A Young Man's Junk Is an Old Man's Toy


| December/January 2000



Old Fire Truck

Above, the befores, below the afters.

403 Glenmore, Victoria, Texas 77904

A young friend gave me this Cub Cadet Model 72. I don't know the year model, probably in the low '60s.

The spindles were stuck, the tires were rotted. The engine was free, the steering gear was shot and the generator starter was shorted.

I decided to make a show tractor to play with. The engine is a 12 HP Kohler with re-ringed valves ground along with new seals, gaskets, points and condenser.

This model tractor drives by a drive shaft with a dry clutch. Some of these models came with a creeper gear which, when engaged, cuts the speed in half, mine doesn't have this. I tried to find one, but no luck. I left a place for it on the deck. It belts directly to the transmission. Perhaps someone will read this article and sell me one. The 16 inch wheels on the rear put a little extra speed in low gear.

The front spindles were reamed out and new spindles made four inches longer to raise the front end.