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1948 Cub Purchase

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06-12-2018 07:55:08

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I am a John Deere guy looking at buying a 1948 Cub. My Wife's Grandfather and Great Uncles all worked for Farmall/IH, most as tool and die makers or machinists. It is very likely based on her knowledge that her grandfather helped with some aspect of building a 1948 Cub During his first year at Farmall/IH. So this purchase is part for that reason and partly because we have a small field, .25 acre, our bigger equipment just doesn't fit well on and this tractor will work that piece. A friend is selling a 1948 cub, all new tires, engine gone through, quiet transmission and rear/final drives. Is there anything specific to look out for on these tractors? The current owner has receipts of all work done and the tractor is in overall nice shape. Also has plenty of implements that are part of the deal.

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06-14-2018 18:15:32

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 Re: 1948 Cub Purchase in reply to hotflashjr, 06-12-2018 07:55:08  
Don't do it! Soon you'll fall in love with the darned things and you'll want one for each implement. Trust me, I have three. LOL

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06-13-2018 06:26:00

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 Re: 1948 Cub Purchase in reply to hotflashjr, 06-12-2018 07:55:08  
Check the the final drive housings just to be safe. They are a common point of fracture too.

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06-13-2018 05:03:40

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 Re: 1948 Cub Purchase in reply to hotflashjr, 06-12-2018 07:55:08  
If all the normal wear and tear items have been addressed, broken/repaired castings are the only thing to look for, and then only if it is a poor repair. The tractor is otherwise as bulletproof as a 70 year old tractor can be, meaning, it's 70 years old, anything can fail at any time.

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06-13-2018 11:44:00

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 Re: 1948 Cub Purchase in reply to BarnyardEngineering, 06-13-2018 05:03:40  
I have a few per 1950's JD's and they all have things that wear out over time. Thanks.

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06-12-2018 08:01:47

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 Re: 1948 Cub Purchase in reply to hotflashjr, 06-12-2018 07:55:08  
Check the front bolster and engine for welds, but it sounds pretty well cared for....sounds like a great opportunity.

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