This will be my second Cub restoration, the first was a Cub 72 . This Cub has considerably more pieces powdercoated than the 72 had . The grill and reflector brackets are done in silver powdercoat, the footrests are gloss black and except for the engine block and transmission case, the remainder of the Cub is Cub yellow . I was fortunate to purchase a used garden tractor lift from one of the local garden service centers ( it helps to have a nephew who works there ) . The local Ace Hardware matched the powdercoat yellow perfectly with some oil based enamel . I estimate that I will have a total of $500 in powdercoat which is probably cheaper than a top of the line paint job and will outlast the paint by ten times . I also have accumulated some extra pieces, and since the next restoration will be my Cub 104 , I get those pieces powdercoated with the 124 pieces . I also fabricated 1/4" aluminum cover plates for the transmission . That way I keep the inside things in and the outside things out . The shifter cover and rear cover are off of the transmission being powdercoated and I wanted to keep the paint out of the interior . I also used the rear coverplate as a template to cut a new gasket .
I started with the frame on jackstands and installed the front axle, followed by the wheel axles, tie rods and the Ross steering column . This Cub's steering tube was loose in the Ross casting and when I pulled it out I found that the tube fit much better when I switched ends . As it turned out the new " upper " end was just the right size for a wheel ball bearing . It fit snug enough that it will stay in place and provide smooth steering . note : the bearing I used was 1 3/8" OD and 3/4" ID . Check out Amazon for wheel bearings . I purchased a package of 4 for $8.13 plus shipping and tax . Even at $3 each they're still cheaper and better quality that some of the " sheet metal " Chinese bearings offered at some of the hardware stores . The manufacturer is Marathon Industries #60011, Amazon's number is B00Y289V0 . They are double sealed ball bearings .
I have attached 7 " before " pics and 9 pics of the reassembly progress so far .