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I have decided to permanently retire the Monk (my 1949 Cub). I want to keep it like it is.
After some consideration I have bought another one. Itâ€™s a real nice â€™59 with fast hitch and a complete Woods 42" mower. It has all the correct linkage (no chains). I WILL use this Cub. Problem is â€¦its in KY and Iâ€™m here in AZ.
Iâ€™ll be leaving Tuesday morning on a 3800 mi. round trip CubQwestâ€¦draggin the Cub Hauler.
I know this is short notice but if there is anyone on the Farmall Cub Forum, near me here in SE Arizona, that needs something hauled east let me know. I will be traveling through S. New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri ( US 10, 20, 30, 40 and 55 mostly). I am going back empty as of right now.
The tractor also comes with a sickle bar mower, and a mold board plow that snaps into the fast hitch. Is it much work to break down the sickle bar mower so it will fit into the back of my Ford standard bed? What tools should I take along?
Iâ€™m looking forward to the trip. I will be taking my Powerbook to provide updates and emergency calls for assistance to the Farmall Cub Forum.
Last edited by Arizona Mike on Thu Jun 03, 2004 11:15 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Well, Ky is close to me! I could keep an eye on it for you until you can pick it up. Of course, there'd be no hurry to do so! It's the least I can do for a fellow cubber!
You can separate the cutter bar from the mower frame at the hinge fairly easily.
I always find the cutter bar to hinge pins stuck and impossible to remove.
You can remove the pitmat then (usually) knock the pin out that holds the coupling bar to the flywheel shaft tube.
Thanks Bigdog and Jim. Guess I'll take along a hammer, some steel pins and some penetrating oil in the toolbox.
Had a new receiver made for this trip...6.5" drop...Cub hauler is sitting nicely now with all four tires tracking flat on the road. Thought this might be a good idea.
Should I direct my posts for emergency road assistance to you Jim since you're there in TX anyway. What's the most convenient time for me to call if I break down
Bigdog..could I get some work done on this one at your place if I stored it there for a couple of days? Do you have plenty of food and drink
I'll check in tomorrow..hopefully from Sweetwater, TX.
Last edited by Arizona Mike on Tue Jun 01, 2004 3:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Don't worry about waiting for a convenient time to call. If you break down, just send me an email any time. I'll read it at a convenient time.
Made it to Sweetwater, TX ...720 miles from home.
Everything is going very good. The cub hauler is towing like it isn't even there. I lowered the tire pressure down to 30 psi on the trailer so there is no bouncing around.
My experience from my youth...backing telephone pole trailers into tight spots.. is coming in handy, but I'm not as good as I used to be. I guess that goes for alot of things though
Well Jim since I won't be in TX anymore after tomorrow morning I guess I'll call Bigdog if I breakdown
Hopefully by tomorrow night I will be in strikin' distance of the 59. Sure hope its as nice as it looks in the pictures he sent, and everything works.
I'll check back tomorrow again.
Memphis TN... 1430 miles from home and closing in on cub #2. The sign across the street from the Holiday Inn says.."ELVIS..HE DARED TO ROCK."
A great day of traveling. Itâ€™s nice to be back in the heartland. Living in AZ for the past fifteen years I have gained a new appreciation for this area of the good old USA where I grew up. As I got into the GREEN trees and GREEN fields of NE TX and SE AK my sinus passages cleared up and healed again. The clouds were hanging low and heavy near the ground, visibility down to about two miles, but only a very light mist of rain was falling. This kind of weather could be depressing to some but the GREEN was just overpowering to meâ€¦beautiful.
As I drove along past the small 20,30 and 40 A. pieces of ground cut into the thick tree growth that at one time had been farm fields, I wondered how many cubs had been used back then around here on those small plots. Not much of anything has been planted or even turned over yetâ€¦I guess due to all of the rain. Rivers, ponds and low-lying areas are filled to capacity.
The highway dept. was out doing their first cutting of the grass along the way. The fresh air was thick with oxygen, great smells and humidityâ€¦ it was very nice for a desert guy to enjoy. Saw a couple of beautiful old grey barns and recalled johnâ€™s story about the barn wood.
I saw three or four Farmall Mâ€™s and Hâ€™s that were dark brown, wet and rusting away in the fields along the roadway.
Had the distinct dishonor of passing the boyhood home of the dishonorable Pres. Bill Clitonâ€¦and oh yesâ€¦ before I forget...be sure to mark your calendarsâ€¦.only 190 more days until the Cliton Library in Little Rock opens. I know many will want to be thereâ€¦NOT.
Sorry for all the rambling on about green stuff. It is green where I live too, but not like this. With a little TLC and my new workinâ€™ cub maybe I will be able to make it greener in my part of AZ.
Hope to see and load up the â€™59 tomorrow morning over in KY.
Cub Hauler-Gitter is trackin' good..only problem so far has been a blown fuse that knocked out my traiker lights for about ten minutes.
I'll check back again tomorrow.
Last edited by Arizona Mike on Tue Jun 01, 2004 3:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Sounds like you're on a great Cubventure. We enjoy the reports keep them coming. And drive safe
watch out for blizzards and closed mountain passes
and i thought i'd traveled a fair piece for Primer Pete.. 1200 miles round trip. not compared to your little trip. very
sure hope Big dog didn't get there first
'If they're tappin', they're not burnin'
Hey now! I'm tryin' to be good!
It's tough isn't it, Bigdog
Those mountain passes and the blizzard was a piece of cake. I would do it tomorrow but I'm now in Mississippi. Ain't no mountain passes here Just a lot of mud
FASTEST CUB IN THE USA.
I had my new cub up to 75 mph this afternoon. These things are very fast when you're haulin' um.
Made a fairly quick trip up the"Music Highway" today (Memphis to Nashville). It was another beautiful drive. Then just past Bowling Green into real Cub country...Kentucky. Got the '59 loaded up and headed back for Memphis about 12:30, but I had to stop along the way at Natchez Trace State Park. I had always heard it was nice and it is very nice. Got into a major converstaion about Cubs, GW and Senator Edward Kennedy with some folks there. We talked until they talked me into unloading the Cub and cutting some grass...so I did that for 20 minutes or so...Everything is OK except when the PTO is engaged and those two blades spin out they bang around alot until the rpms get up. Is that normal?
I re-loaded the Cub about 4:30...It was starting to rain. He said he was glad to finally be getting out of Kentucky.
I'm headed back west tomorrow.
Sorry that I firgot to bring my USB cable so no pictures.
"ELVIS...HE DARED TO ROCK"
Last edited by Arizona Mike on Thu Jun 03, 2004 11:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Mike, Are you sure that all that spinning & banging around noises were not G.W & E.K. rattling there swords or fumblin round trying to get their dueling pistols in hand to out-do each other?.
Keep us posted. __ My money is on G.W.
Then came Bronson
Those swing-away blades will do that until the centrifugal force is sufficient to throw them out.
Back in Sweetwater, TX.
It was another easy drive todayâ€¦two or three brief showers, but the highway is 95% in perfect shape.
I did hit the early three oâ€™clock part of the Friday night five oâ€™clock Dallas commuter traffic. I would say that over half the folks in Dallas are taking off early on Friday. (Not bad, but during my working years I never worked even one Fridayâ€¦there were just too many other important things to do.) Anyway, being in all of this traffic made me feel lucky to be retired. The cub gitter enabler, and the cub gitter enabler puller did well in the traffic. The trailer has good electric brakes and overall has done excellent. Even on the rougher roads, pulling off to get gas, everything bounces nice. I had some large pieces of foam rubber and two old sofa cushions to lay the sickle bar and plow on. They havenâ€™t moved an inch since I left KY. My only problem on the entire trip so far has been a blown 20 amp trailer lights fuse. I shorted the whole system out when I was trying to reconnect a light that had come looseâ€¦I touched the connector to the frame. At this point I was going to email Jim and Bigdog for emergency road service, but I had it fixed before I could. I always carry extra fuses. The truck has forty or more different fused circuits on two different fuse panels.
The more I look at this cub, the more I like it. Everything is used very little. The person I bought it from has taken very good care of everything. There is one small problem areaâ€¦The spindle that connects the tie rod to the axle on the left front wheel has a small weld at the top on the axle side. I want to put up a picture of that and get your idea on how to restore it correctly The sickle bar mower still has most of the original blue paint, and the plow has no ware at all.
I have just come back inside. There was a gentleman that was doing some serious lookin at the cub so I went out and we talked about the cubs for about 20 min.
Should be rollin in the driveway tomorrow evening about 5 or 6 pm.
SUNDAYâ€¦. Iâ€™LL BE MOWIN
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