4154 Main Road, Tiverton, Rhode Island 02878
In October 93 my 1950 Farmall Cub required some minor mechanical
work. One year later I completed the repairs and a whole lot more.
The Cub was purchased in 1950 for $800 by my family. It was fitted
with three 36′ Bulldog mowers to mow our four acres of lawn
including an apple orchard. In its early years, the Cub powered a
generator, a water pump and a cord wood saw via its PTO. I learned
to operate the Cub at six years of age with the addition of wooden
blocks on the pedals.
Although my mechanical expertise for this undertaking was
somewhat limited, I asked many questions of knowledgeable friends.
The tractor was completely disassembled to the last bolt. The
engine was sent out for its first complete rebuild. All gaskets,
seals and bushings were replaced. The clutch and throw out bearing,
as well as the brake bands, were replaced even though they were
All parts were available through a local IH Case dealer. Tires
and decals were purchased through GEM advertisers.
Every piece of the tractor was stripped of all paint, primed and
finished with tractor red enamel. A lot of masking tape and
newspaper made a detailed paint job worthwhile. The tractor had
always been garaged and serviced faithfully, so it was in good
overall condition in appearance and was mechanically sound, making
the restoration process go very smoothly.
I’ve just finished restoring the IH 1000 single arm loader
which I bought several years ago to replace the original Henderson
loader. The tractor is fitted with dual rear wheels for traction
and stability essential with the loader. The dual rear wheels were
reinstalled when the loader went back on.
The Cub is a member of my family and has been invaluable to me
around my 8 acre yard. Although I missed the use of my Cub for the
past year, the results were worth the time spent restoring it. I
hope you agree.