I have had this tractor for about 2 months now, just finally took time to play with it today.
My son bought a '92 Cummins powered 4X4 truck from a guy, I went with to help check the truck out and also a week later, when he went to pick it up, to follow him home, and got the 129 "thrown in".
Got 2 pairs of IH/CC wheel weights for the rear, too with it. He had this tractor buried in his garage behind the truck so not been out in the weather.
It's been parked in the bed of my son's other truck since he got his "new" one, until last weekend when I rolled it off into my garage just in time to "not" get snowed on.
While we were there checking out the truck, I went over and "I-spy'd" this 129, just making mental notes of differences I saw between it and my 1250.
Got a deck with it too, looks like it has had some recent rework, good amount of newish looking hardware on it, spins smooth and quiet when engaged. Deck appears smaller than what the 1250 has.
I had mentioned it in another thread ("129 vs 1250" or something like that) just that I had it, not much else. Serial number says June 1972 build date.
the 1x8/1x9 series have always been one of my favorite Cubs, design/looks wise. Neighbor at the end of my block always had one, while I was growing up, he kept that thing looking like brand new, never used it for anything but a mower. His son still lives there, wonder if he still has his Dad's old mower?
Didn't take alot to get it to run, swapped the battery out of the 1250, put jumper cables onto it from a known good car battery I have on the shelf, found no spark.
but when I stopped cranking (left the key on in between tries to crank) and I let the magic smoke out from under the point cover. saying they were cooked, is an under statement.
so I put a new set of points/condenser I had laying around onto it, set the points (I forgot how much of a PITA it is, to get to the bottom screw holding the points in, on those units)
and tried again. New points started smoking. so I went and robbed the coil from my 1250 and I had spark. The PO had a "cool looking" chrome coil on it, probably a Mr Gasket, Accel, or something like that. but it's junk.
Once I had spark, I put the plug back in and gave it a shot of ether, it would not crank over past compression. It was weird, it would fire then backfire thru the carb, I could see it spin the right way then spin ~1/3 of a turn backwards, back n forth. It definitely has alot of compression!!!
The driveshaft pin that engaged the cup in the engine was badly worn, it's flat as a pancake, I'm surprised it didn't shear off as I tried to start it. and it would lurch "hard" forward every time it tried to fire, so I pulled the driveshaft clean out/ and then it spun right over, and started. this lurching is in spite of the fact that I have the pedal down and the park lock engaged...... weird.
It stared up and ran quite smooth, without a bit of smoke, despite having no idea how long it has sat.
I tempted fate and opened the shutoff, and let it run on what gas is left in the tank from the PO; looks greenish like maybe some left over 2 cycle mix... don't smell bad though.
The tunnel cover came to me in a cardboard box, the flap that disengages the valves on the hydro is busted off. I'm waiting for CC Specialties to get more in stock, I'm "on the list". I did already get a new fan for it from him, ready to put on.
The shift lever appears stripped, it feels very loose on there, lots of range of movement but doesn't feel like it's doing much... when it does "grab" I can see the linkage under the tunnel cover move
It moves toward neutral with the pedal, too.
This unit isn't going anywhere--yet anyway, have this one, the 1250, and am hot on the trail of a 1450 that is claimed to need valves, but so far, pix look better than my 1250 does. and then there is my Ariens GT19. and my Woods ZTR that now has a dead left side hydro....
something's gonna have to go away, gonna have to spend some time on all of em and then figure out what stays/ what doesn't.... "that" won't happen til spring, at the earliest!
Edited by dodge trucker, November 27, 2015 - 11:34 PM.