1957 & Newbie in PA

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Postby iamfranswa » Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:13 pm

Hi all. You are going to laugh, but being able to "join" is almost an arrival for me. I am going to type my story, so I apologize up front for the length. I also use this weird username on other motorhead type forums so for consistency I use it here, but my name is Rick.

If you want the full cub story - read on! Thanks for having me!!

OK. I am 41, and when I met my wife in the early 90's her then elderly father had this "decent" cub in the garage. He bought it new, used it for everything, and it was tired but everything worked, worn and old overall. After getting to know him, and marrying his daughter, I told him that one day when he no longer needed it, I would like to buy his cub and restore it. He thought that was the best. I am the only one in the family who loves mechanics, engines, power, cars, bikes, you name it ...

Some years later his health became poor and he passed away, reminding me in that time that he wanted me to have his cub. Over the years since, one of his family friends continued using the property and the tractor periodically. Now recently my mother in law passed away and in her final week she so politely told me that her husband wanted me to have that tractor, I am the only one that gave the cub any real interest, and that I was to carry on, and when she was gone that I was to get the tractor and "do my part". I would never have asked out of respect, but was so touched that he, and she, knew that I would do the right thing.

So, now as the weather here in PA is getting nice the ground will dry out and I will trailer that old cub to my garage, and begin. With all that said, this is an exciting and somber time, yet I have been watching your wonderful forum in hopes that one day I would be the owner of "the cub". I am, and join I did.

I don't have the machine here yet, but I found all of the original manuals and books, and I started to decode the serial #, 198525 J. Says 1957, although I don't yet know what the J is.

Anyhow, sorry for the long corny story, but this really is quite an emotional and important moment for me. I hope to seek and contribute much here, this will be a true pleasure to embark on. My father in law wanted it, and I am looking forward to it.

Best wishes to all, hope you understand. Rick

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Postby Don McCombs » Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:24 pm

Welcome, Rick. Where in PA are you?
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Postby iamfranswa » Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:27 pm


An hour North West of Philly....

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Postby Rudi » Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:48 pm


First, Image to the greatest forum on the internet, and to the Cub Family. You will find that all the folks on this forum are kind, helpful and just full of Cub info and knowledge. They also happen to be the finest folks I have ever met :!: :D

Wow!.. another ever so special cub and cub owner to join the ranks. We all love our Cubs, but those who have hereditary/family links to their Cubs, well they kind of have something special. Glad you got the Cub, and it sounds as if your father and mother in law knew what they were doing....

As for your question.. the "J" is a Suffix.. and the explanations can be found in the TC-37 Series Parts manuals listed below. But for brevity sake, the "J" suffix indicates a Rockford Clutch was installed at the factory to distinguish between the Rockford and the Auburn. This was done so that the IH Techs did not have to split the tractor prior to ordering replacement parts or a replacement clutch, thereby saving time and labour for the Techs and more importantly down time and money for the Customer. A very low-tech solution to a difficult problem.

I hope what you see below is helpful as you begin your journey as a Cubber.. Welcome to the family :!: :wink: :D

Ok, so here is the spiel Image:

I would suggest that you read this thread: New Members and Visitors, Please READ Prior to Posting. There are many great links to informative pages such as the ATIS FAQ's 1 and ATIS FAQ's 2, The Best of H.L. Chauvin who has written very interesting articles on troubleshooting common problems with your Cub. One of the other projects we have been working on and it will be a continuing effort is the How To Article Archive. This the the place to go to get all the quick links to some very good articles written by many members of the forum on solving some of the problems we encounter as we repair, maintain and up-grade our Cubs. Keep looking for this to grow.

Also, you might want to visit the Cub Manual Server as there is tons of info on servicing, maintaining and re-building your Cub. In addition to this basic information, there are also a number of other useful tools available on the server. There is the Specialty Services page which has contact info for neat stuff like getting your seats recovered, buying quality Decals, Serial Number tags and a host of other neat items. Also there are the Parts Pages - both Used Parts Suppliers and New Parts Suppliers pages with links to quality dealers. I am always looking for YOUR favourite dealers for New and Used Parts to include here. These pages are intended to complement our Official FarmallCub.com Website Sponsors:

I would also recommend that you visit Binder Books and purchase the three most important manuals you can own for Maintenance, Repair and Rebuilding your Cub. These are the Owner's Manual, the GSS-1411 Service Manual and the TC-37F Parts Manual. Although they are available on the Cub Manual Server, it is better is you also have your own paper copy. Binder Books is the only Authorized IH Publication Reprint House and they have the best quality manuals available. Most other's are not of the same quality. Just a personal thought here, the I&T Shop Manuals, although helpful in some areas, really are not sufficient for the job. If you wish though, they are good additional reference works.

IF you really want to get the skinny on all things Cub, might I suggest you get a copy of Ken Updike's Farmall Cub and Cub Cadet's :?: . While you are at it Original Farmall Cub and Cub Cadet is Ken's latest addition to the series. Along with Guy Fay's Letter Series Originality Guide, these are three must have's in anyone's collection.

In addition to the above information, don't forget to check out the various articles that are available to help with your Repair, Restore, Rebuild or just your Maintenance Projects. There are a number of sub pages such as Electrolysis or Rust Zapper's, Maintenance Tips, Jigs and Techniques, Implement and Part Sketches and of course the Paint, Decals & Other Finish Questions which has the Paint Chart and the Paint Committee Decisions links.

Oh, and while the program still lasts.. you might want to check the Announcement: Navistar Free Gas Cap Offer - On-Line Form thread at the top of the Cub Forum and send away for the new style safety cap before that program runs out as well.

I truly hope that you enjoy your Cub and that you will be a frequent contributor to the forum. Again, Image to the Cub FamilyImage :D
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Postby cowboy » Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:07 am

Hi Rick

Welcome to the cub form :D Thanks for the "story" it is very heartwarming. The cub is a very good handy little tractor. What make it and this form great. Is all the freinds surrounding this tractor :!: Peaple pulling together and helping each other out and just having fun keeping the tradition going :wink: Thats why we have so many cubfests to enjoy the company of friends we found with our tractors.

I am 41 also hopw to meet you at a cubfest some time.

Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you. 1964 cub. Farmall 100 and 130.

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Postby Ron Luebke » Fri Mar 30, 2007 10:13 pm

cool cub history :!: we all can't wait to see pics before and after, it'll be lots of fun :wink: the (J) you spoke of is for the type clutch it has which means yours has the rockford clutch.

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Postby Rick Prentice » Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:30 am

Welcome Rick. An excellent story. Sounds like "the cub" found another great home.

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Postby magnumpi » Sat Mar 31, 2007 5:33 pm

No need for an apology Rick !! The story is very poignant, and I hope I speak for everyone when I say I'm glad you told it. You arrive on Earth with nothing and leave in a similar fashion, but a possession such as this is special and will always be a pleasant reminder of your in-laws. Craig

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Postby John(videodoc) » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:09 am

Excellent intro and welcome aboard :!: :!: :!: :!:

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Postby johnbron » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:41 am

:P Welcome Rick, Your intro story was NOT CORNY at all. I found it to be very touching and I am very happy for you and your Cub. It is not often that a person is able to acquire a Cub that is a family relative since it was borned. That makes it EXTRA special. Good Luck on the many enjoyable hours you will have on bringing it back to shine`y new. :P
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Postby 1cubmaster » Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:29 pm

Wellcome Rick,I just joined myself and allready have learned alot,seems like a lot of good people here,good luck with your cub. Mike
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Postby Jeff Silvey » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:36 am

Welcome Rick:
That was a very very very touching story. Don't forget to take pics bfore & after.
Good Luck.
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Postby Dan England » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:53 am

I agree with JB. Not "corny" at all, in fact, an excellent story. I'm sure you liked the Cub anyway but knowing that your in-laws wanted you to have it makes it extra special. Welcome to the forum and have fun with your Cub. Dan

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Postby iamfranswa » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:44 pm

You are all wonderful. I have been out of town so my lack of reply was due to lack of computer. I also don't think I have the thread tools set to give me an email when there are replies. I need to dig into that. Anyhow, thanks for all the warm hello's and thanks again. I will run over one of these Saturdays and get her, and take some pics for you all to see. This is going to be cool and if I do it right, perhaps I can pass the old cub along to someone when my time for heaven approaches. The circle does not have to stop. Rick

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Postby beaconlight » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:54 pm

First you got the mans daughter and next his Cub. You one lucky hound dog. Great story. Family is where it all is. Did your wife ever drive it while her dad had the cub?

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