Back home in Lufkin now. Drove through heavy rain with a truckload full of lawn mower carcasses.
I probably would have moved the tractor here already but there is a problem and it isn't space - it has to do with my truck.
It's a 92 Dodge 3/4 ton with the Cummins diesel and long bed, so moving the Cub would be a snap. The problem is, it doesn't have a limited slip rear end and it gets stuck in the mud so easy it's pathetic.
I keep it parked in a covered area at the end of the driveway where the previous owner kept his boat. Just 8 feet and I'm back on concrete, but when I first got it I got stuck in the mud three times. I had to go to a quarry near here at got a full load of something called blue rock. That fixed that, but unless it hasn't rained in about a month, any time I am on grass I risk getting stuck. I drove it once to where the tractor is and was careful to avoid the soft area. Sure enough, I got stuck and had to call someone to come pull me out.
I can't imagine a company making a 5000 pound 3/4 ton truck and not having a limited slip as standard equipment.
Need to find someone with a junker in their back yard with a limited slip and buy the axle from them. I've found that there aren't many folks who want to sell just the rear axle. Something about never being able to move their truck in the future-go figure! I would shop the junkyards but I admit I've been too lazy and busy with other stuff.
Changing it would be a bigger job than I'm willing to tackle and it really hasn't been a problem since I rarely need to go where it might get stuck.
But when I do, it kind of gets to me...
Well, I'll get off my soapbox about that now because other than that, it's just about perfect for me. A workhorse that never quits - over 300,000 miles on it.
Been running on biodiesel: better mileage, runs quieter and the exhaust smells like melted butter!
Getting back on topic, I have a plan. If I can get a U-Haul trailer to the ranch when my brother-in-law is there, we could use his truck to get the tractor on the trailer and move it over to the driveway of the main house. Once it's there, I'm good to go. I haven't mentioned any of this to him, but he'll probably be OK with it. He wants to get it running too, but doesn't have the time or mechanical skills to help.
Oh Ren--the car wash idea is excellent. I'll definitely do that if this moving thing happens.
Mike, I checked Ralph's cub site. Twelve bucks and I've got my own crank! Gonna order one tomorrow. One of the best things I've learned here about getting the Cub running again is how you can start and use it without a battery. I don't have to be thinking about whether the starter works or replacing the battery and chewed up cables until after the important things are taken care of. It warms my cheapskate, penny-pinching heart.
And dshawz, if I really try, I can make room for it here in the barn. I appreciate the canopy idea, though.
I better stop typing now or I might mess up the server with this long post...