Hi everyone !
"Mariam" is my 1949 Cub, s/n 90633, and I rescued her from a collapsed barn way back in 1981. It took about two days of chainsaw and sweat equity to get her out and she was pretty sad looking when in the clear ! The hood, fuel tank, steering post and left fender took a beating; flat tires, battery froze and ate some stuff; mice also had a buffet with the seat cover and wiring ! She had been parked in the bottom of the barn years before as the original owner, Mariam, passed away; I named the Cub in her honor. The family lived out of the area and the small farm fell into ruin.
Got her home and the journey began. My Mom once told me that I'd taken my crib apart when only three years old so my "mechanic" gene was already active; basically took the Cub all-apart and started from the ground up. Complete overhaul of the engine; transmission and final drive gone through; new electrical harness front-to-back; found a used-serviceable fuel tank and mated it to my hood after some serious "tin-banging"; carb, magneto, generator and starter overhauled; lots of paint stripping then fresh color... the list goes on and she's was basically a "new" Cub when I finished
Mariam has helped me hold Mother Nature at bay with my 1100' driveway, graded around home, pushed mountains of snow and stone, pulled a float with some neighborhood kids in local parades and given me great joy every time I pull the crank and hear the whine of the Touch-Control system within two pulls for near thirty years. And as I'm sure all the other Cub-lovers here will admit, also been a beautiful sight to gaze upon, just sitting in front of the workshop at the end of a good working day ! I proudly admit to giving her a pat on that round hood when saying goodnight
They'll get the "mag switch" to her when they pry it from my cold, dead hands
During the many trips bringing her home in 1981, her "luggage" consisted of: front and rear wheel weights, drive tire chains, complete combination push/grader blade with the snow extension, complete front/rear cultivator set-up, complete two-way plow rig, belt pulley with 9" drum, complete sickle-bar tool, complete swinging draw-bar. Took a while to figure out how all those tools went together without manuals, let me tell you ! Full set of lights and I just love that rear combination light with the little red jewel inside !
Although a reluctant computer person, it has been a useful tool especially since it enabled me to find Farmall Cub . com; already had some of my lingering questions answered !
That's "our" story and I see that "Barnyard" has a step that I need and a couple of those shoes for the blade... money is just another tool and Mariam is certainly worth every penny !!!
My name is Don and I'm a Cub-Lover