My name is Jim, and this is the 1949 Farmall Cub that followed me home about 13 years ago. It smoked like a chimney (actually blew a continuous stream of smoke rings), had been converted to 12v, and had a poorly installed clutch (by someone who apparently didn't understand that the fingers are adjusted after
the pressure plate is bolted to the flywheel). About eight years ago I decided it was finally time for an overhaul. The original engine block was not salvageable (it had already been bored out to the maximum, as well as being previously cracked and welded), so I located a suitable donor block (nearly perfect, from a '61 Cub - I'm still trying to figure out why that one was parted out), replaced the necessary parts , and used where I could components from the original engine.
I located a Cub-22 mower early on, and had used that for mowing the yard up until the time the old engine let go. It was around that time I had acquired a 1947 Farmall A with a belly mower, so that one did lawn mowing duty during the time the Cub was down. After the rebuild, unfortunately, the Cub sat kind of neglected for about four years. I would crank it occasionally, but that's about as far as it would get. Meanwhile, I had also happened upon a 1950 John Deere M with a bush hog, middle buster, disc, and grader blade, so really all of my tractor/implement needs were more than met.
Five years sitting in the shed, and I was almost convinced I no longer needed the Cub. I decided to reunite the Cub and the mower, which had not been together since before the engine rebuild. It was, at that point, my intention to get them both back running properly and then find them a new home. I am pleased to report that sanity has prevailed and the Cub is, once again and as I originally intended, keeping the tall grass in check and, with the addition of a Cub-23A disc, keeping the garden as well.
It is still very much a working tractor, and it works very well. Except for the lights. I removed the 12v electrical system during the engine rebuild, and never put anything back. Maybe someday, but for now it's too easy, and just too much fun, to crank by hand to think about a battery and all that goes with having one.
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