: She thinks my tractor's SEXAY!!!!



Night Wolf
04-10-10, 02:24 AM
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I wasn't going to post this, but sick, out of work a couple days, weekend off and drugged up on meds and/or in bed all day means my sleep cycle is all shot!

Anyway my parents live on 10-acres in North Florida. It's divided up farm land and they want to plant large trees around the permiter of their property as a barrier from future neighbors, but leave enough room between the trees and fence that they can have a walking trail with horses.

Yadayada.... my step-father didn't know if my tractor was up to the task... pfft Heck yes it was! I loaded everything up on the trailer and made the 210-mile journey. I've got faith in my old tractor - enough that I knew it was up to the task when it wouldn't run after sitting under a tarp all winter, and never, ever using the plow that was intended to be used.

Oh, this was also the last trip with the hardtop on the Jeep - which is now sold.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents001.jpg

Weapon of choice is a 1963 IH Cub Cadet 100. This baby is all original - right down to the rust, cracked seat and sloppy steering that made my '79 DeVille seem like a BMW.

Well, not all original, those fenders are from a John Deere 110, and the steering wheel is from a Deere too. The engine is original 10hp Kohler. The tractor alone weights around 850lbs, the rear tires are 26"x12.50 ags (for comparison my Jeep has 31x10.50's in the pictures) front wheels/tires are original, the front grille support thing, engine and transaxle are all cast iron, the frame is steel. The transaxle is a smaller version of that used in the fullsize IH Farmall Cubs. It's worn out but still works hard. I use it around my property to move cut down trees. One day when I actually have a lawn I'll restore it up and use it to mow.

Unless I'm talking to someone that actually knows what these things are, they'll say "your gonna do what with a 10hp lawn mower?" Then I have to explain that it is a "garden tractor" not a "lawn mower".... I usually just give up tho.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents003.jpg

Part GM too! Well, sorta.... that huge Delco-Remy starter-generator is OE.

The no-start condition turned out to be various shot connections, didn't take long to fix. Surely this torn off wire from the clutch didn't help.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents004.jpg

Neat geeky points of interest: Original glass gravity based fuel strainer. Big black cylinder thing is the igniton coil. Yellow box with small button at front of engine is cover to the ignition points - button grounds them out as alt way to stop engine. No drive belts here! This has a real clutch with pressure plate connected to a solid steel driveshaft that feeds the transaxle. The springs for the clutch are shot, but it still engages/disengages fine. The spot for a belt in front of the clutch is where the optional hydraulic pump would run off of - which I now understand why it would be really nice! Every part of the steering system is worn out and needs to be adjusted/rebuilt/replaced which in total means the wheel has 180* of free play. Makes going straight fun!

My step-father helping to get it running. The damanged wire from the clutch and a loose spark plug wire was the no spark/no start problem. Next to the trailer is the Brinley turnover plow, that was never used (properly) since new, and that neither of us have ever used. Don't let the thing fool you, between the tractor and the plow, there are a gajillon adjustments to make it all jive. Once we got it running we ended up driving the tractor back on my trailer to have a "ground" reference point.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents006.jpg

Tractor running and plow mounted. The tractor has a 3-point hitch system, just like a real tractor. It uses the attachtment handle to raise/lower. The spring-assist is next to useless, as the thing is a beast to raise - and thats when the plow is not stuck in the ground. I also brought along my old Wheel Horse disc harrow, which turned out to be useless for this project.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents008.jpg

Nearly 50 years old, not restored, not pretty but still doing exactly what it was made to do :cool:

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents010.jpg

Due to limited number of stuff to plant, we only did 2 of the 4 sides on the property. The tractor and I will be back for round 2 when the rest is read.

Before - Ah nothing like the bling of a chrome hood ornament (original!)

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents012.jpg

After

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents014.jpg

The tractor has a 3-speed transaxle. I mostly plowed in 1st gear. 2nd was too fast, tho sometimes the speed was good, but it really jarred the tractor around, somewhere between 50-years of age, and tires that are far bigger with far more grip then originally installed, pulling a plow thru the ground would cause the trans to pop out of 2nd after a bit. The tractor was just happier in 1st. Throttle was kept around 1/2-2/3, only brought wide open if needed more speed, engine power with this tractor is not an issue. It may only be 10hp, but it's got gobs of torque.

This didn't work. The harrow was not able to process the soil in the as was configuration. Ah well, not the right tool for the job.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents018.jpg

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Jeep!

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents026.jpg

The 2nd of the two runs, and a nice Florida sunset.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents024.jpg


All in all, it was a fun weekend. I left late Friday night and returned Sunday. It was fun to get to use the tractor for new things. I still have an electrical problem with it as it will not charge the battery, it did last year. When I was a kid, I used a restored (by my father) '63 Cub 100, that my grandfather bought when my father was a kid. I wanted my own. The thing is a ruff and tuff work horse now, but one day will be restored and relax just mowing the lawn. Still tho, it sounds, runs and smells like I remembered. These old cast iron flathead Kohlers are the best small engines IMO, such a wide RPM range, sounds great, powerful, reliable and still can get parts for them - lots of fun! My engine still starts right up on a cold start and dosen't burn any oil.

c5 rv
04-10-10, 08:36 AM
I hear you about real garden tractors. I have a 1985 JD 318 with an Onan engine, dash mounted hydrostatic, and 2 hydraulic channels. I bought it about 10 years ago when I broke my heel, couldn't walk my yard, and needed something with hand controls. It's way more tractor than I need for my under 1/2 acre lot. But, the blade, snow blower, tiller, and mower deck attachments make the work go quickly.

BTW, my wife grew up on the farm, but does not consider my tractor sexy.

Night Wolf
04-10-10, 12:33 PM
I hear you about real garden tractors. I have a 1985 JD 318 with an Onan engine, dash mounted hydrostatic, and 2 hydraulic channels. I bought it about 10 years ago when I broke my heel, couldn't walk my yard, and needed something with hand controls. It's way more tractor than I need for my under 1/2 acre lot. But, the blade, snow blower, tiller, and mower deck attachments make the work go quickly.

BTW, my wife grew up on the farm, but does not consider my tractor sexy.

:(

I know of the 318, nice garden tractor too! I have heard the Onan's can be very tough to rebuild if they need be tho.

Still tho, there is something about the older real garden tractors that put new offerings to shame.

Kick94sts
04-10-10, 01:47 PM
That's an awesome tractor!!!!!!!

EChas3
04-10-10, 08:42 PM
I had a JD 140 that was another one of these old bulls. Back in the day, HP ratings were very conservative and they were built to last.

They used to make Garden Tractors and now they build Garden Tractors.

Kick94sts
04-10-10, 08:48 PM
You made my interest peak again. I have this tractor out at the farm-

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m154/d_fisch77/100_0420.jpg

12 horse briggs.

But it needs the carb rebuilt right now, and possibly rings. There's a big auction coming up with a lot of mower parts, I might find a bigger engine to swap in or a cooler mower ( John Deere 110?? yes plz!)

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-11-10, 09:37 AM
Cool stuff. Did your Cub Cadet come with that muffler from the factory, or did you add that in later?

Night Wolf
04-11-10, 10:16 PM
Cool stuff. Did your Cub Cadet come with that muffler from the factory, or did you add that in later?

It was put on by the guy I purchased it from. It's kinda over-done, but neat at the same time. It stays for now. One day when it's all restored, an OE muffler setup will be installed.

Not me, but here is a video of someone on a 100 using a similar plow...

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Jesda
04-11-10, 10:37 PM
Damn, a half century of service! Almost as old as some of the Douglas/MD aircraft flying around. :P

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-11-10, 10:46 PM
Wow, it was made the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis.