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1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby Gary1959 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:48 am

Just got our 1951 Cub running yesterday and pressure washed 66 years of grease and dirt off. Now I'm wandering whether I should just allow it to show its age or repainted. Any input?

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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby ShawnAgne » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:58 am

Never drive an ugly tractor, repaint.
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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby outdoors4evr » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:00 pm

Ugly???? Aged maybe, perhaps to perfection!

I guess painting it depends on the color. Green = leave it as is. Yellow = Maybe Red & White = Definitely Paint it!
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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby LRiddle » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:15 pm

Repainted looks nice but original is nice too. It's all up to preference. I would take what I plan on using the tractor for into considerstion. It's not worth a nice paint job if you're going to run it and work it hard.
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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby Eugene » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:22 pm

LRiddle wrote:Repainted looks nice but original is nice too. It's all up to preference. I would take what I plan on using the tractor for into considerstion. It's not worth a nice paint job if you're going to run it and work it hard.
Ditto.

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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:32 pm

If it is not rusty I usually prefer as is. The exception being if I am doing a full refurbishment, rebuilding engine, replacing all gaskets, seals, and any worn bearings, etc. Then I like to repaint one, but otherwise I like the originals. At shows I tend to pay more attention to the working tractors than the trailer queens.
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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby Dale Finch » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:19 pm

You may consider just using it for a while, since you just got it running. Invariably, as soon as you paint it, you will need to disassemble SOMETHING to repair a leak or replace something!! All that pretty paint will get all scratched and chipped. Get all the "bugs" out for a season, before you paint. You will probably enjoy just being able to relax and not worry about scratching that new paint, too!

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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby coppersmythe » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:35 pm

dale makes a good point , too . let it get out most of the kinks before painting , or just get another one and have a trailer queen AND a worker . Then , your going to need another one for .......................coppersmythe ..............

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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby Barbwire » Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:33 pm

Painting
I recmmend painting it. You will want to show it off and if you have to work on it or find leaks it is cleaner and easier. I bought my first cub and have been painting of and on since. I am sure I'll want to put it in a parade sooner of latter. I am also trying to preserve it for a latter generation to maybe restore. In my case I am also covering the yellow letters on the hood that said RENT THIS CUB plus a phone number, If you buy a few cans of paint it will look a lot better (fyi It will take more paint if you paint the dirt floor in you shed as I Just did. I' clumsy.) Good luck whichever way you go. Larry

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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby BSR » Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:42 pm

Let's see a pic off it first and then make your suggestions,it only original once!

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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby Waif » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:01 pm

Gary1959 wrote:Just got our 1951 Cub running yesterday and pressure washed 66 years of grease and dirt off. Now I'm wandering whether I should just allow it to show its age or repainted. Any input?


You removed the protective layer of dirt and grease? :shock:
If it starts flash rusting over 90% of it's body then painting might be considered.

Work cloths are acceptable on a worker ,and all the paint in the world will not heal mechanical issues.

If you like fresh paint ,and time and labor and money are not needed elsewhere on your Cub ....paint away. It is your tractor :tractor:

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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby ntrenn » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:23 pm

I used to work for an old farmer that used to say,"A coat of paint will cover a multitude of sins". Cure the sins...then paint if you must...

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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:10 pm

A man once told me that women, cars and old tractors were covered by the same statement.
Putty and paint make them what they ain't.
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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby Gary1959 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:02 pm

Thanks for all your feedback...lots of good ideas and things to consider. I think I'll just use it and enjoy it till next spring and then with bugs worked out, mat paint it to protect it. I'm glad I cleaned off the old gunk...but ought it back to life.

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Re: 1951 Cub: Repaint or Simply Clean?

Postby Drfting1 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:06 am

I just restored mine last winter, my personal choice is for anything mechanical I'm going to put in use, is to restore it, this way I get to know her and know there is new electrical, gaskets, replace all worn parts, bolts and upgrade where I can, upgraded mine to 12v, this way I can use accessories like my sprayer, added led lights (rear spot, under her and rear fender which lights up dash nice), it's like a preventive maintenance thing for me. with nice fresh paint can tell where any leaks might start and being fresh restored, its makes it more pleasurable to work on for me and like what one person mentioned on this thread, removing grease and oil exposes bare metal.... something to keep in mind.. now I used mine over the summer for yard stuff, she has a few bugs that need attention (like the touch control I had a feeling I damaged the one of the new seals I put in). just started to take her apart today, and it was nice, bolts /screws came off easy, wires unplugged easily and hands are clean.... but I also understand others prefer keeping it all original, its like letting her tell her life story.... if you go that way, just use a semi gloss clear coat paint to protect any bare metal. good luck

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