Thanks to Rudi, Ricky, VW, Mike, Raymond, Outdoors4evr and everyone else for your warm welcome to the forum. I'm sorry I'm so late in responding to your posts. Life events have kept me away from this forum longer that I had hoped.
First, I have been able to keep Grandpa's Cub. I built a nice shed to put her in last August. Second, I've named her "Nellie" in honor of Grandmother. Next to Grandma Nellie, Kids and Grand Kids, I think this tractor was Grandpa's second favorite. Third, I've started taking care of Nellie. I drained, flushed and replaced the oil in the steering gear, transmission and final drives. All of these were leaking because of condensation build up. I changed the oil & filter, installed new spark plugs, plug wires, oiled the magneto, serviced the air cleaner, changed the radiator fluid, etc. I think she really enjoyed the attention
. Next, I think she will enjoy new Hydraulic fluid so this will be one of the next things on my list.
Nellie was a big help this winter. We had the most snow and cold that I have seen since the 70's. In December, we had a terrible Ice Storm that took down several trees and left the yard coated with two inches of ice. In early January we got a snow storm that dropped 18 inches in our area. Nellie's new shed is 400 feet behind the house. The only way to get to the drive was to plow my way out. Nellie really impressed me! She took the snow off 6 inches at a time on ice covered ground with using only her lug tires. I have a set of chains for her but I could not get to them. She then took the snow off the driveway the same way. She left snow banks 5' high and 8' deep on both sides of the drive. One of the snow banks is still melting.
Until last weekend, Nellie could only be started with the hand crank. She did not have a starter. She got a starter, 12 volt mini alternator (from Stenier's), battery, cables, starter rod, choke rod, etc., this last weekend. I don't know about Nellie but I really like this. She always started good with the hand crank but she really starts good with the starter. In 30 degree weather, Nellie starts before the engine makes one complete revolution.
I bought the starter, front lights & mounting hardware, rear light and mount, battery box, choke rod and a pair of beautiful mounted 9.5-24 turf tires from a very nice man some 30 miles distant. The tires have very good tread, no dry rot, no pieces missing, etc. I had been looking for a good pair for many months and finally found these. The lights are original 6 volt but I need them to be 12 volt now. This necessitated a visit to Steiner's.
Visiting Steiner's was a wonderful time! I live about 12 miles away. I felt like a kid in a candy store and I haven't felt that way in a long time!!
I picked up the alternator, a mounting bracket, Ammeter, Light Switch, 12 Volt bulbs and some other pieces. They boxed up my bounty and I started for the door when the man from behind the counter said "Don't you want your hat"? "My hat?" I wasn't wearing a hat so i said "What hat?" He said you get a free hat with your purchase. So, I left wearing my Farmall Red had with "Steiners" logo in white lettering. It was better than candy!
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