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    Had a family member call me a few days ago and ask if I wanted my grandfather's old Farmall Cub. It was one that my uncle and I got running shortly after my grandfather's death 25 years ago. All the running equipment and implements got shipped down from his place in MI to my family's farm in IL. That farm got sold off a few years ago after another family member's death. This is the last remaining piece, and is said to be in very good condition. Hasn't run in years, but ran when parked in the barn a couple years ago. I don't have much from that grandfather like I do from the other side of the family. The tools, equipment, and machinery all got sent off to be used at the last remaining family farm. So I can't turn down the opportunity at this family heirloom. I know most wouldn't consider it one. But I do.

    So I drove 15 hours solo each way and picked up the tractor my grandfather had purchased new. Before he died he gave it to his nephew. His nephew restored it and maintained it perfectly. Then he passed away a few years back and his wife, Donna, called to see if I wanted it. I couldn't pass up the chance at a family heirloom... Drove out Saturday morning and got back this morning about 4am. Well worth the 30+ hours of driving straight by myself.















    Was amazing to get the chance to spend some time with family I don't normally get to see. Was made to feel so welcomed and loved being able to hear some of the past stories and learning about their current lives. Here is a shot of my cousin and I:



    Knowing that he is a big country music fan, as well as a fan of tequila, and that he had been searching for a bottle, I brought this as a "thank you" gift for him:



    All in all, I will love and cherish this family heirloom for as long as one is able. Thanks for letting me share.

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    Cool.
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    Very cool. Never let it go.

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    Family heirloom - congrats.

    I spent many an hour on a Farmall Cub cutting grass with a 60" belly slung mower. The PTO that disengaged with the clutch took some getting used to.

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    Great "thing" you did there!

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    Very nice.
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    That's really neat! A timeless classic.

    I love how the engine is off-set from the seat, you can actually see in front of you while driving.
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    Very nice! I learned how to operate a clutch on a Super-A, many great memories associated with it.
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    that is way cool! my family is not into heirlooms much, so color me jealous!

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    jayson44 previously posted:
    "that is way cool! my family is not into heirlooms much, so color me jealous!

    J."

    My family, at least my immediate family, isn't really sentimental except for me. I never hot much of a chance at knowing relatives outside my immediate family. My father worked for IBM and moved us out to Colorado, away from the rest of the families on both sides, when he took an executive position. That was the same year I was born, and so I had very limited contact till I was old enough to take getting to know them upon myself. Funny thing is, I am more like my extended family, then like my immediate family. So having keepsakes from them means the world to me. My grandfather on the other side ran the special's shop for GM for most of his life. He pulled out a metal lathe in the 70's that GM bought new in 1927. He ended up giving that to me shortly before his death. It is in decent shape and is operational and setup for making parts in my shop. Now I get to add the tractor into my collection and get a bit of representation from both sides. Makes my heart warm.

    I really wish I had some more of my grandfather Brucker's tools. His was a master carpenter and build many a home around Flint, MI. I am kicking myself I didn't take his property (20 arces with house and barns he build himself) just after he died as if was offered to me for nothing. I just couldn't justify or really figure out how to keep up a property I would never use in another state. Plus I was only in my early 20's and hadn't grasped what was actually being offered.

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    It's alive!!!

    I replaced the old leaking battery and repaired all the damage that it caused. I changed all the fluids and filters. Also removed and cleaned the carburetor and the gas tank. And also cleaned up the distributor, points, and plugs. I wanted to get "proof of life" before I reassembled it all. So after I got it to turn over, I took this short video of it's first start even though it's just running off starting fluid. Now that I know for a fact it will run, I will get the fuel cell mounted again and plumbed, and then get it started and running, and take it for a drive!


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    Just got done driving it around the property. I am grinning ear to ear.


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    Some have asked all what I had to do to get it going. Really not all that much. Just what I wrote before:

    Brucker previously posted:
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    I replaced the old leaking battery and repaired all the damage that it caused. I changed all the fluids and filters. Also removed and cleaned the carburetor and the gas tank. And also cleaned up the distributor, points, and plugs. I wanted to get "proof of life" before I reassembled it all. So after I got it to turn over, I took this short video of it's first start even though it's just running off starting fluid. Now that I know for a fact it will run, I will get the fuel cell mounted again and plumbed, and then get it started and running, and take it for a drive!
    "

    The leaking battery and old fuel in the tank were the most work. This thing is so simple and basic that I would imagine a full overhaul out in the field would not only be very doable, it still wouldn't be that much effort. Imagine if things were still made that way today!

    As for the old battery, it exploded, leaked and started corroding things. Here is a look at the battery box and what the box was attached to after pulling the battery and removing the liquid:













    I cleaned up the affected areas after neutralizing the acid and prepped them for paint without destroying as much as possible of the original:





    Then tried to match the color the best I could and then reassembled:









    The original 3 piece battery box was welded together to make a 2 piece box some ages ago. This makes getting the battery in and out, difficult. So I ordered a new, reproduction unit. If it is decent quality, I will install it when it arrives.

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    excellent work with an immeasurable payback!
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    Brucker previously posted:
    "This makes getting the battery in and out, difficult."

    Consider making a "battery lift handle" out of paracord (or similar).

    Cut perhaps four feet of cord, lay across/into the box with the loose ends out of the box, perhaps the long dimension of the battery,start to set battery into box, the loose ends can then be pulled upon to lift the battery up/out (or ease the battery in). I'd consider tying the ends together to make the lift out a one handed task leaving the other hand to steady the battery.

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    xaza previously posted:
    "excellent work with an immeasurable payback!"

    Thanks for the kind words. This has been one of the most fulfilling projects I have done. Wasn't difficult or challenging in any way which is how I usually find my happy place. But the pure sentimental aspect has been quite refreshing after the past year of health struggles for my father. He will hopefully be feeling well enough in the coming weeks to stop by and drive the tractor he spent so many hours on as a kid.

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    Jim previously posted:
    "Consider making a "battery lift handle" out of paracord (or similar).

    Cut perhaps four feet of cord, lay across/into the box with the loose ends out of the box, perhaps the long dimension of the battery,start to set battery into box, the loose ends can then be pulled upon to lift the battery up/out (or ease the battery in). I'd consider tying the ends together to make the lift out a one handed task leaving the other hand to steady the battery."

    Thanks for thinking of me Jim. Would be a nice solution if that was the issue. And yes the battery is tight to the box, but I seem to have enough grip strength in my fingers required to pull in straight up and out. That is once one removes the 4 bolts hold the seat on and the seat. You see there is not enough height between the box and the seat for the battery to squeeze through. It is way the original was designed as a three piece unit. One would remove the top, then the front plate, and then the battery could slide out the front. I could cut apart the welded together box and then repair it and repaint. And that will be what I end up doing if the repop isn't of very good quality.

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    AWESOME, thats just awesome, and priceless. Congrats

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    Brucker previously posted:
    "I could cut apart the welded together box and then repair it and repaint."

    I toss the kind challenge your way. It seems your skills and abilities are right in line for the task. Keep it authentic (with the aftermarket on the shelf). It'd be a sincere contribution to the history of the tractor.

    If nothing else, it'll be a nice write-up.


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