154 followed me home - can I keep it?

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154 followed me home - can I keep it?

Postby RonT » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:52 pm

I saw a Cub Lo-Boy 154 on Facebook marketplace last night that was a short distance away and decided to check it out. The owner was asking $750 for it saying that it ran great, had lots of new parts and needed the transmission re-assembled with the parts he bought.
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First impression looked pretty solid till I looked in the transmission. Apparently he had loaned it to his brother who brought it back with many missing gear teeth commenting that he thought the synchros needed some attention cuz it was making a lot of noise as he changed gears on the fly (ouch).
Well sure enough he had boxes of parts from Hamilton Bob for the tranny as well as recently purchased motor/generator, clutch/pressure plate/throwout bearing, brake bands and much more. The tractor seems pretty solid and the mower deck and steering had been rebuilt.
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The SN is 024229 which should be a 1971 model.
We hooked up a battery (with the drive shaft removed) and it fired right up and purred like it should.
We ended up getting the tractor for just a bit more than he had spent on part in the past year.
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Just for kicks, here is a picture of me from 1970 with the brand new 154 Lo-Boy the City of Lafayette, IN Columbian Park assigned to me to mow baseball fields as my summer job. I was 14 at the time. It was quite the upgrade from the late 50s vintage cub I had been using. I don't think they turn kids loose on city owned tractors anymore.

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Re: 154 followed me home - can I keep it?

Postby MikeEyre74 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:06 pm

Heh. I just went through a lunched transmission myself. They’re not too bad but a few tricky spots...
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Tractors Owned: 1950 Cub - Whitington
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1989 Kubota L2050
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1924 Model T Fordor
Location: FL, Homosassa

Re: 154 followed me home - can I keep it?

Postby RonT » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:24 pm

Hi Mike - I've been following your transmission thread.
I've helped with a couple of tranny rebuilds at cubfests and have a pretty good feel for what is ahead. The PO took it apart ass far as he could without pulling the finals off and removing the transmission. He gave me a copy of the service manual but there were no grease stains in section 6 so I don't think he opened it. He was over his head and gave up and bought a new green tractor. I printed out the parts manual and will do an inventory on Monday to make sure we have everything we need. I have a lot of jobs ahead of it. It might end up as a unit repair at the 2020 DSCF in February.

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Re: 154 followed me home - can I keep it?

Postby MikeEyre74 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:29 pm

I learned a lot from that 185 I have now. I’m glad I took it on as a project. I’m still not sure I love that tractor like I do my regular FCub, but I got a lot of information from it that’ll serve me well.

I’m not sure I blame the guy for starting and then falling short. It’s easy to spend money and order parts, but getting the gumption up to start blocking up a machine like that and pulling things apart is a little bit more than a lot of people are willing to do. They’re not too bad when you know them, but when you don’t, it’s Intimdating!
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Re: 154 followed me home - can I keep it?

Postby mozer71 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:17 am

It looks grand, a project but worth it. It is a little different from my 1971 so I checked the numbers.
1971 s/n 020332---023342 Mine is 022405 . RonT's is newer at 024229.

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Re: 154 followed me home - can I keep it?

Postby MikeEyre74 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:03 am

I’d think they’d be the same. What’s different about your two?
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1924 Model T Fordor
Location: FL, Homosassa

Re: 154 followed me home - can I keep it?

Postby RonT » Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:35 am

On the SN, I looked on the registry here and concluded the year - I would appreciate the nudge to the year list you used. Thanks

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Re: 154 followed me home - can I keep it?

Postby mozer71 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:50 am

Different options and stronger front hubs. His has the dual brakes / pedals and maxed out to near the limit before 1974 ( s/n 031766- 036676 ) that was it for these.

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Re: 154 followed me home - can I keep it?

Postby mozer71 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:01 am

Okay this is fine. I' m pretty sure my latest data came from here. Back in 1998 I went to Tractors.com .
I must say that one of our tractors is a different year. I meant to say independent brakes which mine currently doesn't have. I was hoping all the parts would be around for massive, well, small type massive change all at once.
It still works okay for now but many things which fail, effect other parts which become expensive and time consuming.
Creeper gearing would have been great but it doesn't just fall into my lap. I need be worthy to own that unit, so I'll just continue as is for awhile. Once everything is done and "buckled up" , one will be available.


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