My New '75 Lo-Boy 185

IH CUB LoBoy Series - 154, 184, 185 Forum -- Questions and answers to all of your LoBoy related issues.

Moderator: Team Cub

Forum rules
Notice: For sale and wanted posts are not allowed in this forum. Please use our free classifieds or one of our site sponsors for your tractor and parts needs.

My New '75 Lo-Boy 185

Postby LFEngineering » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:29 am

Admittedly I was tough on my Craftsman DYT 4000 yard tractor, with a homemade winch driven cat 0 three point I used it to grade my yard, rip trenches and routinely skid 10-12' logs for firewood. Knowing it wouldn't last much longer if I kept it up I decided it was time to start looking for a REAL tractor. Something with a big enough frame to support a shop made loader yet small enough to work my sub-acre yard.

When I found this 185 for $1800 I had a feeling she was coming home with me. It didn't smoke, started quicker than my new truck, wasn't soaked with oil or hydro fluid plus it came with the creeper gearset, dual brakes, new clutch and of course the 3 point. After some mild negotiation I got it for just under $1500 w/ delivery.

The three days it took them to drop it off felt like an eternity, but it gave me plenty of time to dig up all the manuals and come up with a hit-list of stuff to do when it arrived. The truck wasn't even out of the driveway and I had already started washing her down for an initial inspection. The first thing I noticed was someone had installed the left side brake lobe backwards so the brake rod was pushing instead of pulling, I corrected that quickly and the brakes worked like a charm. The next day I did a complete mechanical check and adjusted everything I could per the service manual. I also changed all the fluids and prepped it for paint.

It's by no means going to be a full restoration, but I can't have it looking like a piece of junk either :D. As I like to tell people; the paint isn't to make it look good,it's to preserve it for another 40 years.

Next will be to fix the busted up nose clip, paint the white parts and install the new radiator cap, plug wires, distributor cap and tune-up kit when they arrive later this week.
Attachments
P8160571.JPG
First impressions, exactly how it looked the day I went and looked at it.
P8160571.JPG (290.91 KiB) Viewed 378 times
P8160575.JPG
Gotta love the 3 point. After fabricating my own for the lawn tractor having a hydraulic powered 3 point is like a dream come true.
P8160575.JPG (252.12 KiB) Viewed 378 times
P8190597.JPG
Home sweet home. Safely off the trailer it was time to snap a few pix and start washing. (You can see my lawn tractor and hitch in the background)
P8190597.JPG (202.45 KiB) Viewed 378 times
P8200600.JPG
26 hours after delivery and she's mechanically sound with a fresh coat of yellow.
P8200600.JPG (139.16 KiB) Viewed 378 times
LFEngineering
 
Posts: 43
Joined: Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:39 am
Zip Code: 01057

Re: My New '75 Lo-Boy 185

Postby Smokeycub » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:45 am

Looks like "you done good"! ...and wasting no time fixin' 'er up. Welcome to the best Cub site around. These machines can be very addicting. That creeper is a nice option to have. 3 point too! Those numbered Cubs are great mowing machines, I'm guessing you'll want a deck eventually. I notice a stack of vinyl siding, are you building a Cub shop too?
Ray
Smokeycub
Smokeycub
501 Club
501 Club
 
Posts: 510
Joined: Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:47 am
Location: Ravenna, Ohio
Zip Code: 44266
Tractors Owned: 49 F Cub
65 Cub Cadet 104
70 450C JD
67 Cub Cadet 107
90 B7100HST-D Kubota
72 Cub Cadet 149
54 Super C
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: My New '75 Lo-Boy 185

Postby LFEngineering » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:58 am

I'll admit it was total luck that I had a chance to work on it. I'm normally swamped; I work 5-1:30 as a tool designer at a local wire profile drawing company, then work 1:45-5 in my own fab/machine shop and recently my father in law, wife & myself have taken on siding the house by ourselves. Whatever it's only work. Plus the sooner I get the tractor finished the sooner I can put it to work.

I'm not sure if I'll pursue a mower deck for it. I used to have an old 36" deck Lawn Chief with a 3' turning radius and it was a bear to mow the yard. There were so many nooks & crannies to get into I spent just as much time switching gears as I did mowing, heck it took just about as long to cut with the tractor as it did the 22" walk behind (about 90 min). It wasn't until I started cutting with the 48" deck Craftsman with a hydostatic tranny that I saw some improvement. Now I can cut the yard in about 45 min. I have a feeling using the Cub would be like the lawn chief even though 60" swath would make easy work of the flats.

There are quite few areas where I really see the tractor being used. First: as a loader / forklift because of the fab shop I frequently find myself having to drag out the engine crane to move around projects or unload materials. The engine crane is alright, but it's limited to the driveway and only works if you can get the legs under whatever your working on. Second: as a skidder, though I don't have a ton of land I do have friends and family who will happily let me cut all standing deadwood and blow-down I want. There's gotta be a lifetime of firewood there for the taking. Third: yard stuff, you know the small box blade earth moving projects the wife dreams up, hauling the firewood cart from splitting to stacking areas, moving the boat or buggy trailer around the yard, etc.
LFEngineering
 
Posts: 43
Joined: Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:39 am
Zip Code: 01057

Re: My New '75 Lo-Boy 185

Postby Eugene » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:14 am

What was the purpose of the front weight?
I have an excuse. CRS.
Eugene
Team Cub Mentor
Team Cub Mentor
 
Posts: 12125
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2004 9:52 pm
Location: Mo. Linn
Zip Code: 65051
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: My New '75 Lo-Boy 185

Postby gitractorman » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:15 am

Welcome to the group!

Very nice tractor, and nice work so-far! I love those number series tractors, but I'm yet to get my hands on a 185. I've had a bunch of 154s, and a couple of 184s.

Anyway, for the kind of lifting you're talking about, I would first invest in something like this for the 3-point:

Image

and maybe a set of these:

Image

The 3-point hitch will give you MUCH more lifting power than a front end loader, and you'll have the weight on the back axle where the tractor can handle it better. A front loader will typically only lift about 400-pounds, but the 3-point will easily lift 1000-pounds, mostly because the lifting point puts the weight really close to the tractor instead of a front loader where the weight is way out in front. Plus, a front loader will be quite $$$ and the hydraulics on the tractor are really not quite right for the front loader application, so you almost have to run a secondary hydraulic pump and the PTO. Anyway, you already have the 3-point hitch, and these attachments are really easy to put on/off, and will really do all the things you're talking about.

Anyway, you've got a great one to start with and I'm sure you'll be happy with it.

Bill
1951 Farmall Cub, Cub Cadets 102, 104, 1811, 1864, Simplicity Legacy XL 4x4 Diesel with FEL, 60" mower, 50" Tiller
User avatar
gitractorman
501 Club
501 Club
 
Posts: 2025
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:35 am
Location: Grand Island, NY
Zip Code: 14072
eBay ID: toysforjake
Tractors Owned: Lots of Cub Cadets!
1951 Farmall Cub
1977 IH Cub
1966 IH Cub
1965 IH Lo Boy
1949 Farmall Cub
Several IH 154 Lo Boys
1979 IH 184 Lo Boy
Simplicity 4416 Sovereign
Simplicity Conquest
Simplicity Legacy 4x4 Diesel
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: My New '75 Lo-Boy 185

Postby outdoors4evr » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:35 am

WOW! You really got that tractor for a great price! The creeper and the 3-point hitch options themselves rival what you paid for the entire tractor!

Congratulations on the purchase. It's amazing the number of things you will find to have the tractor "help" you with.
184 w/ Creeper & 3-Point
IH Model 15 Tiller
outdoors4evr
501 Club
501 Club
 
Posts: 681
Joined: Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:44 pm
Location: Davison, MI
Zip Code: 48423
Tractors Owned: 184

Re: My New '75 Lo-Boy 185

Postby LFEngineering » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:39 am

I do like the idea of using the 3 point. With some creative attachments it would easily do the jobs I need. The increase capacity and more simplistic design seem to be more beneficial then then extended reach of a loader.

As for the front weight, I have no idea. The seller never mentioned it other than to say he noticed an improvement in steering.

I finished painting last night though by the time the paint dried enough to start remounting panels it was too dark to take a picture.
LFEngineering
 
Posts: 43
Joined: Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:39 am
Zip Code: 01057

Re: My New '75 Lo-Boy 185

Postby LFEngineering » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:32 am

Well here she is. Tho not 100% finished I'm pleased with how it came out. I still need to pain the inside of the wheels, install my new cap, rotor & distributor parts, and pick up a new seat. I tried out the "miniature" setting on the camera, really does make it look like a toy.

I'm still working on a 3 point hitch design that will allow me to use insertable forks or a small boom crane.
Attachments
P8220608.JPG
P8220608.JPG (392.37 KiB) Viewed 305 times
P8220601.JPG
P8220601.JPG (407.44 KiB) Viewed 305 times
P8220603.JPG
P8220603.JPG (387.55 KiB) Viewed 305 times
P8220606.JPG
P8220606.JPG (385.34 KiB) Viewed 305 times
P8220610.JPG
P8220610.JPG (246.02 KiB) Viewed 305 times
LFEngineering
 
Posts: 43
Joined: Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:39 am
Zip Code: 01057


Return to LoBoy Series - 154, 184, 185

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest