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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby IHCFan1950 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:45 am

Adajen wrote:The oil looks like not much water if any. Any luck the lower might not be as bad. That is a lot of loose rust/sludge your looking at. After blowing everything off with air hose it looked a good bit better. I'd say 75% was gone after air hose . As far as a new motor. Not so interested unless absolutely necessary. The whole purpose was for a project. Only TIME, MONEY AND MEMORIES in the future haha.
Off on kind of another topic but about a year ago I purchased some barn metal from a man about 2.5 hours from me. Took a while to find this place but when I got there the metal was just like advertised along with a lot of tractors and other farm equipment. Man and his farm hand helped us load everything. I had glanced over and seen a pretty cub sitting in grass that had been mowed. I'd say great/excellent condition, good paint, Anyways I asked the man, are you selling everything out here? He responded something on the lines of. Everything's for sale for the right price, Not exactly sure about that part. So I asked. How about that cub? He said nope that's not for sale. Go over there and take a look at the serial number. So I did of course. S#507. I said "nice its one of he first ones and he just said yep and we went on about our business. Wasn't till later that I got home and done some looking up I found out the serial numbers as far as I could see started at 501. So if all that was the case and the serial number on that cub was original then that's a pretty cool find. .


If it cleaned up like you say it did, then you may very well have a keeper for an engine. But like Willy said, Kroil is you friend in this scenario. It made my restoration possible! It's high dollar stuff ($15.00 a can in my neighborhood), but it is worth it.
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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby cjack » Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:21 pm

Glad to read this thread. Also starting a similar project with my son, on his grandfather's 49 Cub. When we pulled off the head the cylinders and valves looked slightly better than your photo, except all were full of coolant. It too cleaned up really well but this is clearly going to be a big project!

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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby AL Farmall Boy » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:36 am

Please keep us updated and post LOTS of Pictures along the way!!! Looking forward to your project.......looks like yours is an early Circle Cub too. What is the serial number?
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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby Adajen » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:54 pm

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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby Adajen » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:24 pm

Well the cub finally got moved into the shop yesterday.
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First project was to remove the cultivators and related equipment
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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby Adajen » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:28 pm

Next step was begin to strip it down. The many of soakings in kroil worked well but unfortunately I did break 4 bolts out of the radiator mount. They didn’t even give me a hint that they were going to break just instant. It will take some time to get them fixed.
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Can tell this one set outside for a little too long without protection.
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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby Dale Finch » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:06 pm

Great start! Hope you take more pictures than you think you'll need...it'll probably still not be enough!! :lol:

I know it's quite a some time away, but one thing that will make your life much easier when you go to reassemble is chase ALL the bolt holes and clean ALL bolts of any gunk. I usually just dump all the hardware in a coffee can of kerosene, where I can put the lid on and swirl it around. You can do it by component...easier when trying to figure out what size bolts to use when going back together. Then put them in a LABLED ziploc. Even if you use new hardware, you have clean samples to match.

Looking forward to following your progress!

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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby Glen » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:36 pm

Hi,
You didn't say what is wrong with the right rear tire, or wheel, or axle, why it is leaning like it is in the pics. If the wheel is off, or something broken.
The rear tires look like they have the tread that might be original on an early Cub. :)
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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby Adajen » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:05 pm

Glen wrote:Hi,
You didn't say what is wrong with the right rear tire, or wheel, or axle, why it is leaning like it is in the pics. If the wheel is off, or something broken.
The rear tires look like they have the tread that might be original on an early Cub. Just curious, what brand are they. :)


The tires are dry rotted. I’ll look and get the specs off the tires tomorrow. The reason it’s lesning is because it’s not setting on the rim. Everything is straight the tire is just about to fall off completely lol. That’s why it got dollied into its new position in an attempt to save the rims.

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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby Stanton » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:17 am

Congrats on getting into your project Cub.

If you haven't already thought of it, I'd suggest buying a couple or three boxes of 1 gallon zip-lock bags and a Sharpie (permanent ink) pen. As you disassemble each part or section, use the pen to write what it is on the bag and put all the bolts, nuts, washers, etc. in the bag. Unless you have a perfect memory, unlike mine, you'll be glad in a few months from now to be reminded what's in the bag. This, and taking lots of pictures (as Dale suggested above), will help you in the future when ready to reverse the process and start reassembly.

LOL, my first restore, I even wrote the part number down on the bag from the Parts Manual.
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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby TallCoolOne58 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:59 pm

Have fun with your project! They are great little tractors, from a bygone era. Tough as nails, and sturdy built.
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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby Bill Hudson » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:32 pm

Dale Finch wrote:Well you have the first items for a proper restoration already on hand...2 cans of Kroil!!! Suggest you buy it in a gallon jug in the future!!


You betcha!!!!

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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby IHCFan1950 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:48 am

She looks a lot happier inside! Funny how these tractors are like motorcycles. Once you take the fuel tank/hood off, they don't look the same. Glad to see some updated progress pics. Keep it up! You are doing nothing but good so far!
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Re: And the fun begins. 1st cub restoration

Postby bubbaearl » Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:14 pm

Good luck, I am on my second restoration right now and I have gotten a lot of info. off this site and the one I am working on now I did a complete overhaul myself for less than a thousand and all I had done by the machine shop was turn the crank and bore the cylinders to .20 and she runs smooth. That was just a start tho, did a lot of other work and it is ready to paint but my paint tent is not heated so I guess it will have to wait until spring because I will not paint another one in my shop because I did not realize over spray could travel so far. Good luck


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