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#1 EricFromPa OFFLINE  

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Posted July 28, 2011 - 12:57 PM

Well long story short I rebuilt my Cub 127 after it acquired an slight engine knock and alot of blow-by.

Fresh .010 over block new rod new .010 piston .010 rings bearings the works.

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Posted July 28, 2011 - 12:59 PM

After Pics.

I think the old girl turned out pretty good.

Still need to pick up new headlights and get the paint off of the tires.

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Posted July 28, 2011 - 01:26 PM

Looks good Eric, I think you did a good job.
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Posted July 28, 2011 - 03:02 PM

I have the original rear rims and tires 23x8.50?x12 that I will be Loading with washer fluid and putting chains on for winter duties.
The rims on the cub are off of a JD214? 23x10.50x12 and the Off-Set is different.Chains will not clear the inner fender wells.There is 1/4 of an inch between the inner fender and the tires with 12lbs of air in the tires.They did make the tractor extremely stable while mowing the hill.And I only paid $40 for the tires and rims.No rust,no holes and no dry rot.

The dash tower is slightly tweaked on the top,I thought the grill was but I had it off and even measured the gap between the grill and lower dash. I'm going to be using it and not showing it so it's good enough for me.

The dash decals are the original ones.I masked them off,painted the hood,wet sanded and clear coated the hood and over the decals.


I just noticed I forgot to put the aluminum window screen mesh behind my home made grill insert.
it's painted white as is the grill that I made out of Metal Lath.I think the Lath looks better than the stock grill would of any way.

Edited by EricFromPa, July 28, 2011 - 03:15 PM.


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Posted July 28, 2011 - 03:05 PM

Great job Eric! She looks so good now.
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Posted July 28, 2011 - 04:43 PM

Amazing job!! I hope to have one of mine looking that nice someday.
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Posted July 28, 2011 - 05:17 PM

Sure looking good. I bet she really appreciates it!
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Posted July 28, 2011 - 05:18 PM

Great work Eric! She looks like a new machine!
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Posted July 28, 2011 - 05:26 PM

Nice looking Cub there. Great job putting on the makeup. Thanks for the pics.
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Posted July 28, 2011 - 05:32 PM

:thumbs: GREAT JOB Eric!! :thumbs:


That is exactly what I need to do to my 109.
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Posted July 28, 2011 - 06:07 PM

Nice Job :bounce:
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Posted July 28, 2011 - 06:27 PM

very nice looking 127. should last many many more years of mowing. i hope my 124 comes out looking that good. seems like painting is one of the most difficult parts of restoration. i have many hours already spent just trying to get a decent paint job. its my first time using a gun and its a challenge. i'm sure i also wasted some paint, applying the paint and wet-sanding it because it didn't look right
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Posted July 28, 2011 - 07:37 PM

Great job Eric, you're hired to rebuild the Kohler for and to restore the Springfield 12 HP.
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Posted July 28, 2011 - 08:38 PM

I don't take the tires off of the rims Unless they don't hold air.It's so easy to ruin a good tire with 1 slip of the pry bar.

The paint is on THICK.I rolled on 2 coats with a small roller.Then sanded and sprayed 2 more coats.I bought to much paint,thinner and hardener and that stuff doesn't keep well in my little in my little Oven of a workshop/shed.

1 Quart of white and 2 Quarts of that beautiful Safety Yellow.The paint is a very very close match and at the price of Cub Cadet Orange being $30-$34 a quart and $12-$15 for the Bombs I'll stick with the Valspar for $8.00 a Quart

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Posted July 28, 2011 - 11:45 PM

i bought paint from the dealer, $24 per quart. not really cheap but it is the right color paint. safety yellow? never heard of it, to be completely correct cub cadets were painted in "federal yellow". the paint i have been buying is the "caseIH ironguard federal yellow". i tried some valspar cub cadet yellow, wasnt happy with it. i dont want my IH looking like some MTD machine. seems like the "modern" cub cadets use a different shade of yellow than our IH machines. i want my tractor to have the same color it wore when it left the factory.

when im done with the 124 i want it to look as show quality as possible, i will be buying new tires. those old tires are dried up. im sure the paint isnt going to be perfect, but im trying. i already went through the trouble of using body filler to attempt to get those fenders good and smooth. im certainly am not rushing this project. i have the 147 to mow with so i am in no hurry.




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