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1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby Mechanical Engineer » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:16 pm

Hey everyone. I bought some land and it had a old farm all on it.... well I've decided to try to rebuild it from the ground up but just by the looks it's in pretty bad shape. However I did talk to the man that owned it and he said that it ran good when the parked it almost 20 years ago. At this point I'm just wondering if anyone has and tips for seeing if it is worth trying to redo before I get to deep into and see that it can't be done without having to spend a fortune. I seen the checklist someone posted but this one isn't in that good of shape I don't think. Thanks!

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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby Mechanical Engineer » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:52 pm

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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby Kent F » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:14 pm

Looks like a winner to me!! My vote is to get it going!
I started tinkering last year and am very happy I've done so.
Lots of great information here, keep digging.
Good Luck!

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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby Eugene » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:24 pm

Welcome.

Doesn't look bad, but with many unknowns.

It's easy to get several thousand dollars into a $1500- tractor. And it will probably take a considerable length of time to get it into working condition.

There is currently a Cub in The Vine, for sale section of this site, for $1000-

Make a list of tasks you want your tractor to perform. Perhaps the Cub is the answer or a larger tractor with more modern features.
I have an excuse. CRS.

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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby donnyG » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:29 pm

Looks complete. Since you have zero invested so far it's certainly worth a few new parts to get it running. If it runs and has good compression you have a good find. Personally I dont mind some patina but it's up to you as to how far you want to go. Have fun!

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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby Bob McCarty » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:50 pm

I'd pull off the cultivators and planter just to get them out of the way for now. It looks like you'll need at least one front tire and tube. Check for spark, fuel flow, prime the oil pump and see if you can get it started.
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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby Eugene » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:48 pm

There is a sickle bar mower pulley on the tractor. Look around, there is probably more implements for the tractor on the property.
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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby staninlowerAL » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:51 pm

I've got several that were in a lot worse condition than this one and are now runners. Go for it----and good luck.

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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby Chipmaker » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:46 am

If you don't want to mess with it put it up for sale. Someone would be glad to have that!
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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby Mechanical Engineer » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:34 am

Thanks everyone. I definitely am going to try to fix it but didn't know of it might be in to bad of shape. But heck seems like people fix them similar to it every day. I'll give it a shot lol

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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby Kent F » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:55 am

Great!! Good Luck! :tractor:

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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby Waif » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:00 am

I'd pull and replace in order the sparkplugs one at a time ,adding a little oil in each cylinder before replacing plugs. Then oil valves . Then with ignition off , handcrank it to see if engine is free.
If so , flush out fuel system and add a new filter.
Keep ground the same on battery. Confirm 6 or 12 volt before buying any ignition parts.
All fluids need changed but oil first if getting it to run is first goal. Just don't drive it or let it run long if it starts until fluids are changed.
All new tune up components should be on hand ,but save the new plugs till excess oil in cylinders is out. Clean points and check gap before trying to start.
Prime oil pump before cranking.

A lot to work with there...Nice!

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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby Ken (48 Cub) » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:34 am

Its in great shape for restoration...you will enjoy it as well. Plus you get to converse with the best people too. ;)
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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby clemk » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:37 pm

You made the right decision! Good luck, have fun!
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Re: 1955 Cub Rebuild

Postby EZ » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:59 pm

Love the '55.
You would be surprised at how simple these little machines are.
Dragged home this '67 Loboy that had not run in 20+ years and had it purring in 2 hours. Dressed up the points, cleaned the plugs, fresh gas and purrrrrrrrrrr. Then it took me 2 years to restore. I'm slower than most. Does not need to be ready Monday morning is my motto.

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