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My new (old) loboy

Postby Pear » Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:33 pm

Hi all,
I ALWAYS wanted a tractor and have no use for one. When I was a kid in R.I I used to drive uncle Dick's big Farmalls, probably A or Super A.
A while ago I was offered a Cub for $200 that had sat in a field here in Petaluma ,Ca. (chicken ranch country) for years. Got it home, got it running and have most items working now except the touch control Hydraulics.
She is cute with her new headlights and tail light. She is a 1947 LoBoy with hydraulics and an early serial number of 530 (started at 501). My "reason" to have it is for the grandkids to ride with me.
So next I need a grill and side skirts, then she will look like a lady.
At some point the decision will be made: either a full on restoration, or just arrest the decay, but for now it's just fun.posting.php?mode=post&f=1#
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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby Urbish » Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:26 pm

Others here may skewer me, but unless something else is amiss, I think a loboy with a serial number of 530 would indicate that it is a 1955. The loboys had their own series of numbers and were first built in 1955.

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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:34 pm

I have 2 relatively low numbered lo-boys, they are 55's, first hear of lo-boy manufacture.
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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby Pear » Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:06 am

You all may be correct, but I am leaning towards the early year for these reasons: Hood sides have a chrome McCormack Farmall plate on a white background. It's a 6V positive ground system, and all the parts I bought thinking it was a '47 are correct having Steiner Tractor look them up by serial number, and there are a couple more reasons I can't remember!
O yea, all the pictures of '47 loboys look like mine, but that may be pretty weak reasoning. And the serial number search on this site says '47 also. (it's also a round nose)
The McCormick Farmall chrome emblems on a white rectangular background are what is throwing me off, not seen those before.
Maybe I can use block casting numbers?
Doesn't matter really except IT would be cooler if it was as old as I think. And I need a grill and would prefer the proper one for the year. :lost:
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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:25 am

You have been using the Farmall Cub serial number list. The Lo-Boys had a separate list. Lo-Boy 530 was built in July 1955, the first month Low-Boys were in production. The white background on he sides of the hood is not correct for your tractor.

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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby Pear » Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:44 am

O.K. Thanks, A 55 it is then. Would it say McCormick Farmall, or is the whole hood off another tractor?

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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby danovercash » Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:10 am

Check the engine serial number ( close to- behind and above carb) and some casting codes. They will be two numbers and a letter. Example: 11•27•W.get back with this info and we can better identify your tractor. Pictures would be great too!
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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:26 am

The only thing you have described that is not correct for 1955 is the white on the hood, which came along late in '56. The "McCormick" and "FARMALL" are not correct for any Lo-Boy. Maybe the fuel tank and hood are from another tractor. Your casting codes should mostly end with an "A". We need some pictures to be sure what you have.

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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby staninlowerAL » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:26 am

Welcome to the FORUM. Take a look at this manual from the link above, page 11 shows the 55 LoBoy with SN 501: http://www.farmallcub.com/[ Sorry, direct links to manual section is not allowed. ]/downloa ... %20OCR.pdf . Someone may have added the decals/emblems on your hood. You can find the differences in parts from this manual given the SN of your tractor. Enjoy your LoBoy as you build memories with your grandchildren. The picture attached is my 57 with FH in its original paint (with refurbished front rims) and emblems (missing part of the emblem on the hood) with a Bush Hog 412 mower. Stan
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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby Pear » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:01 pm

cub 2.JPG
http://farmallcub.com/phpBB2/download/file.php?mode=view&id=20941&sid=85e4d606b13114f063bead73e820d4b5

Not sure how to do a photo, so this may not have worked.
Serial # 530 J
clutch/trans housing is 351686-R2
engine block 2513A (or4) 1R7
These are rusted so if they don't make sense, I'll polish them up tomorrow.

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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby Pear » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:02 pm

The touch control hyd. housing is #360719-R1

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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby staninlowerAL » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:33 pm

Nice looking LoBoy, looks like it has a lot of potential. The numbers you posted are part numbers, usually can be identified with the letter R as next to the last number. These are important to be sure that replacement parts are compatable with the original part, like the TC rebuild kit. The casting codes previously described by Jim Becker and danovercash will ID the month/day/year of casting for those parts. The Parts Manual that I posted the link to above will tell you which parts changed from original or subsequent revisions but they are keyed to the tractor serial number. You can also review Raymond Durban's database for Cub LoBoy and find a lot of information that is important to know about your tractor. It's found in the second post in the Farmall Cub Forum. This link should take you there: download/file.php?id=18012
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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby danovercash » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:39 pm

Those are part numbers. Engine serial is stamped on to block not cast. Check out these pages.
http://www.tmtractor.com/id/castdate_loc.htm
http://www.tmtractor.com/id/id_004.htm
http://www.tmtractor.com/id/id_003.htm
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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby Don McCombs » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:44 pm

Your hood does not say McCormick Farmall. It says McCormick International Cub with the white background, which is consistent with a standard Cub of late 1956 to early 1958 vintage. Lo Boy hoods did not have the McCormick nameplate.
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Re: My new (old) loboy

Postby Pear » Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:32 pm

Thanks all. I have a cold and am not thinking clearly. (never am)! So it APPEARS I have a 1955 tractor with a 1956-58 era hood off a standard Cub and not a loboy. So the grill would be the slot type not the less $ wire grill ?
I'll pay attention to the posts about part numbers and castings another day.
Pear


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