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Old 06-25-2018, 02:38 PM
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Hello everyone!

I had been window shopping for a new 'riding mower' to replace a older Troy Built that came with the house we bought a few years back. We are on 1 acre. I researched all the usual suspects, the green ones, the orange ones, the red ones.....

Then I spoke with a friend who recommended a Cub Cadet because his dad had one back in the day that was so torquey that it would lay tracks in the driveway. I was stuck thinking about my days in the Cub scouts, and that somehow this brand was for kids.... It's just how my brain works, not sayin it's a good excuse, or reason!!

So i started looking..... then I discovered this YouTube video on the history of Cub Cadet, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FQ7dRyGzSY&t=318s

.... and being a long time 'fan' of IH, that was the tipping point for me. After I finished the history lesson, it was on to full Google research mode on which CC was going to fit the bill for me.

Long story short I found a 1864 for sale on Craigslist for $450. Said it needed a battery, but was otherwise "restored"....

I grabbed a friends hauling rig and went to pick it up. Brought a new battery and some fresh gas with me. It would turn over with the new battery, but none of the new gas was moving up the filter. Good spark and a poor man's compression test felt ok..... good enough to gamble.

I bought it for $400.

It's been sitting under my carport for a few months while the higher priority tasks at home got clicked off. So I tore into it this last weekend. Put a new fuel pump and filter in, got the gas to flow, still no start. Tore off the carb and found the nastiness that was once a working carb. poured a little gas in the intake and got it to finally fire off for a few seconds!!!! Hallelujah!

Found this for a replacement, so that's on the list of 'to buy' and then should be close to in business.

http://www.griggsmowerparts.com/2485334.html


Glad to be here! thank you for all your posts, they have already been a great asset to me!

-Brandon

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Old 06-25-2018, 03:46 PM
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Welcome to OCC! You have a good one there!
Hope a carb is all it needs!
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Welcome to OCC! You have a good one there!
Hope a carb is all it needs!
New carb??? Clean it up! Probably gummed up from sitting
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Welcome to OCC. I wouldn't buy a new carb till I found out if a good cleaning and maybe a kit would fix it.
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:27 PM
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Clean the carb. thoroughly, and blow it out with compressed air, nothing to loose as others have said.
I've seen worse and had them run well.
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Old 06-25-2018, 11:03 PM
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Clean the carb. thoroughly, and blow it out with compressed air, nothing to loose as others have said.
I've seen worse and had them run well.
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Old 06-26-2018, 04:53 PM
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Thanks for the input, I will give the carb a good clean and post how it turns out.

@Terry C ....."it IS the rabbit!"
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:25 PM
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Almost like y'all were prophets! :P

Sure enough, I picked up a paint can of Berryman's carb cleaner and let all the metal parts soak. Put it all back together with the old nasty O-rings to see what happened, and it wanted to start.

So after ordering a rebuild kit and giving all the parts another soak in the Berryman's for good measure, I cleaned it all out, and put all the new seals on. Gave her a crank and sure enough she started up and stayed running! I took a proud lap around the neighborhood.

Observations from the test drive:

The PTO seems to be working remarkably well, compared to my expectation.

The power deck functions are working.

The engine has some surging at low to mid idle, and the power steering is acting like it's low on fluid (lots of steering slop and whining).

So onto search the forums!!

-Brandon
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