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Postby PKS » Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:41 am

Thanks for bringing this back up Eugene. I was looking in the wrong forum for this list. As I begin, I will ask questions along the way.

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I have ordered my carburetor parts and thanks for your help cleaning it. I will keep you posted.

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Postby ellen » Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:57 pm

Brought my Dads 51 cub home on 7-7-07 (it should be lucky). My DH has changed the oil and filter and I have washed at it. It has a lot of greese and dirt and I am a little worried about how much power washing and regular scrubbing I should do. I dont want to mess anything up. Any suggestions.

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Postby Bigdog » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:03 pm

Just keep the high pressure spray away from the ignition components.
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Postby drspiff » Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:41 pm

I want to emphasize the comments about working through the checklist. Why? I'm working through the front end on my '51 and got to the part about draining the oil in the steering gear. I popped the drain plug loose using the Shade Tree Plug Removal Tool and waited for the old nasty oil to drain into a bucket. And waited and waited.

There was no oil in the steering gear housing. Instead there was 50 year old sludge mixed with a little water. If I had been picking and choosing which things to check, the steering gear would have been low on the list. The steering was not bad, no binding, and after all who would run a tractor and not keep the vital fluids topped up?

Well, I guess that is the point. When I was learning to fly, I was told over and over that you only KNOW the condition of the aircraft if you have checked it yourself. Relying on the best intentions of a crew chief or previous owner is a one way ticket. Admittedly, you are not likely to die if you miss something on your Cub. Although just about everything on a Cub is part of a mission-critical system. So why take the chance of killing your Cub if you overlook an item.

This is not really a rant, rather a statement of how I approach machinery. Your approach may be more casual then mine, and I wish you all the Joy of your Cub.

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Postby Andy Oberg » Sun Aug 05, 2007 7:02 pm

When I drained mine, using the shade tree knowledge, what seemed like a gallon of water and just a little bit of rust colored, used to be oil came out. You never know what's in there till you look.

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Re: What to do with a Cub you just brought home

Postby coppersmythe » Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:43 am

i think ya'll are dead on, a checklist would really help out us new guys. my first cub i brought home, i just focused on getting it started. dry start-up and a trip around the yard ? i'll never know if the blowby out the oil filler was there already, or i caused it. my next cub has been in my shop for a couple months now, going through all the steps to getting it ready for its first start up, ( I WILL PRIME THE OIL PUMP THIS TIME ) thanks to all the help and advice from all of ya'll. sincerly,coppersmythe.......................... :-:-):

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Re: What to do with a Cub you just brought home

Postby alfreema » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:26 pm

Ok, I'll admit that I'm the idiot stumped on the very first step. What's a Breather Cup? Is that the black cup at the end of the oil dipstick?

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Re: What to do with a Cub you just brought home

Postby DRaymond » Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:46 pm

I think I am a little like Eugene about my skepticism regarding the care previous owner's have taken of their equipment. However I will admit to being REALLY REALLY ANAL about maintenance (old pilot). As an example when I buy a used car or truck I "zero" out all of the critical components and maintenance, inspection and service items by changing all lubricants such as engine, transmission, rear end, transfer case oils, belts, hoses, fluids such as brake, steering, coolant and lubricate, oil and grease all service items, rotate tires, align the front end, etc. Expensive yes but my equipment runs for hundreds of thousands of miles. I create an Excel maintenance sheet for the vehicle and track all of the line items of interest and the ones that have time and/or mileage frequency specifications. When the sheet opens the sheet reads the computer's system date and updates the date dependent cells and then after keying in the current vehicle mileage the mileage dependent cells update. Cell colors change to amber when an item is getting close to being due and to red when and item is due or past due. It is the only way I can keep track and "remember".

So, I am doing a similar "zeroing" out of my Cubs as I get to each (I am doing my first one of three). I believe that if I can keep my stiff joints off the floor, minimize the surprises and number of band-aids and blue language, and keep my Cubs functioning, safe, running, working and in one piece then that is "my self imposed cost of use or of my new hobby". Because hours and time are the initial unit's for the determination of when the component, maintenance, inspection and service item is due I will be installing an hour meter on all of my "new" cub acquisitions as I get to them. All Cubs will have an Excel maintenance sheet tailored to each that will help me keep track of their physical and mechanical health.

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Re: What to do with a Cub you just brought home

Postby Alamanac » Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:42 pm

Thanks for this list. I am a new member here and have a 1950 Cub that my grandfather bought in the early 50s. The tractor has set for a couple of years but I do have it running now. I hope to get it in good mechanical condition and use it to work a garden that is about 2500 sq ft.

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Re: What to do with a Cub you just brought home

Postby clay1811/44c » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:56 pm

Anything listed here I shouldn't do on my 1977 Cub?

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Re: What to do with a Cub you just brought home

Postby crusher_cub » Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:34 am


I know this is an old thread but recently purchased a 1948 cub. The tank has rust in it so how does one go about scrubbing or cleaning a gas tank. I did order some cleaner/liner from yesterdays tractor but it has not arrived yet. I just saw Clems post and wondered how or what is the best way to clean the tank. I did take the tank/hood of the other day and cleaned out the bowl. Just excited to get it up and running.
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Re: What to do with a Cub you just brought home

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:22 am

I've dumped a box of 1/4 inch nuts in it,with some soapy water. Put it in the back of your pickup truck, and drive around, for a week. Empty, rinse, and follow the tank cleaner/sealer directions.
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Re: What to do with a Cub you just brought home

Postby danovercash » Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:44 pm

Same as above, except strap tank to rear wheel with tractor wedged and blocked up. Let tractor turn wheel till tank is clean.
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Re: What to do with a Cub you just brought home

Postby bellfamilyfarm » Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:57 pm

Thank you for this post. We are excited to have our cub and get using it.

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