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#1 mike912e OFFLINE  

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Posted October 03, 2013 - 09:55 AM

   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 .

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Posted October 03, 2013 - 10:35 AM

Thanks for the pictures. I've never seen one of those torn down to the frame like that. They look like a well built tractor.


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Posted October 03, 2013 - 11:39 AM

Very well built and very heavy ( at least as far as an old man is concerned ) . After humping the transmission around I'm flat worn out ! But, while resting I can plan my next sequence of the build . 

The reason I tear them down to bare frame is that I basically zero them out as I use all of my tractors . They all have three point hitches installed and I have a Brinly one bottom plow and a disc set all of which get used . I only have one 42" mower deck ( restored last year, and yes it's all powdercoated ) and one 36" snowthrower ( also restored and powdercoated ) , but they will work on any of the three narrow framed Cubs that I have .

I will continue to post more pics as the reassembly progresses . Thank you for your interest and please comment if needed .


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Posted October 03, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Any comment on your work is positive for you are doing an outstanding job. Thanks for for all of the pictures.

 

 

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Posted October 03, 2013 - 12:17 PM

Looks like you do good work.  I must say you look exceptionally organized.  


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Posted October 03, 2013 - 03:12 PM

   I purposely steered the camera away from the mess !  I admit that I could be better organized, but I eventually find whatever it is that I was looking for . The nice thing about being retired is that I can work at my own pace, making sure that all the holes have the correct clearance and tapping out any threaded holes that have powdercoat in them . It's so nice to take my time and ensure that this thing is put together properly . I hate to have to redo something .

   Today's pictures ( to follow soon ) show mostly parts and pieces prefitted . That way I can get the correct size and quantity of fasteners ( I use as much stainless as possible ) . The remainder of the fasteners are being powdercoated and should be ready for pickup in a week . I just got a call from the silkscreener/engraver that I do business with and they have the two plates engraved for the starter-generators . The starter-generator parts are also at the powdercoater . I'll need to order the rebuild kits soon . 


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Posted October 03, 2013 - 03:25 PM

Here's pics of today's progress along with two pictures of my first restoration ; 1967 Cub Cadet model 72 .

The transmission was a real bear for this old man to muscle into place today !

Thank you to everyone for their kind words .

The Cub 72 will be shown this coming Saturday at Steam-o-rama in Windsor, Pennsylvania . I hope to see some of you there .

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Posted October 03, 2013 - 03:36 PM

Mike just like with your last projects you have done this looks to be another top notch restoration. I would like to see those starter generator tags that you had done. I assume they are the oval shaped Delco tags you are talking about.  That tranny had to be heavily built, they used the same thing in the Farmall Cub.  If I didn't have other plans for the weekend I would come to Windsor just to see the beautiful work you do.     :thumbs:


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Posted October 03, 2013 - 07:02 PM

I'll be picking up the starter tags tomorrow . I'll try to get a decent picture taken and post it . I'll have a pic of the original tag and the new, reproduction tag . I am currently contemplating reproducing the transmission tag as most are really messed up with dings, scratches and overspray . I allready have reproduced the Kohler engine tags for the K-171,181,241 and 301 . I guess I'm anal about seeing a beautiful finish job on a garden tractor and the engine tag is almost unreadable . For me, going the extra step makes the effort all worthwhile . 


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Posted October 03, 2013 - 07:23 PM

Looks good Mike.Keep up w/the good work,and keep us posted. :thumbs:  :thumbs:


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Posted October 03, 2013 - 07:41 PM

Great work!!  :rocker2:  :rocker2:  :worshippy1:  :worshippy1:

 

 

 

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Posted October 03, 2013 - 08:30 PM

Awesome job. I haven't powder coated anything yet but I know it sure is getting popular. Your project makes my mouth water to see all those parts painted. My MF12 is all SB & primed waiting until I recover from surgery to start my finish coats...your very inspiring. Looking forward to your progress. I almost forgot the little rear reflectors add a nice touch on the 72. Thanks for sharing. 


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Posted October 04, 2013 - 11:05 AM

Here's a few pictures of the Delco-Remy starter-generator tags I had engraved yesterday . One pic shows the old and new tags side by side , another shows a tag installed on my Cub 72's starter and finally I'm including a picture of my Kohler engine's tag . I just dropped off the transmission tag at my engraver and they think they can stamp the missing information onto the embossed tag . If it works and the price is not too much I will do my Cub Cadet 72 and 104 transmission tags next . 

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Posted October 04, 2013 - 03:43 PM

They look great Mike.  Very nice!


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 06:53 PM

Like everyone said. Nice tags and great job on the restore.

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