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New Cub Cadet 149: The tear-down begins!

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Posted March 05, 2016 - 03:50 AM

Removed the rear tires and the front hubs off the tractor tonight.  After I removed the knucks I drove the spacer/bushing out of the front axle.  Both the bushing and bolts have a fair amount of wear.  I already had a set of bushings for my Toro zt that will fit the cub.  The new bushings are longer than the orginals but everything else is the same.  I had thought about drilling out the old knuckle bolt holes so that the bushing would go all the way through the knuckle.  The old retaining holes do have a fair amount of wear at the top and bottom holes.  Has anybody tried doing this?  If so, how has it worked?

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I also started sanding and cleaning the frame.  I still have a fair amount of work to do before I'm ready for any primer.20160305_001628.jpg 20160305_001040.jpg


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Posted March 07, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Removed the front steering knuckles on the tractor.  The axle bushing/spacers had to be driven out because they were seized.  As a result, all of the wear was on the bolt and the hole that attached the knuckle to the axle.  Drilled the hole out with a stepped drill bit to a 5/8 hole and cut a metal spacer that was 1/4 in. thick by 1/2 I.D  x 5/8 O.D..  I pressed the spacer into the knuckle retaining holes, cut the axle bushing/spacer to length (These were a large diameter then the spacer that I used on the knuckles training holes), and inserted a new grade 8 bolt with a nylock nut. 

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All of the play was gone so I did the same process to the tie rod ends using a smaller spacer. 

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When I got everything put together the steering had very little play remaining.  But new problem arose.  I noticed when I put pressure on the spindle the whole steering gearbox was moving.  Upon inspection I found out why.  The cross support were the steering gearbox was connected was cracked.  The welds for the support was also cracked on the drivers side. 

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I'll have to clean off all of the paint around it and weld everything back together.  I'm glad I found it now and not after everything was put back together.  All of this is just part of the process.   


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Posted March 07, 2016 - 08:27 AM

What an educational trip for me my friend (I'm sure for you as well). You are doing your 149 proud!


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Posted March 07, 2016 - 10:43 AM

What an educational trip for me my friend (I'm sure for you as well). You are doing your 149 proud!

 Because I'm a teacher, I shouldn't be surprised that I'm trying to teach people about how I'm fixing my tractor.  It never occurred to me until you said that.  I've learned a lot about this tractor in a very short period of time.   I'm sure it will still have a few more surprises for me in the future.

 

My wife tried to tell me I should sell the 149 when I'm done using it.  That will be a cold day in hell when that happens.  I might even have to be buried with it when I die. :smilewink:


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Posted March 08, 2016 - 01:50 AM

Finished the right steering knuckle tonight.  I'm really happy how well this turned out.  I have almost zero play in my front end.  It feels like it's brand new.  The picture on the right shows the axle shaft bushing size compared to the bushing I put in the knuckle.  They also show the size of the tie rod bushing.

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Next, I had to finish welding up the cracks in the steering gearbox mounting bracket.  I also added a 1/8 x 3/4 piece of plate steel the length of the mounting bracket on it's bottom to give is more stength.  I was a big improvement from before.  The bracket still flexes but only a little bit on a hard turn. 

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Now I can finish getting it ready for primer!


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Posted March 11, 2016 - 01:48 AM

Finally got back on the tractor tonight.  I finished welding up the extra piece of metal that I added to the support bracket for the steering column.  I'm slowly getting better at my welding so I'm still having to grinding them down to look nice. :D

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After I finished with that I finished sanding the frame to get it ready for primer.  I also wrapped up the parts that I don't want paint on.  I'll degrease tomorrow after work and hopefully it's warm enough so that I can't put a coat of primer on.

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Posted March 12, 2016 - 12:31 AM

I couldn't primer the frame tonight because of the weather so I decided to focus my attention on the fel arms.  I moved the arms around seeing how much flex was occurring.  There was a lot!  The cracking was a lot worst than I thought!  The first thing I did was grind down all of the cracked welds and then I had to bevel the joint so that I could get good penetration of the welds. 

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Here are a couple of the welds.  I'm still a work in progress so I had to grind some of them back down and start over. 

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When I was done I put it on a flat piece of the floor and it sat flat.  I was worried that it would warp some but I didn't appear to.

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In the left picture can see that I had to weld the full length of the arm until the bend.

 

If the weather improves tomorrow I'm going to try and sandblast the fel and fenders.


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Posted March 12, 2016 - 06:01 AM

Boy that was good that you took care of those cracks !
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Posted March 12, 2016 - 06:19 AM

Wow! Lots of cracks! Good job!


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Posted March 12, 2016 - 07:36 PM

Boy that was good that you took care of those cracks !

 

 

Wow! Lots of cracks! Good job!

 

Have you ever seen one that had this many cracks?

 

I think the PO must have really used and abused this tractor!  I need to come up with a name for her.  Kenny has Alice so I need to have a name for mine.


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Posted March 12, 2016 - 07:45 PM

The weather finally warmed up today so I could spray some primer on the frame. 

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Posted March 12, 2016 - 08:09 PM

This collector had to repair a lot on his RD1000 loader before he could complete his resto on his sweet little 71 Cub Cadet.

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Posted March 12, 2016 - 08:26 PM

That is a sweet looking tractor!   It has a great stance and look to it!   :love:

Did the tractor come with the loader?

I've thought about putting dually tires on my tractor just for the heck of it.  What type of bracket did you end of using to attach the tires?
Where did you find the stickers for the loader?


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Posted March 13, 2016 - 07:07 AM

Mark the tractor was restored in Vermont, the loader was found in North Carolina un restored and brought back to Vermont. He had to do a lot of repairs to the implement before paint. The decals for the loader are a copy which was done by someone in Vermont and they were pricey but nicely done. I can't remember if the dual wheel kit is OEM I.H. or if it is one of the M.E. Miller tire kits. The tractor made the front page on Cadet Connection magazine a few yrs back to include the full story of his 71 CC (it is a 7 hp Kohler K series). It also had the weight box on the rear.
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Posted March 13, 2016 - 07:15 AM

I have used two sets of the dual wheel kits from Miller Tire (millertire.com), they seemed to function fine for me but a little tricky if you want to add weights. Kits are under $50 less shipping.

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