Motor Rebuild

Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:17 pm

I am located in SW Florida. I am getting started on rebstoring my 1952 cub has any one had any machine work done on cub motors in the Ft Myers area?

Re: Motor Rebuild

Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:08 pm

It seems to be getting harder to find machine shops these days. Possibly you could find one through 'race car' folks.

What kind of problem(s) have you noticed? The reason I ask is because it doesn't take much at all to be a $1000 bill and I would guess a 'rebuilt' motor will easily go well beyond that. Right in the same neighborhood as a running Cub. Just a thought.

Re: Motor Rebuild

Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:28 pm

If it just needs to be rebored, it won't cost that much. We turned the crankshaft, bored it, replaced pistons, bearings, valves, guides, springs,etc and don't have near $1000 in it. If you were closer I'd say I know who can rebuild it for you.

Re: Motor Rebuild

Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:32 am

I agree, Larry, machine shops are getting fewer all the time. Now days, garages replace rather than repair. We used to have at least 3 shops in nearby Bellefontaine, now 0! If you find nothing else, you might check with your local NAPA store. They are likely linked to a large machine shop that they send stuff to. You kinda lose the opportunity to communicate directly with the machinist, though.

Re: Motor Rebuild

Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:13 am

I would agree checking with NAPA, especially if there is a "larger" area distributor type NAPA. I know here in Buffalo, there are literally 50 NAPA stores in the area, but the one in Williamsville, NY, out near the Buffalo Airport is a "distributor" and they have an actual machine shop. One of my friends tractor pulls with Wheel Horse garden tractors, and he is the one who told me that this particular NAPA will rebuild Kohler engine blocks for him, turn cranks, bore, etc.

Also, as others have mentioned, the Cub C-60 is not that difficult of an engine to re-do yourself. I would seriously consider just grabbing the technical manual, and tear it down yourself. You might want to have the block boiled, cylinders honed and crank turned, but the rest should be simple disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly. Also, you may want to check here with other Floridian Cubbers to request some help, even if you have to take everything to them. I can tell you for certain, a weekend up to northern FL to visit with Mr. E would likely end up getting your engine completely done, and learning more than you could remember in a lifetime about rebuilding tractors.