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Old 10-22-2012, 04:05 PM
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New guy from Kentucky here.... I just adopted what I think is a model 1861, with a belly mower. If my research is correct, the tractor was built in 1992 by MTD Company. The tractor was used, then parked in an open sided building about 3-4 years ago. There was zero prep done, just parked. When I drug it out, it was covered with thick coat of dirt & crime. I'm talking nasty... wish I thought to snap a photo. After giving it a bath with some industrial degreaser, and a high pressurer hose, it doesn't look too bad. I have just started working on trying to get it to run (flushing fuel tank, fuel lines, charging battery, etc., etc.,). There is zero oil showing on the dip stick. Not sure if the oil leaked out, or if it was ran without oil. At this point in time, I'm still not sure if this is going to be a working tractor, or scrap metal. Time will tell which it will be.

I have also adopted a 2003, Cub Cadet (Commercial grade Zero turn), Tank (M54) with the 23HP Kawasaki (spell?) engine. It needed a starter. The Kawasaki brand starter was $179.00, Eeeeek. I ended up purchasing a China made starter off e-bay for $64.00..

Anyway, I look forward to learning lots of new & cool stuff from the people on this forum.
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Welcome to OCC and good luck with your new Cub, glad to hear it found a good home!

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Old 10-22-2012, 05:23 PM
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Welcome to OCC and good luck with your new Cub, glad to hear it found a good home!

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Old 10-22-2012, 05:28 PM
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This is the photo AFTER the bath with industrial degreaser & high pressure hose.... it could really use a second bath....

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Is it the only cub forum? My adopted cub looks good, now I just need to get to run.
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I removed both engine side panels last night and went back at this thing with some more industrial degreaser and the high pressure hose... I'm not going to call tractor clean, but at least now, I can get near it without getting covered in dirt, crime, and grease. I also confirmed that the battery is dead, dead, and gone.. No surprize, just money I don't want to spend until I figure out if this tractor is going to be scrap metal or not.
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The after wash looks good! Congrats on your both cubs!
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The after wash looks good! Congrats on your both cubs!
Thanks,, after giving it a second bath with degreaser last night, I added one quart of oil and it brought it to the full mark on dip stick. This morning, no puddle under the engine, so that is a good sign.
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