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V8 cub cadet


03-03-2007 08:53:02

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I have a 72 chevy 4 bolt main 450 hp engine and a 61 cub cadet i want to put my 350 in the cub, i have already streched the frame. I was wondering if the front end is strong enough or if i need to change it?

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05-22-2007 21:35:02

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 Re: V8 cub cadet in reply to Hiposbcman , 03-03-2007 08:53:02  

Stock Cub Cadet axels are very strong and hold up very well.Here's a 60's Cub Cadet with V8 Chevy engine.

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Fred King

05-12-2007 08:09:10

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 Re: V8 cub cadet in reply to Hiposbcman , 03-03-2007 08:53:02  
Check out Avery Allred's V8 Cub Ca Debt!

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Fred King

05-12-2007 08:00:39

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 Re: V8 cub cadet in reply to Hiposbcman , 03-03-2007 08:53:02  
I built a V8 350 Chevy garden tractor and used a stock 16hp Sears front axle. I used a rack and pinion from a Geo Metro and it steers like power steering. I built it about 7 years ago and take it to cruises about every Saturday. I can show you pictures if interested. My email is

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03-23-2007 06:11:10

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 Re: V8 cub cadet in reply to Hiposbcman , 03-03-2007 08:53:02  
My .02 is,steering will be tough,front axle may break from the weight and clutching will be an "issue".

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El Toro

03-03-2007 09:42:14

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 Re: V8 cub cadet in reply to Hiposbcman , 03-03-2007 08:53:02  
I think that big engine will make the steering difficult. Hal

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03-04-2007 00:49:30

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 Re: V8 cub cadet in reply to El Toro, 03-03-2007 09:42:14  
And the transmission would last maybe 10 feet? Good chuckle though. RN

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03-04-2007 09:24:49

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 Re: V8 cub cadet in reply to RN, 03-04-2007 00:49:30  
I don't see the "And the transmission would last maybe 10 feet?" as a "chuckle". I am a retired mechanical engineer and I know that with the right gear reduction the cub tranny will hold. All I care about is the front end.

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steve from mo - dangit!

03-05-2007 06:46:00

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 Re: V8 cub cadet in reply to Hiposbcman , 03-04-2007 09:24:49  
There are a few articles out there about modifying the Cub Cadet front end for use with a Johnson Workhorse loader, so apparently the stock front end is kind of puny. The basic approach is to weld on some 1 inch axles with tapered bearings like a car and use a matching five-bolt hub. All available from Northern Tool.

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