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#1 Gtractor ONLINE  

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Posted September 28, 2016 - 12:44 PM

ALWAYS wanted a  Cub Low Boy.  Theres only one around here close that I know of.  Been driving by it every day for years as its only 3/4 of a mile from here, between my home and town in an open front lean-to not 100 feet from the road.

After the MRS left for work this morning I drifted off back to sleep.  Get up at the crack of 9:30 AM ready to take on the day. 

Always get on GTT first thing in the morning.  Gotta see what people are working on or new acquisitions,  ETC. 

Then a little Facebook and out the door I go.  Well,  today I open facebook and we have a local swap-N-shop facebook page as I'm sure most communities do.  Somehow it prioritizes the swap-N-shop to the top of my feed even if its not the most recent post which is usually annoying but today I see THIS!!!

 

Couldn't believe my eyes!   Recognize the tractor right off.  The sellers name is conformation its the same tractor.  The post is already 14 hours old.   :wallbanging:  Scroll down..... no one had said "I'll take it" yet.  Just some questions about the tractor.  Blood pressure is now pegging the gauge!  Gotta go!

 

Pull on yesterdays pants in a hurry. 

[I'll make note of that next time the MRS is giving me heck about not putting my dirty clothes down the laundry chute]

Grab the checkbook and out the door I run. 

In 10 minutes the tractor is mine! 

Hasn't been used in a few years.  The guy used to own a eating establishment in town with a large yard and this is what he mowed the yard with for a couple of decades.  He retired and sold the place maybe 5-7 years ago. 

Borrowed the picture from the ad.  Not as nice as the picture makes it look.  Starter has quit while sitting and rear main seal is leaking badly.  Otherwise its supposed to run good and mow.   I doubt I'll use it as a mower.  Just always wanted one of these.  The year is 1956.

See,  Its a good thing I was reserved at the Pella, Iowa auction so I still have expendable funds in the bank account.  :smilewink:

 

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Edited by Gtractor, September 28, 2016 - 12:46 PM.

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Posted September 28, 2016 - 01:19 PM

I'm extremely jealous.  

I have a buddy that has been picking up 154s like crazy as of late, but I have a white-grill farmall cub lo-boy on my wish-list.  


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Posted September 28, 2016 - 02:40 PM

Looks good.
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Posted September 28, 2016 - 02:57 PM

No better feeling than finally getting that elusive tractor that you've been wanting.  Nice machine.  Congratulations!


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Posted September 28, 2016 - 03:12 PM

Nice looking rig. At lease the issues aren't major ones.
Is that clutch under the seat or up at the engine?
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Posted September 28, 2016 - 03:29 PM

That's a nice looking tractor.  Congrats!

 

I have a white-grill farmall cub lo-boy on my wish-list.  

 

 


Me too.  Unfortunately I don't have room for one because they won't let you build barns in the city.  Someday though... 


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Posted September 28, 2016 - 03:35 PM

Nice looking rig. At lease the issues aren't major ones.
Is that clutch under the seat or up at the engine?

Clutch on that rig should be just rear of the engine in that bell-housing.  

You can kinda see where it attaches to the engine in his pictures.


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Posted September 28, 2016 - 04:20 PM

My fil had a cub that was yellow and white and the clutch was under your nether region
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Posted September 28, 2016 - 04:33 PM

But ----------------------- it's not GREEN!   :D   :D   :D 

 

Congrats on the nice find!!!   :thumbs:   :thumbs:   :thumbs:


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Posted September 28, 2016 - 04:41 PM

Nice looking IH.


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Posted September 28, 2016 - 05:38 PM

nice, glad you saw it before it was gone, the hotel still there in the center, had its own parking garage, lived there for a bit while temp duty at the recruiting office back around 81


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Posted September 28, 2016 - 05:53 PM

Congrats.    :dancingbanana: 

The early lo-boys were my favorite.

I settled for a 154, but always wanted a mid 50's model.


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Posted September 28, 2016 - 08:18 PM

nice, glad you saw it before it was gone, the hotel still there in the center, had its own parking garage, lived there for a bit while temp duty at the recruiting office back around 81

That would have been the "Strand Hotel".   Building is still there.  Bout 12-15 years ago it was renovated into up-scale apartments with some major tax incentives and government grants. Rent was [as usual] more than local jobs could support.  Most units set vacant for a couple of years and the proprietors finally decided any tenant was better than no tenant and opened it up to income-based rent and then it was filled to capacity with people with developmental disabilities that had previously been in nursing homes.  Rent in the renovated hotel was cheaper than nursing home care and government funding meant a guarantee of rent every month.

Everyone thought that they'd found the rainbows end - for a week or two.

 Well, the tenants would run up and down the hall every night pulling the fire alarm and generally causing trouble because they were people that should have been in a nursing home and needed to be supervised.  Fire dept. got tired of 4-5 false alarms every night and the city came down on the owners of the building and made them install security cameras so they could find out who pulled the alarms.  The offending tennants were sent back to nursing homes where they came from.  The few tenants that were there originally sued to get out of their contract because they were getting evacuated 4-5 times every night by the fire dept. and couldn't get any sleep. 

Just another waste of tax dollars.   :wallbanging:

The city now charges for false alarms from manually pulled alarms and automatic security systems. 

The restaurant on the ground floor shut down when it stopped being a hotel.


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Posted September 28, 2016 - 08:45 PM

The Lo Boys before the 154's were the Farmall Cub with the final drive drop boxes flipped forward to lower the rear end and shorter front spindles to lower the front.  Beyond that they were the same machine.

 

Congrat's on finally getting it.  Here's a picture of our 55' model made the first month of production.  I just rebuilt the entire drive train from the torque tube to the rear wheels this spring.  All new seals and bearings and a new 2nd gear set.  Have fun with it, I love our's for plowing snow.  It can move a lot more than my Cub Cadets can.

 

 

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Posted September 28, 2016 - 10:31 PM

Looks like they would be a nice stable tractor. :thumbs:

A friend had a yellow and white one. He liked it but the shift forks must have been bent because it would get stuck in gear.

Those mower decks are sure close to the rear wheels. 






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