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jon ernstoff

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i have a 1976 cub cadet 1450 that cosmetically is in excellent condition. It has been serviced yearly and now appears to need engine rebuild. None of the local lawn mower service folks have time to look at it until the fall. If anyone knows someone in the Connecticut area, preferably in central Connecticut, who might rebuild the engine, the information would be appreciated. Will otherwise sell it to someone who can rebuild themselves or for parts. Again, cosmetically she is in great shape. Has plow and mower deck. jernstoff@yahoo.com
 

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Jon, I suspect that is just a polite way of telling you they want nothing to do with rebuilding an older Cub.

.Good Luck!
 

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i have a 1976 cub cadet 1450 that cosmetically is in excellent condition. It has been serviced yearly and now appears to need engine rebuild. None of the local lawn mower service folks have time to look at it until the fall. If anyone knows someone in the Connecticut area, preferably in central Connecticut, who might rebuild the engine, the information would be appreciated. Will otherwise sell it to someone who can rebuild themselves or for parts. Again, cosmetically she is in great shape. Has plow and mower deck. jernstoff@yahoo.com
Do you have pictures?
 

jon ernstoff

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Wow that's nice!! That's a seriously good looking machine you got there... (y) (y)
What makes you think the engine needs rebuilt?
When I get into high grass or go up hill, engine. sputters and dies. While serviced, folks indicated that it was loosing compression. Engine was rebuilt once and individual who performed this (a number of years ago) wasn't sure if it could go through another rebuild. I don't have time or ability to trouble shoot so, options are to have someone check it "when they have time" ( could be the fall) or sell it
 

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Why did trhe rebuilder think last time it wasn't fit to do again?
What all was done to it last time?
Was it bored like .030 or so?
Cracked block?
That is a super nice looking Cub, I would do whatever it needed to save it.
Much much nicer that most one would see on C/L or F/B
Like Dawid said, too bad you are 1/2 a continent away here also.
 

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First thing I'd do is remove the head, take a peek and see if there's anything obvious. Could be a simple head gasket, new bolts and some mild sanding to ensure the head is flat. Maybe a valve...
It's simple enough...an hour with some plain old hand tools, some pictures, help from the knowledgeable people on this forum and you might be able to diagnose the problem. That is a sweet machine and worthy of repair. If you choose to sell it without fixing it, it will be worth far less...
 

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Jon, as others have mentioned that is a very nice 1450! Definitely worth getting the engine fixed.
 

jon ernstoff

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I was able to locate the mechanic who did the first rebuild. He is going to look at the engine this weekend to try and determine the specific problem and if so, is it worth repairing. I appreciate all the input I have received so far. The tractor has been in our family since new so would like to try and get it running again. If not practical, will then consider selling.
 

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My thoughts on the "not worth rebuilding" Perhaps your mechanic is looking at the total cost factor of the engine rebuild. If so then what he is saying in a way makes sense. What he is thinking is that it is cheaper to buy a new mower than rebuild the engine. However what he is overlooking is the fact that once rebuilt that engine will last a long time. If the rest of the tractor and mower deck are also in good condition then it is a no brainer. That Cub Cadet will outlast two - three new box store lawn or garden tractors. Just my thoughts. :)
 

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i have a 1976 cub cadet 1450 that cosmetically is in excellent condition. It has been serviced yearly and now appears to need engine rebuild. None of the local lawn mower service folks have time to look at it until the fall. If anyone knows someone in the Connecticut area, preferably in central Connecticut, who might rebuild the engine, the information would be appreciated. Will otherwise sell it to someone who can rebuild themselves or for parts. Again, cosmetically she is in great shape. Has plow and mower deck. jernstoff@yahoo.com
Am I the only ones that see's that there no mention of price! And somehwere in CT. is pretty vague.
 

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And seeing this started in May, and was quiet until recently.... who knows what is going on now?
Oh well.
 

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Always looking for motor work, email me at kenssmallengines@@@@aol.com
The Boys and girls here can vouch for me, I've done tons of them! I'm in Trumbull
 

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