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Cub Grill material

Postby 69ranger » Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:20 pm

Hello all..
Since my current project is to build a working tractor, and not a show piece, I am looking to rework my current grill, into a usable part.
I hope to remove the screen and replace it with a heavier screen, if I can find some thing..

What I have now is some one's attempt to repair a damaged grill before I got the tractor, with hard ware cloth. Its simply too light weight to really do much good.
I want a grill to protect the radiator from damage, and look at least some what like the original, but hope to build my own, and save a few bucks in the process.
Have any of you all made a new grill for a Cub?

Does anyone have a suggestion for material, and where to get it?

Maybe i'm nuts, and should just buy a d new one?

Thank you for any ideas that you may have.

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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby Cubfriend » Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:06 pm

A hardware store or I saw some at our local Orscheln’s store. Maybe Rural King or Atwood’s. Other farm stores.
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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:40 pm

Although this grille is on a square nose Cub, the idea could be adapted to a round nose as well. It is simply sheet metal with 1/2 inch holes drilled in it.

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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby Bob McCarty » Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:44 pm

Or expanded steel if you want something stronger than hardware cloth.
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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby Dale Finch » Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:47 pm

This is what a friend of mine made:
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Sorry the clarity isn't better. He ordered the metal, which is flat, not "woven", I think with the holes punched out. It was a fairly heavy sheet, and I'm sure it wasn't cheap! He is a body shop guy, and welded the frame together.
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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby Barnyard » Wed Jan 19, 2022 12:03 am

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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby Gary Dotson » Wed Jan 19, 2022 8:31 am

McMaster Carr has a pretty good selection of various types of material suitable for building your own grill. Some folks have made some pretty decent grills, others, of course, are disastrous. The ones shown above are some of the nicer ones.

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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby 69ranger » Wed Jan 19, 2022 9:46 am

Thank you everyone!
I have a lot if little things to wrap up, before I can paint, but I am getting closer all the time. I keep telling myself, that I am not building a show tractor. Spend you money on mechanical things that will make it work better, not look better, but some times I don's listen to my self.

I am still keeping my options open, and may find a used one somewhere. Freight is the deal killer on Ebay, or I would buy the one that is on there.. :(
What I have now, is poorly done, is really too light weight to work very well. Something functional that looks decent is what I am looking to achieve in the end.
I am pretty handy at forming, and fabricating things, as I have Auto body schooling in the past. I will continue to look for some original looking screen.
Thanks again!
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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby Eugene » Wed Jan 19, 2022 11:05 am

69ranger wrote:Does anyone have a suggestion for material, and where to get it?
Take your time. Look around. I would look over/through the neighbors scrap metal piles. Something will show up.

We have the screen from a hammer mill in our scrap pile. Don't know where it came from.
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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby indy61 » Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:41 pm

The screen was never intended to protect the radiator from damage.
The grilles have changed over the years and might help.
The 55 to 58 model years used an 11 bar grille.
The 59 to 63 model years used a 4 bar grille.
They will all fit the 47 to 63 Cub/Cub Lo-Boy's.

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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Wed Jan 19, 2022 3:00 pm

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I used a finer sized material like this, that I riveted to the radiator supports, to protect the radiator from punctures. Bought it on Amazon, I thought, but couldn't find it there, today. Wes expensive, but not as expensive as the radiator that got a stick through it.

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Several single cylinder Honda motorcycles from the early 70's. Adding more junk all the time.
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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby 69ranger » Wed Jan 19, 2022 8:30 pm

I have found some material that appears to be almost exactly like the original material. The company is supposed to get me a price, tomorrow, and I will see if its going to be worth the effort..
I'm sort of excited to take on the challenge of trying to fabricate a new grill.

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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby Slim140 » Thu Jan 20, 2022 8:04 am

Good luck on making your grill, they are a challenge but it's worth it!!!
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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby Gary Dotson » Thu Jan 20, 2022 8:15 am

Shane, was that one stainless? It sure looks good!

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Re: Cub Grill material

Postby Slim140 » Thu Jan 20, 2022 8:23 am

Gary Dotson wrote:Shane, was that one stainless? It sure looks good!

No sir, the band was galvanized and the wire was just plain metal. It all got painted red.
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