Well, welcome to the forum and to the Cub family. Congrats on the great deal on the 57.. at $800.00 with a Cub54 or 54A that is a great price. Almost a steal
We had a thread on the main forum about what a non-running Cub is worth, and I would pay $400.00 to $500.00 give or take for a bare Cub with a stuck engine. Gonna be a little pricey to fix it.. so acquistion price has to reflect that. However, with the Cub Grading and Leveling Blade, the wheel weights, new carb (that's almost $200.00 right there), Cub-22 sickle mower, drawbar and chains.. that makes the $750.00 for that Cub more than fair. Quick buy it if you can before someone else does if you are leaning in that direction.
Now the answer to many of your questions. lies in the Welcome Wagon and it's contents. You can find the Welcome Wagon in the text below. Do read it as there is tons of information here on the site between the different forums and the Manual Server etc., .
Bighead wrote:I do have a couple questions what makes the 48 and the 57 plow hardware so different and will the 48 parts be the same
as the 57 for the most part?
Well, the answer to that is yes and no. There are some parts that are interchangeable and some that are not. However, you are fortunate in that you have 2 I assume complete versions which many of us are actually trying to acquire. I have a 2 Cub-54's and I am trying to upgrade one of them to a Cub-54A. I have some parts for the Cub Grader Blade or the McCormick Deering Leveling and Grader Blade which is the original. You already will have both. Now that is pretty lucky. If you check out this link : CBI-1A - Revision 12 - Miscellaneous - Blades
you can see all the parts for the 3 different versions.
Bighead wrote:turned out to be a 57 pretty nice shape with a mid mount mott mower and just part of the snow/dirt
plow and it's got a new rad,won't stay running without the choke half way out,has good oil pressure.I ended up buying
that tractor for 800.00.
Since the Cub won't stay running, it is definitely a fuel issue. There are a number of threads on that very subject. Most commonly the problem will be dirt or crud in the fuel system somewhere.. usually in the tank which migrates to the sediment bowl, which then migrates to the carb inlet screen, into the bowl and then into the jets. Clean the fuel system completely, ensure that there is no crud/dirt/gunk etc., in the tank, make sure the sediment bowl filter is clean and the bowl is clean. Check the main jet - remember to check both orifices.. the larger horizontal apperture in the side of the jet and the very tiny longitudinal hole in the end of the jet. Run a single strand of bare twisted pair (telephone wire) through the tiny hole, you will see it emerge into the horizontal apperture. The use of a cheap aerosol carb cleaner has efficacious results during this procedure
Reassemble the fuel system and give it a shot.. should work.
Hope that answers some and do read the Welcome Wagon. You will be glad you did.
Oh, I notice Bill got in whilst I was typing..