Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

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Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby phil.brandt@aol.com » Mon May 24, 2021 7:55 am

Greetings, thanks for the add. I acquired a 184 a couple years ago. It ran well when I got it in fact I drove it home. After looking it over more closely I could see it was going to need some work. The wiring harness was nothing but a rat's nest of splices and all the rigid hydraulic lines were missing. It sat in the barn for 2 years while I tinkered with it and resolved these issues, now it has little power and can barely move. I looked at this forum and saw and explanation of how the valves may need adjusting. I followed the instructions in my shop manual on adjusting them and found when the pointer for the crankshaft pulley was on the top 1 of the 2 notches that the number 1 and 2 valves were at the same position, but 3 and 5 were not. The only thing I could think to do was turn the engine by hand until all 4 aligned and adjusted the valves at that point. End result it runs slightly better, but still weak. This tractor was clearly a basket case someone tried to assemble so somethings are missing or out of place, but I don't see how the timing Mark's can be that far off. I'm certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby Eugene » Mon May 24, 2021 8:19 am

Take the tractor to a Cubfest. Have the folks look the tractor over and do a complete engine tune up.

You will also learn a lot about the tractor and tractor maintenance.

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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby Dale Finch » Mon May 24, 2021 8:27 am

Eugene wrote:Take the tractor to a Cubfest. Have the folks look the tractor over and do a complete engine tune up.

You will also learn a lot about the tractor and tractor maintenance.

Welcome.

I agree! Check out the Bash...not far from you! :{_}:
http://www.barnyardbash.com/
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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby Larry B » Mon May 24, 2021 1:24 pm

I just looked at the cubfest thing. About an hour drive from me. Not a cub owner just a lowly old 184.

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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby Eugene » Mon May 24, 2021 5:54 pm

Larry B wrote:I just looked at the cubfest thing. About an hour drive from me. Not a cub owner just a lowly old 184.
184, that's a Cub.
I have an excuse. CRS.

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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby Dale Finch » Mon May 24, 2021 5:55 pm

You would still enjoy it! And you might even get infected with "Cubitis", an incurable disease that causes you to be obsessed with these guys!! :lol: :tractor:
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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue May 25, 2021 6:34 am

The 184 is a welcomed member of the Cub family, bring it on!

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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby phil.brandt@aol.com » Wed May 26, 2021 1:36 am

Thanks to all for your input. Oddly enough the day after I posted I started it again and it ran better not great mind you ,but significantly better. I happen to talk to an old friend I had not heard from in some time who has owned several different models of the lo boy and he suggested running it on high octane gas. Any thoughts on that in regards to possible damage to the engine?
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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby Eugene » Wed May 26, 2021 6:03 am

Tractor will run fine on ethanol regular gasoline.

High octane won't hurt the engine.
I have an excuse. CRS.

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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby outdoors4evr » Wed May 26, 2021 10:03 am

I run my 184 on regular 87 octane fuel (whatever is in the standard pump for automotive) Winter or Summer gas without issues.
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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby Larry B » Thu May 27, 2021 6:30 am

Have you installed new spark plugs? What number plugs are in there now? How hard do you run the tractor?

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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby 1CavRoohauler » Thu Jun 03, 2021 4:40 pm

Dale Finch wrote:
Eugene wrote:Take the tractor to a Cubfest. Have the folks look the tractor over and do a complete engine tune up.

You will also learn a lot about the tractor and tractor maintenance.

Welcome.

I agree! Check out the Bash...not far from you! :{_}:
http://www.barnyardbash.com/


Ah man, if I would have known about this sooner I would have planned on attending. This would have been fun. Maybe next year.

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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby outdoors4evr » Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:58 am

Being a 184, it is probably a favorite mowing tractor. They have many other attachments, but the 184 is one great mowing machine.
That said, the D21 is perfect for a hard working 184 setup for mowing. Here is a cross reference to all the other brands.
https://www.sparkplug-crossreference.co ... AMP_PN/D21

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184 w/ Creeper & 3-Point
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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby Larry B » Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:19 am

If i am running my 184 hard mowing in hot weather it likes the D18Y plug. Since i got the Ferris ZTR the 184 is relegated to lighter duties. Now it likes the D21 plug.

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Re: Cub 184 lo boy has lost power.

Postby phil.brandt@aol.com » Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:43 pm

Thanks again to all for your advice.
I have run into some bigger issues and will post more info when I complete what has become a major project.


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