Re: 108 In Need Of Rescue (infuriating grill spring story)

Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:34 am

Quite a transformation! You did a great job! I like your paint selection and application.

Re: 108 In Need Of Rescue (infuriating grill spring story)

Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:52 am

You have now discovered what the "tornado" springs real job is , hiding, and all this time you thought is was to hold the grill in place.

If you have since used the tractor it is probably gone /lost forever, but the NEXT time, look for it on the tractor also, rather than just on the ground. They have a habit of falling down inside the bottom of the grill suround/housing and or the flange on the bottom of the frame rail.........kinda like the screws for the points cover do. If I sound like the voice of experience, I am.......more than I care to admit, and bi-focals and cataracts don't help, but I am in the process of correcting that.

Re: 108 In Need Of Rescue (infuriating grill spring story)

Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:39 pm

Hey Steve...WOWZERS son...Are you a FAST & NEAT painter with those rattle cans or WHAT :shock: I mean to tell ya...your Cub Cadet is a really SWEET lookin' machine :wink: AND, don't worry about that little "tornado Spring"'ll turn up when you least expect it :wink: I gotta tell ya too Steve, that Farmall A you've got looks like another nice machine :D ...'Country'

Re: 108 In Need Of Rescue (infuriating grill spring story)

Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:45 pm

Go to the drug store an buy a couple bottles of rubbing alcohal pour in tank it will get rid of all that varnish in3 or 4 hours put gas tank top on an rotate every 15 to 20 min. cheaper than paint thinner!!!!

Re: 108 In Need Of Rescue (infuriating grill spring story)

Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:18 pm

WOW she looks awesome nice job. I really enjoy bringing these back to life. The 108 cc is one of my favorites.

I think mainly the gas goes bad and they park them forever till we buy them. You can end up with a great running cub cadet most of the time. I haven't lost on any of them yet. There's also plenty of parts on ebay too. I been filling the shelves with used parts, used kohler engines, all the engines sheetmetal. If were going to run them we need all the parts to keep them running. I like having all the parts onhand during the restoration.

I been redoing the hoods using valspar rattle cans in cub cadet beige for the 70, 100 & 122 cadets and the lighter color valspar for the newer cadets. I installed the decals and went over everything with the valspar clear sealer to seal and protect it all. I tried this but i didn't put the clear thick enough. I'm learning as i go. I figure by clearing and sealing it the new paint and new decals will last longer.

The rustoleum paint on my first log splitter lasted for 25 years but it did fade out in the sun.

On my sons ford ranger the rear spring brackets rusted out completely. I purchased new ones and had to fish plate the rear part of the frame that rusted thin. I then had him wire brush the whole area and primed it with the valspar red rust oil base primer. Once that was dry i went over it with the alumimum spray paint. This heat paint lasted since 1986 on my stove pipe at my camp in VT being under snow every year since. Then i put a heavy coat of tar on everything on thye truck frame. I figure it should last now. Again one more test on using finishes. The kid paid for the special under coating when the truck was purchased new but there is nothing on the frame/brackets.

Re: 108 In Need Of Rescue (infuriating grill spring story)

Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:10 pm


Yup, that finished up really nicely. Very good looking 108 :D Be proud of what you did, it is really a cool looking Cadet. :D