Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

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Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby clm2112 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:27 pm

I thought I would start up a thread to show the photos I've taken during the ongoing rehabilitation of my '55 Farmall Cub.

Yes, it looks sad in places. It will never be a trailer queen bouncing from show to show. But, it is mine and does work on an eight-four acre farm in the hills of Western Pennsylvania.

For a brief history, the tractor was purchased by my grandfather on May 2, 1956. It replaced a David-Bradley Walk-behind tractor (which is also on the farm and may be a future project.) While the data plate is pretty well beat up, the owner's manual and paperwork I found in the basement lists her as a 1955 with serial number 192959. I found the receipt for the sale buried in boxes of old paperwork here on the farm. She was purchased from Luce Farm Equipment, Rt 51, in Perryopolis PA for $1540.00, which included the 2 way plow, disks, cultivator, and 2 section harrow. All of the implements are still up in the shed. After I finish rehabilitating the tractor, I'll be working on the implements to get everything back in working order. At some point in it's life, it also picked up a sickle-bar mower. That is pretty much how it looked when I first learned to drive the tractor on the farm at age 10. While I lived in Florida for twenty years after graduating school, the tractor remained on the farm. Being passed along to other family members until I moved back a few years ago.

This gives you an idea of what she looked like last year when I started cleaning her up.

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The last work task she was doing before the tear-down was hauling firewood before winter set in. That is when I realized the left axle pan was leaking fluid badly, so I parked her in the garage and just started at the back end and worked towards the front.

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Most of the winter has been spent dismantling the tractor, a section at a time. So far, I've managed to clean, repair, repaint, and reassemble everything from the floor pan back. I'm currently working on the front end and engine and expect to have her back in operation before September.

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While working on the floorpan, I removed the wiring harness, only to find the insulation sluffing off the conductors in my hands. At this point I opted to convert the tractor from the 6V positive ground system to a 12V negative ground system, as well as using a solid state ignition. That makes the tractor compatible with all the others and gear around the farm that is 12V.

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And that brings it up to today. Still scraping, scrubbing, and painting her. When I get through posting this, I'm heading back to the garage to start sanding down the instrument panel for a repaint.

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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby clm2112 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:54 pm

A little of today's project. The instrument panel gets some reworking. I have no inclination to get all of the lights working on the Cub, so I've opted to open up the light switch portion of the panel to accept a second std gauge. I am also replacing the fuse with a push-button circuit breaker, so that hole gets reduced.

Here's the basic panel all sanded down. A flat washer has been welded into the fuse holder hole.

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On the left side, I removed a portion of the panel. Someone had used pliers to curl the edge of the panel in and up to clear the Touch Control rods. I just cut away the bent up portion and smoothed it out.

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Last, I cut out a second gauge hole where the original light switch went. Here's the panel with the components installed to make sure everything fits.

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The first coat of paint just got put on a few minutes ago. Give it a few hours to dry and give it a 2nd coat. Probably be ready to install the gauges tomorrow.

Next day, up early to get a little done before feeding the chickens. Paint is dry, so panel got assembled and ready for wiring.

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Moving on to the next chunk of the tractor.
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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby Jim Becker » Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:56 pm

If you don't have lights, what is the circuit breaker for?

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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby clm2112 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:04 pm

Breaker is for the ignition system, gauges, and the alternator, just in case any hot lead accidentally gets grounded. I'm also adding a little pigtail connector to allow me to hook up a trickle charger when the tractor is stored and a hand-held spotlight if I actually need lighting, so the breaker will protect them as well.

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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby clm2112 » Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:16 pm

Back from the CubFest in Ohio and feeling particularly motivated. With no fear of what would happen, I removed the exhaust and the Touch Control assembly from the Cub. They are currently being cleaned and repainted.

Meanwhile, the back-half of the tractor is repainted up to the implement mounting pads on the torque tube. I also repainted the front casting, radiator, fan, and other odds and ends. She is slowly changing color from grease & soot black to her more natural shade of red. I think tomorrow I'll clean the engine block from the manifold to the oil pan, so I can put the hydraulics back on as soon as the paint is dry.

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Instrument panel is wired up and installed as well. The a pair of male to female spade connectors are ready to go for the ignition and alternator wires. Just have to wait until the touch control, coil, and linkages are all in place so I can make the wires the right length to tuck in under the hood. The lead for the battery charger is tucked in as well, waiting to be wrapped into the wiring harness.

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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby clm2112 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:23 am

Another night of working on the Cub. Time for a little happy dance :) I've been soaking the intake/exhaust/carb nuts with PB Blaster for days in anticipation of shearing off studs. They squeaked and groaned, but they all came off with the studs in place. Ran a 3/8-24 die over the manifold studs and called it a night. Today will be removing the seized clevis on the throttle and all the black gunk off the engine block. Carb is soaking in a pan of cleaner. Small victories.

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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby clm2112 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:17 pm

Another day... more paint. (yeah, I'm pretty slow at this, but I am brushing on two coats. Intake/Exhaust manifold casting arrived today, so it got a coat of paint too. It occurs to me now, that I really should have set up a video camera in the garage. For a neat time-lapsed video of the Cub exploding into piles of parts, turning red, and reassembling itself into a tractor. Oh well, maybe the next major project.

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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby clm2112 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:51 pm

Could hardly wait for the paint to dry... Second coat went on, followed immediately by the manifold. The straight vertical pipe is "plan B"... if I can't remove the iron elbow from the original manifold I'm considering doing a vertical exhaust through the cowl. I don't have clearance issues around here (no fruit trees to work around), so the underslung exhaust isn't really that important. Still going to try to take the iron elbow off and reuse the rest of the exhaust.

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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby CharlieK » Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:19 pm

I guess you know a 3/4" pipe elbow works just fine for the underhung exhaust. great pics and thanks for posting. wish I could have made the cub tug
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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby Slim140 » Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:58 am

Curt, good job on making your Cub shine again! Where did you get that alternator and what is the part number on it if you don't mind sharing?
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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby clm2112 » Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:50 pm

Another night working on the Cub. Had to pause while I got the Subaru through PA State Inspection (still have a CV boot to replace.) But, I made a lot of progress tonight. Carb is clean and back on, Touch Control reinstalled, removed the starter, dumped the oil and filter, and pretty much ready to scrape down the other side for painting.

The Alternator is a Nippon-Denso 12V 40amp for industrial use. This model is for a Yanmar Diesel APU, commonly found in Thermo-King reefer units, also fits some Kubota tractors & generators. Bought it from Fleet Alternator, p/n 10600. (Lester p/n 12206) . Brackets are from Yesterday's Tractor. Works very well, uses the stock generator belt and bolts to same holes the generator attaches to. Pulleys lined right up. There is enough room to mount the coil without the bracket that offsets it away from the engine, so there will not be anything sticking out beyond the hood.

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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby Slim140 » Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:37 am

Thanks for sharing the info Curt! I kinda know a guy who can make some brackets :wink:
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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby clm2112 » Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:58 pm

Another day, painting the right side of the engine. Feels more like an archeological expedition. I went to remove the drain plug for the oil filter cavity, it wouldn't budge. Removed the entire pipe from the block instead. I'm probably the first person to try and remove the drain plug in the life of the tractor. Vise and pipe wrench finally succeeded in removing the cap from the pipe. I thought it was cross-threaded, but no, it was just rusted into a solid piece. The pipe was a mass of sludge & solids from one end to the other. Had to drive a rod through it just to break it up enough to clean it out. :(

Meanwhile, parts of the air cleaner, distributor, and little odds and ends are hanging from the rafters, waiting for the paint to dry.

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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby clm2112 » Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:28 pm

Chugging along. Today was distributor, coil, ballast resistor, and ignition wiring. Not much, but another step towards completion.

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Re: Curt's 1955 Farmall Cub, SN 192959

Postby clm2112 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:36 pm

A few more days have gone by. Not as much done as I wanted, coming down with a cold.

But, more parts back on. Starter, Air Cleaner, brakes, clutch, and spent most of the day doing all of the lubricants. If I'm feeling up to it tomorrow, might paint the driveshaft for the Cub-22 mower. If I'm not feeling up to it, I might just roll it out of the garage and try starting it up to set the timing.

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