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#1 Mark 149 J. ONLINE  

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Posted May 12, 2016 - 11:25 PM

Tonight was my first test drive of my Cub Cadet 149.  I've had this tractor since Jan. 2016.  For the past 5 months I have been busy refurbishing it.  (You can see the story of this project at  http://gardentractor...ar-down-begins/)  It has been a fun, difficult, challenging, rewarding, frustrating, and fulfilling project.  I've had a lot of help from many people on this website and from my 9 year old son.  I've had to sacrifice a Cub 129 and 122 to bring it back to life.  

This is my first tractor and I've learned a lot.  I learned how to:

  •  Rebuild FEL cylinders
  • Refresh a steering gearbox
  • Work on Kohler motors (K341 and K301)
  • Paint
  • Weld better (still a work in progress)
  • Use GTalk for help (very easy)
  • Make new friends

 

It's not totally complete but I had to drive it tonight!!

 

Here is a link to a YouTube video of my test drive.

https://www.youtube....eature=youtu.be

 

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Posted May 13, 2016 - 04:21 AM

Very nice looking restoration.

One of the photos reminded me of a "caption this".

The one with the young fellow looking at the loader.

He is thinking, "I wish he would let me drive that tractor"!


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Posted May 13, 2016 - 04:37 AM

Congrats! Looking sweet!


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Posted May 13, 2016 - 05:46 AM

Great looking tractor :thumbs:  


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Posted May 13, 2016 - 07:13 AM

Nice! 


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Posted May 13, 2016 - 07:27 AM

Looking good!


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Posted May 13, 2016 - 07:28 AM

How does it drive?


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Posted May 13, 2016 - 09:12 AM

Very nice looking restoration.

One of the photos reminded me of a "caption this".

The one with the young fellow looking at the loader.

He is thinking, "I wish he would let me drive that tractor"!

Your spot on!  Right after that picture was taken, he wanted to "play" with the tractor.  I let him use the fel controls but I'm not ready to let him drive it.  He also wants to race my tractor against his tractor (1973 AMF lawn tractor).  That will happen soon enough


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Posted May 13, 2016 - 09:17 AM

How does it drive?

It drives really good!  With the upgrades on the steering it will actually go strait.  I still have some adjustment to make with the brake/hydro controls.  If you push on the brakes you stop almost instantly.  Not good if you have the bucket full.


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Posted May 13, 2016 - 09:23 AM

Easy to unload that way!


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Posted May 13, 2016 - 09:31 AM

Good point!
Of coarse, if I have a load of river rock in it, like I plan, it sure will make a mess of my lawn.

Edited by Mark 149 J., May 13, 2016 - 12:51 PM.

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Posted May 13, 2016 - 12:25 PM

You said that you sacrificed a 129 in the process. Any good parts still left? I have a 129 myself to get back into shape and will be needing a few things. I couldn't get the whole thing being as far away as you are to me.
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Posted May 13, 2016 - 12:50 PM

You said that you sacrificed a 129 in the process. Any good parts still left? I have a 129 myself to get back into shape and will be needing a few things. I couldn't get the whole thing being as far away as you are to me.

Sorry, I'm going to keep what's remain, which isn't much, just in case. The cost of parts for these tractors is just to expensive. About the only thing I would be will to sell is the spring assist for the lift.
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Posted May 13, 2016 - 05:10 PM

Sorry, I'm going to keep what's remain, which isn't much, just in case. The cost of parts for these tractors is just to expensive. About the only thing I would be will to sell is the spring assist for the lift.

I was looking for parts like the shift lever, engine to driveshaft coupling flange (if it ain't wore out like what I have already)   and maybe the hydro release plungers.



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Posted May 13, 2016 - 06:20 PM

Very well done.

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