I went to the annual Threshermen's show at Pontiac IL this past Sunday and on the way there, I saw a Cub in someone's yard with "for Sale" sign on it, "had" to stop and check it out on the way home.
I looked at it, saw that it was mostly all there and the engine wasn't "stuck" and seemed to have compression.
When the guy told me the price I basically had to buy it... had to unload my son's stuff from my trailer to go after it, 1st. which I did Monday. I wasn't looking to buy a tractor this weekend but I couldnt pass it up.
It took alot of work to "get ready" to go pick up my new machine (story later) as I didn't put a winch on my trailer, just to have to go borrow someone else's trailer (which lacks any sort of "load assistance device") to go get my stuff...... OK, my trailer's empty, so now I can go retrieve my new machine.
I make mention here of issues I see with it so far, much as "mental notes to self"... most I think I can handle, a few I may need to ask about.
--Serial number 559888 puts it at July 76... the month I turned 9 years old myself.
--has 50" deck that so far looks awesome, but have not seen the underside yet.
--Side covers gone, decals faded and paint too, but paint is quite intact. I could have sworn those covers were there when I 1st saw it on the way to the tractor show, as I was able to tell as soon as I saw it as I passed by, that it was a "quietline"
--Has Walbro carb that is plugged up solid. (didnt think they used Walbro on Kohler that far back?) carb says "52" in throat behind choke. I think I have Carter.Kohler #26 around here in case the varnish won't seperate itself from the Walbro. (the current carb needs bushed throttle shaft anyway)
-Starts on ether, sounds strong, won't take gas thru needle and seat. had bowl off, needle was kind of "glued to" seat by varnish, had to pry it loose (still plugged) had to file points is all, to get spark.
-- ignition switch works on/off but not to crank over, screwdriver across solenoid for that to happen;
this unit has headlights, could not get them to work via provided switch either. (lots of spiderwebs and corrosion among wiring terminals that are able to be seen so far)
--brake pedal was held down with "park lock", I released that and brake pedal flops with no resistance
--hole in tunnel cover where hydro release "should" poke thru;
-- steering, it seems to steer ok, not much slop noted so far but steering shaft sloppy loose in top of steering tube// is there a bearing/bushing supposed to be in there?
(this I might need some help with)
--found the " 12HP Kohler cast Iron Line" foil sticker on top of cyl head air baffle but could not find Model; or Spec numbers on it anywhere. I remember where I found the numbers on a friend's 1250 that I worked on a few years ago, nothing in that location on this unit.
--has hydraulic lift
--found (and went/put deposit on) a QA 42A snowblower yesterday via Craigslist, gotta go back when I have my pickup and not my Durango LOL.... came off a Cub 1100 (seller had tractor still, he uses that alll the time, 1st 1100 I think I have ever seen; see alot of differences between it and the 1200/1250's
supposed to be all there except the "lift link" and the "standoff" that holds the chute crank rod.
paid more than double for the blower what I did for the tractor but was still cheap vs what I see others of these blowers going for
how good do these single stage snow blowers work? I'm used to 2 stage self propelled walk behind snow blowers, how would the 1250 and single stage blower do as compared to say, a larger Toro or Ariens 2 stage walk behind? (my snow machine of choice these last 6-7 years has been a Deere 828D)
OK; now my Ariens GT19 has some "competition" in the barn; I have been looking all over the place for parts and attachments for that unit, and anything I can find for that tractor is priced at its weight in gold/ Cub stuff seems more plentiful and more affordable, more to pick thru (and pass over the high priced stuff, while still leaving plenty left to pick from) Now that I also have a Cub, my luck says that prices will skyrocket and the supply will "dry up" just as I get to the point of needing what ever I may be after at the moment,
hopefully that means that Ariens stuff will start coming out of the woodwork and be finally available???
I got rid of an S16 some years back partly for that reason; I do not want to do that with my GT,