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i.d.plate restoration cub 72

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#1 mike912e OFFLINE  

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Posted January 17, 2013 - 03:20 PM

The Kohler engine's Identification plate on the Cadet 72 that I'm restoring is allmost unreadable . So since I've spent so much time and money on it so far I thought the best thing to do for the I.D. plate was to make a new one . I've included pictures of both the old and new one . What do you think ? Any feedback would be appreciated . And thank you for the ongoing advise .

I still have to stamp the numbers onto the new plate .

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  • old and new Cub 72 I.D. plates 1-17-13 001.JPG
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Posted January 17, 2013 - 03:30 PM

That's pretty cool.I would do the same thing if I wanted a show room Quality restore.


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Posted January 17, 2013 - 03:39 PM

I think it is going to look great. :thumbs:


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Posted January 17, 2013 - 03:42 PM

You have done a remarkable job creating that tag! Only you can determine how far is going too far.


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Posted January 17, 2013 - 03:43 PM

Where did you get the new plate?



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 03:53 PM

Looks good to me! What's the secret to making them??



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 04:02 PM

This man isn't talking and won't tell his secrets.

 

He has done an outstanding job.

Dick


Edited by JRJ, January 17, 2013 - 04:04 PM.

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Posted January 17, 2013 - 04:18 PM

I purchased the correct thickness aluminum sheet, sheared the plates to the correct size ( same as the original I.D.plate ) . Jigged the hole punch to put the correct size and location hole in each corner then filed the notch in the bottom edge . That was the easy part ! Next I contacted a local silkscreen printer and had them produce an exact reproduction of the printing on the plate . Then they printed it onto the aluminum plate and now all I have left to do is procure the correct size metal stamp set and transfer the serial number and spec numbers over to the new plate . I saved the original three-eared fasteners that were on it originally but am considering using 1/8" pop rivets instead . I'm also making sure that the throttle and choke cables don't come anywhere near the new plate . And yes, I did make extra plates if anyone's interested . It just takes time and patience and lots of money !


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Posted January 17, 2013 - 04:22 PM

Where did you get the new plate?

 

 

 

I was wondering the same thing.



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 04:42 PM

Looks like a million bucks!  imagesCA44B0P8.jpg


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Posted January 17, 2013 - 05:24 PM

You are doing a great job. Paying attention to details like that will give your tractor a big WOW factor.


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Posted January 17, 2013 - 05:32 PM

Not too far at all. The plate looks great and is the kind of detail that will be noticed by those who are into this sort of thing. Have you posted photos of the tractor yet? 


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Posted January 17, 2013 - 05:59 PM

I posted pics on my profile of before and progress so far . Check them out . And thank you to everyone's kind words . Here's a few pics of before and now .

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  • Cub Cadet model #73 beginning pictures 3-17-2010 003.jpg
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  • Cub Cadet model #73 beginning pictures 3-17-2010 007.jpg
  • Model 72 Cub Cadet back on wheels 001.JPG
  • Model 72 Cub Cadet back on wheels 002.JPG
  • Model 72 Cub Cadet back on wheels 003.JPG

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Posted January 17, 2013 - 06:08 PM

That cub looks great! That new tag will really set it apart from those that have worn tags! :thumbs:


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Posted January 17, 2013 - 06:09 PM

I think it looks AWESOME!  My only question to you is did they use some sorta special ink or paint on it?  It's so close to the carb I would be concerned about it getting gas on it and peeling it off.


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