A little off the cub line

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A little off the cub line

Postby Jack Donovan » Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:46 pm

Looked at a "B" yesterday and I could swear it is a demo :shock: But when looking at the Sr.#'s in guy Fay's book it doesn't show any for 49 and 50 .Wern't they made then? :shock:

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Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:52 pm

not that I know of, and so far as I know, the only white demos were cub, Super A, and super C.
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Postby mrkleen » Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:57 pm

I have a cub that was most definitely white at some point but definitely not in the demo serial number range. I've always wondered what was up with that. Any ideas?? Other than a lark by sombody of course, who just liked white cubs. :lol:

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Postby George Willer » Sun Apr 29, 2007 10:01 pm

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:not that I know of, and so far as I know, the only white demos were cub, Super A, and super C.


Not Super C... just regular C, Cub and Super A.
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Postby gitractorman » Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:23 am

I have a photo in a book at home that shows either an H or M painted white, along with a Super C.

It is most likely, although I'm guessing here, that anything built in early 1950 could have been painted white as a demonstrator.

Alternatively, any IH tractor could have been painted white at any time during production, if the buyer requested it. A highway department, airport, govt. agency, military, utility company, etc. could have requested it in white (or yellow, orange, blue, green, almost any color), as a "fleet" color, and IH would have painted it that color at the factory.

A friend of mine has a true Demo Super A, that he bought from a local highway garage auction, and it was painted all yellow. He knew that the yellow was wrong, stripped it down and painted it red. Then, years later I showed him the book with the Demo information in it, and he was telling me how it had white paint underneath, and he just assumed that the town ordered it that way. We checked the serial no. and sure enough, it is an early 1950 and was most likely a demo.

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Postby Jim Becker » Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:42 am

A dozen years ago, there was a binge of painting tractors white to create "demos". At this point, I wouldn't trust any white paint on an IH tractor as being original without some thorough documentation to back it up. As of yet, I have never seen anything other than an early 1950 Cub, Super A or C that had any back up proof.

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Postby trac48 » Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:51 pm

Jim Becker wrote:A dozen years ago, there was a binge of painting tractors white to create "demos". At this point, I wouldn't trust any white paint on an IH tractor as being original without some thorough documentation to back it up. As of yet, I have never seen anything other than an early 1950 Cub, Super A or C that had any back up proof.
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Postby Jim Becker » Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:21 pm

Old enough to have picked up some skepticism.

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Postby gitractorman » Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:33 pm

Guess I should have checked the book first. The M I was thinking of was an industrial and painted yellow. The previous page has a demo Cub and a demo C decked out in full advertising banners.

I also should have checked the dates of production. The B and BN were only produced for 10 years, from 1939 to 1948.

I have always liked the Bs and would pick one up if I ran across it. I had a Super A for a while and it was quite a machine.

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Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:45 pm

Jim Becker wrote:Old enough to have picked up some skepticism.


LOL, I'm glad I'm not the only one.
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Postby red56turbo » Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:44 pm

I think some tractors were painted different colors if it was ordered. Yellow for industrial, etc.
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