Glad to be here! I'm the proud new owner of 162239 J, which from what I can tell so far is a 1953 Farmall Cub with a very new Woods L59 mower deck, an original sickle bar mower, two rear plows, a snow plow, tire chains, and some free rust.
The good news is that it fires up immediately (12V battery, tho) and runs great, very quiet, and the mower deck is quiet as well... The hydraulics work well in both directions, and the PTO and tranny both stay engaged. I think it was worth the $700 I paid.
But I do see a small hole in the radiator (and missing grill and hood supports), some wetness below the hydraulic unit (no real drips thankfully), a slow leak in the carburetor, and a healthy drip of gear lube on the rear left axle. So I guess whatever can leak, is leaking. But what a cool tractor
My question is this - is there a place, or better yet, THE place to take this tractor to be inspected and given the once-over here in the Albany, NY area. I don't want to "restore" it to show quality, I want to use it as a good working tractor, but I don't want to rely on myself to give it the hairy eyeball test, being so new to the Farmall Cub... I looked up the IH dealers in the area and called around, and they are willing to look at it, but the dealer isn't always the best place to go... In fact, the dealer is rarely the best place to go with something this old I'd be guessing...
Any suggestions or shared wisdom would be GREATLY appreciated!