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#61 JoeMopar OFFLINE  

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Posted February 02, 2014 - 04:05 PM

Here's a starter group on Facebook : https://www.facebook...ctorCollectors/

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Posted February 06, 2014 - 08:19 PM

An update on the latest progress on the 124's engine re-assembly and the restoration of the headlight assembly . I've been continuing to attach sheet-metal covers to the Kohler 12HP engine . The rebuilt carb and linkage is installed as well as the PTO and front pulley . In the next day or so I will remove the hood from the Cub in preparation for the engine install . 

I purchased the complete headlight assembly with taillight . All of the pieces have been cleaned , primed and painted . I first wire-brushed everything after washing all the dirt off in hot soapy water . One headlight bulb was cracked so it was replaced . All external and internal threads were chased ( ran a tap through the holes and a die over the studs ) . I spent a little extra time buffing the head of the headlight switch . I also found that scratches could be removed from the taillight lens with 3600, then 4500 grit wet or dry paper . It came out almost looking like new .

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  • Restored Taillight and lense Cub 124 001.JPG
  • Restored headlight assembly and engine progress Cub 124 001.JPG
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  • Restored headlight assembly and engine progress Cub 124 003.JPG
  • Restored headlight assembly and engine progress Cub 124 004.JPG
  • Restored headlight assembly and engine progress Cub 124 005.JPG

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Posted February 06, 2014 - 09:50 PM

Looking good as usual Mike. I bought a head light set up for my 1200 a couple of weeks ago. Installed them and one of the beams was burnt out. I was looking on line and E-Bay for a replacement beam, prices all over the place, 15-20 $$ on E-Bay for used ones. Went to the local parts store today to see if the had some. No problem $ 6.75 out the door, think I'm going to go buy a few more for the up coming tractors and to have a spare.


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Posted February 06, 2014 - 09:55 PM

Looking good as usual Mike. I bought a head light set up for my 1200 a couple of weeks ago. Installed them and one of the beams was burnt out. I was looking on line and E-Bay for a replacement beam, prices all over the place, 15-20 $$ on E-Bay for used ones. Went to the local parts store today to see if the had some. No problem $ 6.75 out the door, think I'm going to go buy a few more for the up coming tractors and to have a spare.

I know what you mean . The new taillight had both bulbs burnt out . Checked Ace and Autozone . No luck . A local small parts store had them for less than $2 each so I bought the whole box . I have also purchased 12volt tractor headlight bulbs at the local Habitat for Humanity store . A buck apiece ! They only had two but the price was right and I finally used the last one here . It sure pays to shop around .


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 09:38 PM

Looks good Mike. Question . Were all Cub engines suppose to be yellow ? Just certain models, years, or engines ? Curious because the motor in my 1200 is black, so is that correct or a replacement engine ?

All the Cubs up to the Quietline series had engines painted yellow.  The quietlines and 82 series had engines in them that were painted flat black.  If you had a black engine in a Cub that is older than a quietline it is a replacement engine.

 

From what I know, the older Cubs, mostly narrow frames were all yellow except for the black floor rests , the white hood and the silver grill screen . I purchased a brochure for the 72 to 105 Cubs and they all appear to be painted yellow after they were completely assembled ( except for the hood , footrests , grill ) . The pictures on the brochure show the engine and wiring all painted yellow , making it tough to trace out wires since they were all yellow ! I would guess that when they were bought out by MTD the engine color changed to all black . The later wide frames are not my area of expertise, yet . Were all the K series engine painted yellow ? I'll ask that question to one of the F/B groups I belong to and see what answer we get . To be continued..............

 

Mike, looking EXCELLENT as usual!  On the grill of these they were actually not painted silver but were an anodized finish the same as the bolts.  I know you didnt say painted but I just wanted to throw that in there for anyone that might not know.

 

By the way I like the Porsche.  NICE!!  Wonder what the boys from Top Gear U.K. would think about that?  LOL!!!!!!!


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 02:36 AM

Finally have the engine in the frame . Now it's time to add all the heat shields, fuel tank mount , etc .  Ordered two new PTO wear buttons, one for the 124 and another for the 104 for next fall's restoration . I'm also gathering a bunch of pieces to haul up to the powder coater to get ahead on the 104 . Nice to have parts done and ready for assembly sitting on the shelf . The new Stens muffler is on order, along with the clamp, as the entire original unit was so rusty that it couldn't be saved . After the lesson learned on the taillight refinish, I think I'll try to restore the steering wheel rather than replace it . 

I still have about three week's more work to go before she will be ready to start for the first time .

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  • Engine set in position on frame rails 2-7-14 003.JPG
  • Engine set in position on frame rails 2-7-14 004.JPG

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Posted February 08, 2014 - 06:03 AM

Wow, a whole lot of pretty in this thread. I'm talking tractor pics BTW. :D

Just getting caught back up on this, Thanks for sharing your restoration(s). They look great
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Posted February 15, 2014 - 06:02 PM

Update of progress on the 124 : The engine is permanently installed along with the PTO and associated linkage . The clutch was pre-assembled before the engine was installed and will only need final adjustment . The fuel tank was a real bear to get a suitable paint finish but thanks to elbow grease and 3200 then 4500 wet/dry paper it turned out fine . One picture shows the upper bearing I was able to install in the top of the steering column . I also installed the fasteners that attach the grill casting to the frame . Lots more to do . The steering wheel needs to be restored/replaced along with a new center cap and logo . I also need to order a new fuel bowl and replace the rubber tubing that was installed between the fuel bowl and carb with copper tubing . She's finally getting there ! I'll be dropping both the 124 and 104's Kohler engine tags off at the silk screener to have the numbers engraved on the new, blank tags I made .

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  • Cub 124 progress 2-15-2014 006.JPG
  • Cub 124 progress 2-15-2014 007.JPG
  • Cub 124 progress 2-15-2014 010.JPG
  • Cub 124 fuel tank 2-15-2014 002.JPG
  • Cub 124 fuel tank 2-15-2014 004.JPG

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Posted February 15, 2014 - 09:32 PM

Nice restoration!!!
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Posted March 14, 2014 - 03:28 PM

Things move slowly when it's cold in the garage ! Here's an update to the progress so far : Purchased and installed the two new rear fender reflectors and brackets . For reproduction pieces they are quite good . Also added the new air-cleaner decal . Retrieved the Kohler engine tag from the engraver , polished the four small push clips and installed the tag on the engine shroud ( I'll post a close-up of the tag installed if anyone wants to see it ) . Installed the new muffler clamp . I still have to restore the steering wheel or purchase a better one . The engine needs oil and the coil to point wire assembly is in and needs to be installed . Then I hope I'll be able to get her running without any hiccups ! Show time is fast approaching and I can't wait to show her off .

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Posted March 14, 2014 - 03:38 PM

Really nice job.


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Posted March 14, 2014 - 04:06 PM

That looks super. I am really liking that tractor and I think I'll look for a CC for my next project. 


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Posted March 14, 2014 - 04:32 PM

Here's some closeup pics of the latest parts I installed on the 124 : The decal and reflectors are aftermarket items and I made my own reproduction Kohler engine tag .

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Posted March 15, 2014 - 09:29 AM

Very nice restoration!!
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Posted March 15, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Great job! That 124 came out beautiful, thanks to your attention to detail. Thanks for saving another old GT.


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