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So now it's time. April 14, 2008 . In 1980 I bought a 12 acre farm to house my new wife and her horse. Never cut a tree, drove a tractor or worked on anything mechanical in my life. With the farm came an old red tractor with offset seat and headlights like it had to much to drink. In the next 29 years I would raise 3 boys, 2 horses, a couple cows, chickens, dogs cats , and cut a stick of wood or two. In the process I would use and abuse the tractor and my ex wife would say her to . She always had an opinion. Now, realizing that the kids are grown the tractor is really all that stood by me through the years . I know she needs some care. She is a beauty. When she runs. 1949 IH Cub. Mostly original parts. It is only through begging, borrowing help and IH spirtits in the sky that I have kept the old red running. She has an electric start but no memory can date when it last worked. The crank is so easy when she is in the run mood. So last fall when she started running rough , then stalling under load, I pushed her into the barn and went to the house for winter. Spring is almost here now in upstate NY. So my thoughts again go off to the barn..and ol red. Has she forgiven me for the abuse through years? Did she forget the rough way I left her last Nov.? Will she once again sooth my soul with her smooth running sound. NOPE. She is spitting gas and wearing a blister on the palm of my hand. Just as I am breaking the sweat she teases me... Pap PaP PaP pa paaaaa ffff silence as the smoke circles out the stack. l have No way to catch the choke and turn the crank at the same time. Such a tease. In a younger day it would have been rapped knuckles on the plow carriage, a loud "dog gone it " and a hammer throw. But now, so many springs have passed and I know Guinness is being made in Dublin as I write so it's ok. Get a beer and lets think this through. What is working and where should I start. Then the realization , I have no clue what I am doing. So I am in hopes that you all will take me under your wings and help a poor novice "cubbie" finally appreciate the beauty in ol RED. I have a carb 3/4 updraft rebuild kit on order.(only took me 1 day to figure that out) in a week or so the games may begin. Looking forward to some help, making some good memories, and I hope for all of you ahead of me in this experience some laughs. I'll keep you posted and be asking questions REAL soon. (and the truth is it only took me 1 hour to figure out I had a 3/4 inch updraft carb). Cheers, Joe
Joe, welcome to the best forum on the net. I was born about 30 miles north of you in Oxford and have 2 sisters and a brother that live just outside of Binghamton so I know the area real good. I even worked in Chenango Bridge for 4 years. Now to the Cub. The first thing I would do is a complete tune up. New points, condenser and plugs and change the oil. After that I think you will find that she will probably start. If she is tuned correctly you should only have to pull the choke turn her over a couple of times, put the choke in and give it a couple of pulls and she should run. Don't be afraid to ask questions as you go along. Does your Cub have a magneto or a distributor. It really only matters when it comes to setting the points. Check the manuals section in the tool bar above and you will find the settings for the points and the plugs
MD, Deep Creek Lake
"1950 Something" Farmall Cub
1977 International Cub w/FH
1978 International Cub
1948 Farmall Super A
1951 Farmall Super C w/FH
Welcome to the Forum Joe!!
Cecil has got you on the right track. A good tune up along with complete fluids change will bring 'ol red back to life. As he mentioned, check out the "Manuals" link at the top of this page for information on your tractor. Visit the site sponsors for parts at the bottom of the page. TM Tractor will give you top notch service for new parts, and if you are not quite sure of what it is you are ordering, give them a call and they will get you straight.
A friendly bunch of folks here, don't be shy, jump right in!!!
Good luck and have fun.
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Welcome, Joe, to a great forum with fantastic people and more info than you can possibly imagine.
Did you order the actual IH carb kit or an after market kit? Make sure you get the IH kit. It is well worth the extra money. Like many, I found out the hard way.
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Joe, welcome to the forum! You have found the right place to get ol' red going again. In no time you will once again enjoy that much sought after seat time.
Like Vince said, spend the extra $$$ and get the good kit from IH or TM. You'll be glad you did.
Again, welcome to the forum! Don't be shy and remember, "There are no dumb questions". Every question is a good one.
I think you'll find with a little patience, plenty of good advice from here,....and a little beer , you'll have your beloved 49 running soon. Some advice I would have if you want to avoid some headaches,and heartaches, is don't be afraid to ask. You'll be sent to quality parts, manuals, etc. A lot of cub influence in your neighborhood also.
55 Cub (Red), 47 Cub #2752 (Roosevelt), 61 CCO
welcome aboard, stick with caseih on carb kit as has been mentioned. TM is the place to go if you dont have a local dealer. CNGCO.com is another option, talk with Ken.
Welcome. Great, well written introduction. Heed the advice already given and your Cub will be running like new.
"The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop." Edwin Conklin, biologist
Welcome to the forum Joe! Went to school north of you in Oneonta. Most of my family is from the Syracuse area. I'll be passing through your necks of the woods soon to get out to Angelica and back. It'd be nice to check out your 49!!!
Welcome to the Cub Community Forum Family. Since you have been part of the Cub world for so long, you already know how addictive they can be... there is just something about these little critters. I enjoyed your introduction, different and interesting take on life to be sure... good thing you done gots a sense of humour.
To the Cub, well, Cecil has it pretty well right, sounds like it is time for a good tune up. Check the Ignition system.. points, condensor, plugs and then check your fuel system as well.. make sure it is clean from the tank to the main jet.. clean both them orifices Since you said it cranks over well without having to worry about the electrics, tells me that you have a Magneto system, so that is pretty easy to diagnose. Probably going to be the points, condensor and plugs that are causing the problem. You can change those with the Mag on the tractor.. a little tight and tricky, but doable. Lot easier than taking the Mag off...
If you are contemplating taking the Mag off... let us know so we can walk you through it.
In the meantime, grab a comfy chair, a cup of coffee and have a read. I know the wagon is a bit windy, but there is just so much information that is available for us Cub owners here on the forum, that it cannot really be said any shorter. Do read it, follow the links, you will be glad you did. The Service Manual it there as well as the Owner's Manual and tons of others.. I am confident that it will be of help to you.
Joe, welcome to the forum! I loved your introduction There is alot of information here, I am still finding new stuff! I recommend trying the site sponsors first for new or used parts, you will save yourself alot of frustration in the long run, besides, they are really great people, just like the forum members that are eager to help.
Best of luck getting ole red rolling again,
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