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Hi from Central Cal

Postby Bmp4510 » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:40 pm

Hi, I’m from the Fresno area, born and raised here. My parents and grandparents had small 20 acre ranches here, where I grew up. Lived on my own small 23 acre ranch until 10 years ago, when the city came out and development gobbled up all the ranches. Sad...

Anyway we’ve always had tractors, from lawn size to 200hp MFWD ones. The bigger tractors we used for commercial tillage and preparing our leased hay fields. I had three medium size laser controlled scrapers, and ran a land leveling company on the side for 30 years.

Guessing 30 years ago my dad got a Cub, I think from his brother-in-law. Anyway it came equipped with the hydraulic lift, the single point hitch system in the rear, a single gang v-disc, and a belly blade. (I’d forgotten about the disc, I just ran across it the other day!) Anyway the Cub was just kind of a toy at the place, as we generally used larger tractors for most of the work.

I was a motorgrader operator for the local county, and decided to play with the belly blade on the Cub. Within its limits, the little rascal was amazing! I could grade into the tightest areas with ease, albeit slowly. But I’ve graded and laid base rock on 1/2 mile driveways, when it was easier to haul the Cub than road a tractor 20 miles away. Dad never did use it much, maybe once in a while to spray weeds.

Last year my father passed, and the ranch fell into disrepair. I started going out 3-4 days a week to fix broken tractors, forklifts, the mule, cut brush and weeds, etc. I found the poor old Cub, sitting forlorn by an old haystack. I brought it home, put new tires on the front, bought a carburetor off eBay (danged neighbor stoke the original) clean up the gas tank, fuel screen w/bowl, topped off the fluids, and fired her up. Still purrs like a kitten.

Not sure what to do with her. I live in town now, and will be moving to Hawaii in the next 3-12 months. I have 10 acres there, but the environment is harsh on old iron for rusting. But I look forward to reading more on this forum, and appreciate the wisdom I’ve already found.

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Re: Hi from Central Cal

Postby John P » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:48 pm

Welcome :hattip:
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Re: Hi from Central Cal

Postby Bob McCarty » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:05 pm

Welcome to the Forum.
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we need to think differently."
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Re: Hi from Central Cal

Postby Stanton » Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:58 am

Welcome!

When you have time, read through a few threads to acquaint yourself with the Forum:

Don't know if you have any of your dad's Owner's Manuals for the Cub, but we do! Now that you have 2 posts, you can access all the free PDF downloads in the Manuals section. They are located via "Quick Links" in the upper left corner of your screen. Hit that and a pull-down appears where you'll find "PDF Manuals". Through that link, you'll be able to download an Owner's Manual and any service manuals that interest you.

Might also enjoy reading through this thread: What to do with a Cub you just brought home

Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Going through a parent(s) belongings is tough; brings back many memories and is a lot of hard work. It sounds like there may be a sale or auction in your near future to disperse some items. In rural communities, tractors always bring buyers out, but not sure about your location. Try posting it on here (The Vine, http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=223) to sell. Someone local to you or not-so-near to you may buy it and have it Cub Expressed. You might possibly check into donating your Cub to a local high school FFA program. They may be interested in fixing it up as a project. Then, there's always the local Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace routes to sell it.

Take some pictures of your tractor and post them. We’d like to see it.

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Re: Hi from Central Cal

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:30 am

Welcome to the forum
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Re: Hi from Central Cal

Postby T-Mo » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:35 am

Welcome to the forum.

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Re: Hi from Central Cal

Postby Bmp4510 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:58 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome, and the suggested links and readings! By they way, anyone suggestions on sealing up the old steering wheel to keep the black on the wheel and off my hands? :)
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Re: Hi from Central Cal

Postby Stanton » Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:45 am

Bmp4510 wrote:...By they way, anyone suggestions on sealing up the old steering wheel to keep the black on the wheel and off my hands?...


Dan England has a great thread in the How To Forum on refurbishing a steering wheel. It's located here:
http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=143&t=37140

If you don't want to go the complete refurb route, then you could spray it with clear sealer like Krylon Clear or paint to put a barrier between you and the wheel. Basically, the rubberized material on the steering wheel is slowly disintegrating and coming off on your hands. Either paint or some type of sealer will keep it off your hands.

Overall, the Cub doesn't look too bad, especially since its a runner. I see the local birds have tried to get behind the wheel, sit down and drive it to no avail. :wink: Looks to be a LoBoy Cub with factory tach and fasthitch. See if you can read the serial number on the tag, located on the right side (as you sit in the seat), front bolster, down where the steering wheel shaft meets the front. It's the tin nameplate in your pic; has the serial number and RPM rating (1800). Wiring is in disarray and your right brake pedal is too far down, indicating a disconnected brake shaft.

Would make a good project tractor for someone. Glad to hear you got it running AND were able to post pictures. Thanks.
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Re: Hi from Central Cal

Postby Bmp4510 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:39 pm

Thanks for the advice.

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Re: Hi from Central Cal

Postby Dale Finch » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:55 am

If you just want a very quick fix for the black hands, head to Walmart or your local auto parts store and buy a plain black steering wheel cover...it will keep your hands clean and give you a better grip on the steering wheel.

I would give that a good bath scraping the major crud off, spray the pedals and tbrottle/governor linkages with penetrating oil (PB Blaster), and tidy it up. Since you will not be keeping it, Stanton had some excellent advice. It's a pretty nice tractor with lots of potential.

Good luck! And enjoy Hawaii!!!

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Re: Hi from Central Cal

Postby Bmp4510 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:10 pm

Thanks for the advice Dale. A bath is definitely in order and the PB Blaster treatment has already occurred. I’m going to put her on the shelf for a couple of weeks, as I’m in the middle of another project I need to finish and use on the farm. It’s a 4WD Cushman mower, powered by a Kubota 50hp diesel. Another toy of my fathers.

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