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Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:06 pm
I'm a proud Papa to a 185 and I'm looking forward to piece-by-piece restoration and mods. My 'Baby' is in good running order and she's got my palms sweating whenever I see Attachment auctions, but (so far) I'm holding off. I have Plow, Disc, Harrow, Cultivators, and several other 3-pt toys I'm prepping for Spring planting chores and her Woods is getting cleaned, blasted & painted (nice new blades) before the long hat summer's cutting chores (and, after reading, I realize that her Creeper is going to be a real plus).
I'm doing research on a Loader for her and (from what I'm reading) getting enough spin-up on the Pump is an issue. I intend to do some engine mods to boost her output (I'm not a purist when it comes to restoration) and see that the Tranny may be a weak link in the powertrain. I'm already thinking about a little gimmick my Dad did with his A to boost pump speeds (used a beefier pump on a slider mount with a pyramid of pullies on the front to vary speeds up & down).
Dad used an IH 2000 or 2001 Loader on his A; is this realistic on a 185 (or am I trying to put too serious a loader on a Lawn mower)? I've seen the 1000 (not impressed) and the ole Side-arm (doubly underwhelmed). If the 2000 - 2001's not viable I will probably buy and mod something between them and a 1000. I don't plan to move a mountain or dig the Grand, just build or level a lump here & there and lift heavy 'stuff' (maybe dig a Pool). I'd be happy with the front blade but would rather have it on the 3-pt. So, for the front the Wife wants a Loader (I almost fell of my chair when SHE suggested I buy one)!
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:48 pm
I do not like the numbered cubs for other than mowing. But if you need any parts I have a 154 with a factory 3 point on it I would really like to sell
welcome to the forum
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:55 pm
Welcome to the Forum. You'll find a lot of knowledgeable Cub lovers here. Be sure and ask any questions you might have.
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:06 pm
Welcome to the Forum!!
I wouldn't say that the transmission is the weak link. It's the same basic unit as the older FCubs and is overbuilt for the Cubs engine. The only downfall in my opinion is the clutch setup on the 185. If it's properly adjusted and maintained, it'll work as it's supposed to. But if it's not kept up with, it can be aggravating.
Keep in mind that this tractor is just a overgrown lawnmower. There were loaders designed for the numbered LoBoys, and I have no doubt that one can be made or modified to work, but be careful not to overload the little guy!!
Good luck and let us know what we can do to help!
Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:18 am
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:57 am
Welcome to the forum.
Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:04 pm
Welcome to the forum. There is a wealth of information here.
Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:08 pm
Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:48 pm
G'day and congrats
on your new to you 184. Don't have a ton of stuff on the Numbered Series Cubs, but I do have some .. check out the links below
There is a parts catalog for the 154 and I think a lot of those implements/accessories might fit the 184. The other guys will know for sure.
Enjoy you new Cub
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