The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

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The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby Super A » Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:17 am

#501 is at Red Power! It’s been restored, and there’s a plaque on the hood describing how IH presented it to IH engineer L.B. Sperry. I don’t know if it’s the original plaque or not, but the date on the plaque is May 1, 1946. What is the significance of that date? Not trying to be a “hater” just wondering!

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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby indy61 » Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:45 am

I could understand a pre-production Cub with that date but the Louisville Works serial number records show 501 was built in May of 1947.

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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby SamsFarm » Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:15 am

I have a 501 cub in my barn.... Unrestored though

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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby Super A » Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:17 am

indy61 wrote:I could understand a pre-production Cub with that date but the Louisville Works serial number records show 501 was built in May of 1947.

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I agree. I got these photos off social media and seemed like nobody wanted to talk about it. :?

The spelling of IH—“International Harvestor” is interesting too.

Also I don’t know if the plaque is the original or a recreation.

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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby indy61 » Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:51 am

Maybe Don McCombs can give us some casting dates.

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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby Slim140 » Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:55 pm

This is the only thing I've ever seen on the first Cub. Notice how the muffler is closer to the hood.

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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby indy61 » Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:25 pm

This is a photo from the Automotive Golden Jubilee in Detroit. The parade was on June 1 1946.

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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby BullDAWG » Thu Jun 23, 2022 3:05 pm

In the book "Farmall Cub and Cub Cadet" I remember it saying they built, showed off at auto and farm/state & county fairs the cub for over a year before it officially was released to the public. Also I seem to remember they let actual farmers try out the first 5 cubs along with implements. To see what actual users say, thought of them etc. They were then returned to IH.
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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby Don McCombs » Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:07 pm

The plaque is a somewhat inaccurate reproduction of the original. The current owner states that the original plaque was retained by the most previous owner. All of the visible casting codes are Q.
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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby radioguy41 » Fri Jun 24, 2022 5:19 am

The original plaque would be the provenance. Without it everything becomes open to speculation. They should have been kept together.
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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby ricky racer » Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:00 am

SamsFarm wrote:I have a 501 cub in my barn.... Unrestored though

501 is the serial number of the first production Cub ever made.
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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby SamsFarm » Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:12 am

ricky racer wrote:
SamsFarm wrote:I have a 501 cub in my barn.... Unrestored though

501 is the serial number of the first production Cub ever made.


It might not be a first, but it is a 501........

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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby BullDAWG » Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:18 am

SamsFarm wrote:It might not be a first, but it is a 501........

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Sorry that's NOT 501 that's 501x0 I can't read the x number. But you were only off by 49000 give or take a little.
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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby SamsFarm » Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:38 am

BullDAWG wrote:
SamsFarm wrote:It might not be a first, but it is a 501........

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Sorry that's NOT 501 that's 501x0 I can't read the x number. But you were only off by 49000 give or take a little.


Meh! Lol

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Re: The plaque on Cub 501 at RPRU

Postby Super A » Fri Jun 24, 2022 8:11 am

SamsFarm wrote:It might not be a first, but it is a 501........

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Meh! Lol[/quote]

Let’s not derail a legitimate discussion.

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