howdy from california

Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:05 pm

though growing up on a small family orchard i'm a city boy, loved these little tractors all my life and vowed to find one to bring back to life. serendiptiously a '51 hi-crop came up on the local craig's at the exact same hour and the exact same price as a concours honda ct90 i restored sold. that's a sign if i ever saw one. not to mention coming out way ahead weight wise.

the cub runs but it needs some tlc. being a california cub its probably in better shape than most, but even so the short while i've had it i've learned all about the rust mushrooms that 60 year old nuts and bolts become. my manuals came today so i can start on the basics... gaskets, fluids and see where i'm at with all the mechanicals before i tear down for any major repairs and final finishes.

i do have one question and that's the shape of the unobtanium new seat support tube (part # 351 883 R11). pix attached of that the shape they are supposed to be? i couldn't find any close-ups in the photo sections.

anyway, thanks for letting me in here. this is a fabulous resource with, from lurking the last couple weeks, some great people participating. almost every single question that has cropped up i've found myriad answers to with a couple clicks of the mouse. it's amazing how much information is archived here, the wisdom and knowledge amassed is incredible. and the site sponsors have been wonderful, shipping on time and honest to a fault.

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Re: howdy from california

Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:09 pm


Welcome to the forum. Enjoy your Cub. Yes, your seat post is fine.


Re: howdy from california

Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:13 pm

Welcome from another Calif cubber I too am a city boy with TWO cubs in my garage....I like yours.
Robert (in Bakersfield) Miller

Re: howdy from california

Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:28 pm

Robert... his high wheels on your WIDE Cub... that would be NEAT!

Mike in La Crosse, WI

Re: howdy from california

Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:34 pm

Welcome, like Bill said your seat post is fine and not rusted out as they usually are. There's a tool box that fits in the front covering the mounting section. Water usually lays in there and causes problems down the road.

Re: howdy from california

Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:58 pm


Welcome. Those shiny bolts holding your seat down are not normal. I say that because most are severely rusted in place and present a major challenge to remove. These new bolts are a good sign that maybe the previous owner has already done some restoration work. Note that the seat bracket has an extra hole which allows you to move the bracket back if you would like more room on the operator platform.

Re: howdy from california

Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:17 pm


Nice Cub :D and congrats :applause: on acquiring your very 1st Cub. You'll notice I said very first :wink: these things are very addictive and many of us have succumbed to the MCC contagion :lol: Enjoy your Cub. Nice Hi-Clear.

Image to :big smile: Forum Family. And you have come to the right place for all things Cub related. If you click on the Site Rules, Regulations, & Important Information, it will point you to :arrow: the Welcome Wagon wherein you will find links to many useful sites and topics. One of which is the Cub Manual Server. Enjoy!.

Re: howdy from california

Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:40 am

thanks for the welcome technically it's called a "hi-clear"? i like that other designation..."crop-vision"...sounds so visionary ;-). everything about these little tractors is fascinating. as a designer, it was cool to learn the letter series including the cub were designed by the most famous designer of all:

@ robert
the new bolts are mine...the rust mushrooms those replaced are what i had the joy of removing. and those hourglass bends in the gussets are normal?
the toolbox when and if i find one will indeed cover it up, i was just curious.

one last newbie question and i'll slide back into lurk mode: where do you folks go for basic parts...oil filters, gaskets, seals, belts, carb rebuild kit,


Re: howdy from california

Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:30 am

Yes, TM is a good source for about anything. You can also ask and we'll help you find things through your local parts store, such as seals, bearings, filters and such.
Ralph's web site on the home page is a good place to find your tool box. :wink:

Re: howdy from california

Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:08 am


Nope the bracket is not supposed to be distorted quite like that. There is a bit of a bend in the side walls of the bracket though.


This is what the bracket normally looks like. Remember these are usually between 50 and 60 years old.. sooooo there is bound to be some distortion.

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Pics courtesy TM Tractor

TM has a reproduction tool box as well if originality is not necessary.

Replacement Pan Seat Tool Box

Please do continue to post including your progress on your Cub and of course post pics... we like pics :D

Re: howdy from california

Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:12 am

Welcome from another Calif. Cub guy! Steve K.

Re: howdy from california

Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:30 pm

Welcome to the forum. Don't go back to lurking, please. Your tractor looks to be a High-Wide, a special iteration of the Cub.

For basic parts like oil filters and oil, I usually start with Autozone, then check with Napa. They both have OEM parts cross references. If you need a carb kit, definitely go to TM - cheap aftermarket carb kits don't work. Also, if you are going to do a tune-up, the TM "kit" is about the same price as an new cap from Napa.

Re: howdy from california

Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:15 pm

Welcome, Frederick. Love the high crop. Enjoy.


Re: howdy from california

Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:19 pm

Welcome aboard. From another Ca. Cub guy.
This fourm is nothing but a learning experience.
Even more so if you own a Cub. Put your questions
on the fourm. Answers generally are returned before
you can complete the question. Well almost.

Re: howdy from california

Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:33 pm

The smaller front bolt in your seat post is in a hole originally intended for the bolt mounting the tool box. That bolt, as best I remember is 3/8-24, NF thread. Those original threads in that hole may be ruined.