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Restoration of a work Cub

Postby Ahab01 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:58 pm

I have been working on this '47 Cub since last August. I'm not overly concerned with keeping it all original, since this is going to be a work tractor. Its gonna live its refurbished life putting in food plots and cutting small hay fields. The engine block had to be swapped out for a later Low-boy block I found on e-bay. The original block had the infamous mounting ear cracks, but not to worry it is going to find a new home in a '47 cub that one of the forum members is going to put back to all original. I finally fired it up last week and was amazed at how easy it started. It will need some fine tuning of the governor and setting the timing for full throttle. More paint to come once mother nature stops trying to kill us here in the Midwest.
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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

Postby Ahab01 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:59 pm

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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

Postby Dale Finch » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:01 pm

I also have a replacement radiator (Clancey) on a cub, and wanted to mention that the overflow tubing works fine, but the hood crowds it pretty badly where the hole encircles the radiator neck. It forces the tubing to make a very sharp down turn. I think I actually cut the end of the tubing at the neck at a slight angle, before I slipped it onto the nipple.

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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

Postby DRaymond » Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:34 am

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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

Postby IHCFan1950 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:58 am

Coming along very nicely! Good progress pics, and can't wait to see some paint fly on the old tractor! Keep it up and stay warm!
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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

Postby Stevetractor » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:57 am

I bought a Clancy radiator for one of my Cubs too. Great quality but to avoid overflow rubber hose issues, I reused the filler neck and steel overflow tube from my old one. Seems to me cap was 90 degrees off from the original as well. That little stuff drives me nuts. Lol :tractor:

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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

Postby inairam » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:07 am

I used a tapered drill bit like a step drill and was able to open the overflow nipple enough to slide the steel overflow tube in. Then after a few poor attempts at soldering, I used an epoxy to seal it.
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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

Postby Ahab01 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:54 am

The hood, grill and wings were all modified by my Dad several years ago, before I got my hands on this project, and I had no problems opening up the hood radiator hole to accommodate the overflow tube. It did make contact with it when I first put the hood on, but I lengthened the slot up by about an inch and now it doesn't make contact any more. I did get some coolant out of the overflow when I started the tractor the first time, but it seems to have found its own level now.

Next event is to pull the back end apart to change a bunch of bearings and put new brakes in to it. the Transmission makes a bit of a howling noise while the motor is running, so I imagine there is a bearing that needs some love somewhere in there. Probably should just swap out all of the bearings I come across and not risk having to do this again anytime soon.
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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

Postby Super A » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:44 pm

Ahab01, not to veer off topic, but I like your splitting stand! What model/make of tongue jack is that? I made one some years back and it works, but I like yours much better!

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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

Postby IHCFan1950 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:16 pm

Ahab01 wrote:Next event is to pull the back end apart to change a bunch of bearings and put new brakes in to it. the Transmission makes a bit of a howling noise while the motor is running, so I imagine there is a bearing that needs some love somewhere in there. Probably should just swap out all of the bearings I come across and not risk having to do this again anytime soon.


Wise move to go ahead and replace the bearings since you already have it this far apart. Be aware though that the transmission does have a distinctive whine to it when moving. The straight cut gears in these old tractors do make a some noise. Not abnormal at all.
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Re: Restoration of a work Cub

Postby Stevetractor » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:52 pm

If you do change bearings in transmission get a new bushing for reverse idler. This will help to quiet down the Cub howl. After it is pressed in it needs to be reamed to fit the shaft to a fairly tight tolerance. If shaft isn’t too badly worn I usually rotate it 180 degrees from where it was. Next time I do a transmission I’m going to make a new shaft and fit it to the bushing. May almost eliminate the howl. I also run 80w90 gear oil in there too. Hope this helps.


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