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I purchased a cub lo-boy 154 a few weeks back and I am well into a restoration. Paid $900 it was 95% intact sheet metal and all original parts. One down side is that the serial number plate had been painted over and the owner before me thought a wire wheel was a good way to clean it. All I can make out on the plate is a star that looks like an asterisk. The only other identifying mark is a tag that is stamped 'Property of the Navy'. Are there any tell tail feature that can nail down date of mfg without the serial number?
On anther note I currently have approximately $2700 invested between purchased and my restoration. This might be proof that I have finally gone over the edge! From what I see the most these go for is $2500-$3000 with the price often dropping into the $1200 range.
I am also looking for implements if anyone knows a good source? Primarily a mower and snowblade.
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Usually the DoD tags will also have the SN on them as well. The 154s were built from 68-74. Look over the tractor for casting codes and on the engine for the EngSN which can be used as clues to finding the year of manufacture. Check out the "For Sale" section of this forum for implements. Have fun with your new tractor!
Have a look at these links:
FCub - LoBoy - Numbered Series Databases
The hydraulic system on the late 60's tractor has the return line on the bottom of the tranny on the same pipe the suction line is on, as the later earlier 70's 154 has the return line on the tranny top shifter cover. The earlier late 60's tractor has a light blue hood decal while the early 70's 154 has the black striped one. Next is the PTO drive on the drive shaft, The late 60's 154 has the PTO drive pulley on the drive shaft while the early 70's 154 has the drive pulley on the engine rear flywheel. This is the only way i can tell the year of my int154's, i have one with no number plate at all too. I have one early 70's 154 and two of the lare 60's int154 cub loboys. My two late 60's 154's came from the same guy.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.
I have my 154 narrowed down as a Late 60's tractor.
Original labels are Lt Blue (couldn't find original style so now has Black 70's style.
Hydraulic return is on the bottom
PTO is on the drive shaft
This became more important because I tried to get a license plate for when I use it in a parade. The town clerk won't issue 'farm plates' because I don't own a farm. So the tractor become a piece of construction equipment. She then asks what kind of construction equipment its? Loader no. backhoe no. Its a tractors!!!! They then insists it has a VIN #. My tag was sanded off! So I'm getting a serial number tag from Steiner s and will dummy a number. The alternative: drive to a state inspector (at highway scales) and they look it over and give me a stick on plastic label! Bureaucracy is a beautiful thing.
If you want the SN plate to look original, you might be able to have tst make an overlay for you. viewtopic.php?f=28&t=64635 He would just need to find a photo of an original.
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G'day and congrats on your new to you Cub 154
For the SN tag... the serial number is usually stanped into the plate. An 2B or 4B pencil would be useful - spread some graphite on the tag - the graphite will deposit in any of the depressions. You may be able to get the SN by that method.
Proof of an addictive hobby maybe but that is about it. Many of us have way more invested in our Cubs than we could seriously recoup in a sale. It is all about what makes us feel good etc.,
Although I do not have a lot of info on the Numbered Series Cubs there is some pretty good stuff available for the Cub 154 Lo-Boy so far. There is some useful info especially on implements in the TC-131 Parts Catalog Revision 8.
Suggest you post a want for the implements in our Wanted Cub Items forum
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