Well , I don't know where to start my sad story . I guess at the beginning .
About 9 months ago a man told me of a fellow that had 6 cub cadets he'd like to sell as a group . I went to look at them and we agreed on a price for the lot , except he changed his mind at the last moment and decided to keep one of the cubs . Well he also had a big ugly rusty blue tractor that I thought was a Bolens , but later discovered it was a MTD 990 . He agreed to substitute the 990 for the cub that he decided to keep .
Well after I got the 990 home , it kind of grew on me .
I did a little research and a lot of parts searching and finally decided to restore it .
I spent countless time and money restoring what most people would have consider a parts machine .
The frame and all body parts were completely stripped .
Engine work , carb rebuild , new driveshaft , front axle , new electrical wiring , new tires , body work and paint , just to name some of the work done .
I had a plow day this past weekend that I've gone to every year since 2005 and I was wanting to take my 990 , so I finished welding up the rear lift for it on Thursday night to have it ready to plow on Saturday morning .
About the only thing I didn't get done was to install the new hood decal since the paint on the hood was only a few days old , so I decided to put the hood decals on after I returned from plowday .
I drove up Friday afternoon , which was a beautiful day and got a room for the night .
Well , it was raining Saturday morning when I got up and it rained almost all day .
The field was muddy when it finally stop , but a few of us decided to make a few passes anyways . I left my freshly painted 990 and my recently restored Cub Original on the trailer . I made a few passes in the mud with my cub 982 , since I had driven 3 1/2 hours to be there .
I had a good time anyway that evening eating lunch and BS ing with old friends and we said our goodbyes before my return trip home .
My return trip home didn't quite go as I had planned .
Without going into detail ( so don't ask ) its not a pleasant experience to have your trailer hitch break off your truck while going down the interstate . Luckily the only vehicles damaged was to my trailer and minor damage to the rear of my truck . It could have been a lot worse , and I thank God no one else was involved .
Needless to say all three tractors suffered some damage with the MTD getting the worst of it .
The two cubs will be repaired but I believe the 990 is a total loss as it got pancaked between the two cubs and the guardrail .
The first picture below is when I first brought the basket case 990 home last winter .
The second , third and fourth pictures are right before I loaded it on the trailer Friday to go to plow day.
The fifth picture is it sitting on the trailer waiting on the rain to end with my cubs .
The last ones are after the carnage on the return trip home .
I still haven't accessed all the damage as by the time I got home it was getting dark , but so far I know its got a busted grill , carb , and carb elbow , bent engine sheet metal , air breather and hood , cracked dash , busted rear axle .
Right now I'm really disgusted with myself , and I'm going to wait a couple of days after I calm down to revaluate the whole situation .
Edited by Jlaws, October 22, 2013 - 08:55 AM.