Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:53 am

Howdy everyone, my name is Josh and I'm a mechanical engineering student and I'm currently working at an automotive component plant in Ithaca, NY on an internship. I rent a room on a farm and my landlord pays me to fix things around the place and do other jobs.

He asked me to repair his 50's era Farmall Cub so here I am now looking for help.

Thanks for any help I might receive!

Re: Howdy!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:38 am

Josh, I'm just getting down the list to this post. Welcome to the friendliest forum on the internet. There are a lot of knowledgeable people here, and if you spend some time looking at the toolbar topics, you'll find a wealth of information too. Fire away with the questions, and again welcome.


Re: Howdy!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:32 pm


Well, an engineering student intern. Glad to have you aboard. You have found as Bob said one of the best.. no scratch that... The Very Best Forum on the internet period :!:

So you need info on fixing your landlord's Cub. I think we might be able to help. Below is a somewhat not too brief, but as brief as I can make it and get almost all of the needed info in, called the Welcome Wagon. Please do read it, follow the links and read that. You will find most of the answers to the questions you seek and many you may not even thought of right there.

I hope it helps.

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

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 :shock: , 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 :!: :D

Filling out your Image 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 :!:

When adding signature lines to your profile, the use of animated or non-animated banners and large graphics files must be avoided. These files consume large amounts of bandwidth and cause slow page loading, especially for those forum members using dialup connections.

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 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 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. 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 :idea: :!:

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

Re: Howdy!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:22 pm

Welcome to the Forum Josh!!

A wealth of information here along with friendly and knowledgable folks. Ask away, you'll get your answers and have the Cub running in no time!

Re: Howdy!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:48 pm

Welcome Josh :) .....The board members are rubbing their hands together in anticipation. Givem pics and problems ....Think you'll enjoy yourself.

Re: Howdy!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:01 pm

Welcome, Josh. :D

Re: Howdy!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:47 pm

Welcome aboard, Josh. Use the links and the search, you'll probably find many questions answered. But if you don't, or are not sure, just ask away, someone will answer your questions every time!

Re: Howdy!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:03 pm

Welcome, Josh. I know you will enjoy it. :D :D

Re: Howdy!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:11 pm

Welcome Josh! With a little searching you will find about anything you need here, if not then just ask! Good luck on your project. Also, if you need parts, be sure to check out the site sponsors, you can't go wrong using them and will save you some frustration down the road.

Re: Howdy!

Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:05 pm

Welcome. Read Rudy's welcome wagon and them give us some symptoms so we can help.

Re: Howdy!

Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:16 pm


Maybe a total CUB rebuild should be a required introduction course for every engineer. I feel that for the most part CUBS were designed utilizing the "KISS" principle. Too many things today are are almost impossible to fix, even by the "experts".