I'm nearing the perceived end of the 1200 Cub Cadet restoration. My, my, my what a pleasant surprise this tractor has turned out to be!
You couldn't possibly have told me before the rebuild this tractor would have the kind of power it has. But, now that it is close to being finished and I've had a chance to drive it several times, I've become a believer myself. As Ken Updike told me, "Now the fun begins!"
Ok. For those of you who have prior experience with Cub Cadets, I need a big favor: What parts would you purchase and keep on hand to keep this monster up and running for literally the remainder of my useful working life? I'm 56 right now so we're talking 25 years or more.
The tractor has been pretty much gone through - new front end parts, fresh engine rebuild with .010 piston, new rod, etc. New tires all the way around. The only thing I can think of that wasn't touched was the transmission/rear end. I didn't find anything there to mess with, so I just changed the fluid and gaskets. Oh, tranny is the old 3 speed.
So, what would you suggest as a wish list to keep it up and running? I have no intention of getting rid of it at this point. I like it way too much for that.
As always, thanks for all your help. You have been helpful in more ways than I can possibly express.
With highest regards,