Hauled this ol' girl home today. I bought it from a Cub Cadet fanatic who, according to his dad, has over 100 and several prize winning restorations. We had a Cub Cadet model 70 that we used to mow the grass at our house when I was a kid. There was a slightly newer, wide frame model at the farm for mowing around the barns. A narrow frame Cub Cadet was on my nostalgia list and the right one at the right price finally came up.
This tractor was built in 1967 along with 3,800 other model 71's before production switched to the model 72. A Kohler 7HP single cylinder air cooled engine powers this little tractor. Indestructible engines. I dare say, even more indestructible than the Gravely T head.
The seller was selling off a bit of overflow, but he hated to see such a straight tractor go. He had it running and driving before he determined the carburetor was shot. He gave me a new one with the tractor. I installed that and reassembled several things that were apart. A new battery was installed and she fired right up. After a quick tune of the carb I pulled it out of the garage for a ride to heat up and stir the oil and transmission fluid. She runs and drives great!
I put it back in the garage and changed the motor oil and transmission fluid. It uses HY-Tran in the transmission. Pricy stuff compared to regular 90w gear oil, but luckily I had the better part of a 2 gallon jug for the Farmall Cubs hydraulic pumps. I headed out on another ride.
Mrs. Joegoat brought the dogs out while I was on my second drive around the yard. I could tell she wanted to try it out. So I hopped off and gave her a quick rundown on it. She had a blast! That makes me happy because she thinks the "big" Cubs are too big for her. Now she has something to haul the trash to the road with. We have a quarter mile of driveway and that's a long hike with two trash cans.
There are some odds and ends that this tractor needs, but they are low priority. The hood ornament is on the way though. I was not about to drive this any longer without the proper hood ornament.
Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati - When all else fails, play dead.
Quando omni flunkus, moritati (When all else fails, play dead) - The Possum Lodge Oath