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Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby LS1-IROC » Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:33 pm

Hello all...I just recently picked up a 49 cub from a local farmer. I've been a hotrodder for most of my life so this is a nice change of pace. I have been wanting to restore/refurb an antique tractor for some time now. My grandfather had a large farm in northwestern Ohio were I spent my summers. He was an IH man to the bone so naturally so am I:-) Sadly he passed away in 2001. After talking it over with my wife,we both thought it would be a nice tribute to my gramps and restore an IH and put his name on it. I've had the tractor now for about 3 weeks and have already made some good progress. I put a new radiator in it, rewired it, removed most of the grease, replaced the plug wires, changed all fluids and put a battery in it. Low and behold she started right up. To the best of my knowledge, it had not been started in over 10 years so I was very shocked. Since then I have been driving it around the yard, tinkering with it and fixing minor things and noting what needs to be addressed yet. Shortly I will begin the disassembly process and then the real fun begins. Here's some pics of when I first brought it home. This site has already been a big help to me and I'm sure it will continue to do so in the future.






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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby Bigdog » Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:44 pm

Welcome to the forum! That's a unique vacuum port set-up you have there! Let us know if we can help with anything.
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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby Bob McCarty » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:59 pm

Looks like you're already having fun with your Cub. Welcome to the Forum, lots of Cub lovers here who can help you if you have any questions.

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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby Barnyard » Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:07 pm

Welcome to the group. Dedicating your Cub to the memory of your grandfather is a great idea.

Why not take a weekend getaway with the wife and drive down to Tipton Indiana for the Central Indiana Cubfest September 17th - 18th. There's a lot to learn about Cubs and you will meet some fantastic folks.
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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby cubguy's dad » Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:10 pm


It is great to have another member from Michigan. I was in Grand Rapids last weekend and I enjoy the west side of the state.

The most fun is trying to figure out what someone else has done to the tractor over the years and it looks like you will have your work cut out for you, starting with the rear tires.

Enjoy your tractor and do not forget that their is plenty of help here

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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby John(videodoc) » Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:13 pm

Welcome aboard. I also liked your vacum on your carb. May come in handy at cubtug. Barnyard had the right idea. You got to get to a cubfest near you, you will have a blast, learn a lot, be glad you came. We got a few more this year.

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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby ricky racer » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:42 pm

Always good to see another Cubber from Michigan!! Welcome aboard. :{_}: :{_}:


Looks like an excellent point to hook up your NOS, just replace the gate valve with a 6v solenoid valve and wire a button to the drivers cockpit and your ready for CubTug!! :lol:
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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby Rudi » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:31 pm

Congrats :applause: on acquiring your very first Cub and a special BZ for choosing to acquire one to restore as a memorial to your gramps .. that is wonderful goal and I hope you enjoy the process :!: I like the vacuum port .... that is interesting.

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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby johnny j » Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:36 am

Welcome to the Forum :)

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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby Gary Dotson » Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:29 am

Welcome, Newb! It's always great to have new folks on board. Sounds like you've already made lots of progress, good deal! I'd bet the tractor came from a dairy farm, the vac. valve on the manifold was likely set up to run a milker during power outages.

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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby Jeff Silvey » Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:04 am

Welcome to this Great Place. You will have a blast with this tractor in many ways.
I like the step, the carb choke, Plus the rear tire's.
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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby LS1-IROC » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:04 am

Thanks everybody for the warm welcome! I see you guys have very quickly picked up some of the P.O. "mods" to the tractor. :lol: The rear tire kills me everytime I look at the tractor. I'm not looking forward to dismounting it and flipping it around. :evil:

The vacuum port is unique and I'm not quite sure what they used it for, however the notion that it may have been used on a dairy farm I think is very plausible especially in this area of Michigan. I figure it's going to serve a good purpose for me when I seafoam the engine, then it will be removed and plugged :wink:

The back story I got with this tractor was that the farmer I bought it from bought it from a very poor family that had to sell it to make ends meet. This makes sense when you see some of the "mods" done to the tractor...clearly they were trying to save money. However, the choke cable addition seems contrary to that, because it's hard to get cheaper than a bent piece of rod.

None the less, the tractor is finally getting the much needed attention it deserves now. I still have not decided if I'm going to "restore" it back to factory like condition or make a few of my own "changes" to it to make it my own. Which ever route I take I plan on posting alot of pics along the way to share.

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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:35 am

Welcome to the forum. Great bunch of guys and gals here to help you.
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Re: Newb from GR, Michigan

Postby Charles (49) Mo » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:29 pm

Pics. We love pics of work in progress. :{_}: :{_}: :{_}:

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