sure you take alot of picture's with you & your grandfather working or just having some great seat time. PRICELESS
You guys are heading in the right direction.
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It sounds as though you will have an enjoyable time working with your Grandfather. Just remember to keep us posted on the progress. And if you need help, don't hesitate to ask.
Hey Jeff, did you notice the neat little handle on the gas cap? I guess that's so you can remove it while still sitting.
First, 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
You indeed are a fortunate person to be able to have your Granddad's Cub and have him help you restore it. That has got to be awesome. Hope the links and stuff will help you out.. check out the manuals, they WILL come in handy
The Welcome Wagon is a relatively brief introduction to the information that is currently available on Cub tractors, and answers many of the common questions new members ask right of the bat. Although it is a bit overwhelming , it has been designed to actually be copied to a Word Processor such as Microsoft Word (which preserves the active links), and saved to your desktop for easy reference at a later date or when you have a bit more time to read all the information contained in the links below. Please do so, enjoy and I hope this will be a useful aid in learning more about your New Cub Tractor
Filling out your Profile is a real help. It just needs to be - State,City, County, a lot less than what is available in your local phone book. Knowing where you are will help in members offering to come help, when you are looking for parts - the area that would be useful to you etc., Also our CubFests, Mini-Fests or a simple KaffeeKlatsch/get together over coffee and a doughnut etc., to help each other benefits. Just a thought
Ok, so here is the spiel :
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 The Cub Book of Knowledge. 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 FarmallCub.com Website Sponsors: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. The program has been extended and no new definite end-date has been announced at this point. It is an extension only and may end rather quickly depending on available stocks. Please do take advantage of this offer and get the new safety caps
I truly hope that you enjoy your Cub and that you will be a frequent contributor to the forum. Again, to the Cub Family
Bill: I did notice the handle against the wall. That was good to point out.
In my line of work
" EVERYBODY GOES HOME THE NEXT MORNING"
Welcome to the forum!! If your grandfather used it for gardening, I would assume there are still implements laying around. I would suggest checking out the manuals for the implements you find to make sure they are complete!! That looks like an incredibly straight tractor under the "patina."
Thanks for the welcome everyone! I've been reading the forum for a couple weeks now and figured this was the place to get answers for the questions I will undoubtedly have. As things progress I'll definitely be putting up more pictures. You never know how many opportunities you'll have to work on a project like with with a grandparent (or, insert relative here), so this is going to be a special time.
Unfortunately, there's only so many Cub's I can fit in my garage before my wife will start to get suspicious. Someday, I hope to have a bit more land so I can space them out.
Being stored indoors may be this tractors saving grace. Who knows what would be left of it, if not. Yeah, it's funny that the battery box is the only part of the Cub that's in near perfect condition.
It's gonna take A LOT more than water to cut that grease!
Not the mention the handy sickle bar TV antenna!
Astute observation about the implements! All I know about the implements is that my grandpa says there are a lot of them. They are currently buried in another shed that might take us a year alone to dig through! Other than a bit of surface rust, dirt, grease, flat tires, dead battery, faded paint, a slight bend in the exhaust pipe, and not running, the tractor is in pretty good shape!
The battery box condition is mostly an indication that he didn't have a battery charger and was willing to crank start his Cub. Overcharged batteries are the reason for most battery box corrosion.
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I just looked at one. That is a doozy of a tractor. I'm not sure "strange does that justice. But, I'd probably want one some day.
Lets see a picture of the tractor Bolen Ridemaster.
In my line of work
" EVERYBODY GOES HOME THE NEXT MORNING"
Aftermac, welcome to the Cub Family and to the Farmall Cub Forum. Congratulations on a nice inherited Cub . Also, that's a nice story to go with it, know you have to proud to have the Cub.
Okay guys since no one else has mentioned it, is that white paint showing on the hood front and rear and also on the front axle, etc????????? Could be another demo, post serial number please. Pete
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