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Back in `77, my father in law bought a brand spanking new 184 loboy, along with a IH disk, 52" front blade, and a Woods RM 59 rear mount finish mower. She has never seen a night outside since bought. A year before and sixteen years after his death, it was my honor to take care of my mother in law`s needs, which included house maintenance and keeping the six acres of property clean and mowed. Upon her passing, I inherited the tractor. I have (forgive me) a BX22 Kubota TLB that does everything I need to do, so the wife suggested I get rid of the Cub. She smokes out the oil cap, looses power after a few hours, and dosen`t want to light after she`s warm (complaints I see that I share on this site), but I just can`t find it in my heart to chase the old girl off. It was ole Tony`s pride and joy. The only thing it`s missing is the steering wheel nut cover and the battery box cover, which I`d like to find.
My question is, if it comes down to a worst case scenario in which the engine would have to be rebuilt from the lower end up, could it be done for a thousand bucks or less? I still like to use her. She rides like a feather bed compared to the Kubota, and looks more like a tractor, too!
Loss of power and hard starting may be a failing coil. If the blow-by and oil consumption isn't too bad you might be able to postpone any serious mechanical work for a while if you just replace the coil.
I would figure $1500 - $1600 for the rebuild.
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.
My wife says I don't listen to her. - - - - - - - - Or something like that!
Do the simple stuff first, complete tune up. Especially if you are thinking of total rebuild anyway. Seafoam in the tank, and in the oil. I think it would be great if you could keep it.
If you wouldn't mind updating your profile, with state and city (ie FL, Starke like mine), someone may be close that could come over and give you a hand. There are also Cub get togethers every so often that you may want to attend. Good times, and good people.
Good Luck and keep us posted.
What you have is a very close family tie to that 184. Having that connection and desire to hang onto what was your FIL's is pretty cool. Many of our member's would love to have that kind of connection.
I would also start with the small stuff. As BD suggested, check the coil and replace if necessary. Continue on with the tune up and make sure that routine maintenance gets done. As was suggested also, try some SeaFoam in the gas, add a little Marvel Mystery Oil to the crankcase may help.
Although I do not have any 184 materials on the server yet, there is the Blue Ribbon Service Manuals for Cubs that will apply to the engine, some to the tranny. The great guys on the Numbered Cubs forum will be able to help with other issues as well. I am searching for a 184 Service Manual and a Parts Manual....
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