Hello fellow Cubs!
November is here!! I hope everyone is doing well and now it's time for the 1864 update.
Before I start, I know that it is veteran's day. For all the veterans out there, thank you for your sacrifice and service. You have all my respect and admiration.
On to the details... I started to replace hydraulic fluid on the cub but was awaiting the back order of Cub Cadet HyTrans fluid (4 week delay). Once I started I realized that the lines on the hydraulic lift were pretty crunchy. In fact, one broke when I grabbed it for the test. I was also afraid that the lift would cause those to burst so I replaced the hydraulic lift with used-new lines with an ebay replacement.
When I pulled the back plate off of the differential I noticed that there was a half gallon of water that came out first and then some sludge along with hytrans fluid. I pushed the seat forward and noticed the hydraulic fluid lid was open and probably had been for some time. While pushing the seat forward and out of the way I noticed the seat slides were in bad shape. I pulled them off and added them to the to-do list. I met a nice fellow Cub Cadet owner through fb and he had a set of slides as well as a couple of newer bulk head brackets. Ordered and replaced.
When I was underneath the Cub I noticed that the skid plate was completely rusted at the edges. I jumped on ebay and found the exact part for a few bucks so I decided to pick it up while I could. I will install this part this weekend.
While underneath the tractor I inspected the lift mechanism and noticed that the ferrules that connect the lift to the tractor were in bad shape and the one on the left had completely rusted off and was missing. I have since purchased a couple of newer ones and will install those this weekend. I took the lift attachment outside and set it on top of the deck that Rich sold me and the lift fits perfectly. I'm very pleased with this but I'm also going to continue to look for a 46 or 54 gt. I reached out to the gentleman on FB who has the 54" gt and he's willing to hang on to it for me until I can either head up there or meet him half way. That's currently the plan. I'll rebuild the 42" deck slowly and use the 50c in the meantime.
While I had the wheels off, I noticed the brake wasn't springing back into place like I wanted so I took a few minutes to tighten up the brake linkages on both sides. This was pretty straight-foward but awkward because of the location of the rear fender and the left/right step panels join exactly where the pin for the linkage connects. Pulling the cotter pins, lubing the threaded linkage, tightening, and then reinstalling seemed easy enough. Now the brakes feel better.
I have used a simple degreaser and a scrubber to bring the paint around. I'm pretty pleased as the yellow color has returned. Even the wife complemented with, "doesn't even look like the same tractor".
When inspecting the front head lights I noticed that the plastic posts or studs for the head light mounts were broken. I used epoxy and re-glued them back down. I have reinstalled the lights. While diagnosing my lights issue I noticed that only a single light was on and when I was testing the other light with the working light's wires I accidentally touched them together which caused something to happen where the electronics are no longer functioning. This happened last night and I will investigate this tonight/weekend.
- hydraulic fluid changed
- hydraulic lift swapped
- fixed rear tail lights
- fixed head lights
- fixed the seat slides / reinstalled the seat
- bulk head bracket replacements
- install skid plate
- install ferrules into deck lift
- install hub caps again
- install cyclops grid style grill
- install instrument panel cover
- fix electrical problem
(hopefully this is a 20A fuse that I have found)
- reinstall steering wheel with new cub logo'd cap
- fix the head light that isn't working
Now a question for the advanced members around here. I saw the voltage regulator and the part seems to be in rough shape as the rust has covered the casing completely. Do you happen to know what the regulator does, how important it is, and where to find a decent replacement? Can I test it and figure out if it is working?
I"m sure I'm missing a few details but thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!