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1961 Cub Cadet Original #5384300 03/24/20 07:17 AM
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1961 was the first year International Harvester had the Cub Cadet. This tractor was made in November of 1961.

I just got it done. I added as many options as I could find. This tractor includes a really nice 38" timed mowing deck (including highly sought after deck chute guard), head lights, a Grote tail light, and a rear lift with Brinley Spring Assist and sleeve hitch adapter. The tires are very hard to find NOS originals as well. This tractor was never "cut" for a creeper gear, so I'm not adding one. Other possible missing options are a rear PTO and ultra rare hydraulic lift. The front weight bracket and weights are reproductions. A tractor buddy makes them in Wisconsin, and the weights are poured from a foundry in Illinois.

I have 3 attachment for the rear that will be completed restored here shortly: a #1 IH yard dump cart, a Mott Flail mower, and a Brinley Dump Cart.

Deck Guard.jpgAir Cleaner Side.jpgFront Angle.jpgRear Lift Assist.jpg
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Is that one of the first hydrostat tractors, or traditional transmission? Looks awesome! We have one of those at work, I'll have to snap a picture next time I am in the office.


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Re: 1961 Cub Cadet Original [Re: Phishin] #5384323 03/24/20 07:44 AM
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one nice machine !! wouldn't mind having that myself

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That looks great!

Learned to drive on a 1968 Cub Cadet. A 1968 model 105 (10 HP Kohler, hydrostatic). I was 10.

Later, learned how to replace a head gasket and use a torque wrench. I was 12.

That Cub started me on life’s path in many ways...


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Re: 1961 Cub Cadet Original [Re: Phishin] #5384341 03/24/20 08:16 AM
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Re: 1961 Cub Cadet Original [Re: DriveHard] #5384345 03/24/20 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by DriveHard
Is that one of the first hydrostat tractors, or traditional transmission? Looks awesome! We have one of those at work, I'll have to snap a picture next time I am in the office.


It's a standard transmission. You can see the gear selector under the seat. Yes, PLEASE take a pic of the one you have at work. I'd love to see it.

I forgot to add that I also have fenders and rear wheel weights. Those were all options. Everything on the Cub Cadets was an option. Even the electric start.

Just the bare bones tractor with electric start was $620 back in 1961. That was a decent chunk of change back then. A new Ford truck was about double that....Yikes!!

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Re: 1961 Cub Cadet Original [Re: Phishin] #5384377 03/24/20 09:01 AM
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Nice job restoring that very cool little machine. Who made the engine for that? I am really interested in the history of these.


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Absolutely awesome. My neighbor in PA had one in 1961 or 1962 that made our old Farmall Cub look like a booger.


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Re: 1961 Cub Cadet Original [Re: Trav] #5384433 03/24/20 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Trav
Nice job restoring that very cool little machine. Who made the engine for that? I am really interested in the history of these.


Should be a single cylinder Kohler. Good engine.


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Originally Posted by Astro14
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Nice job restoring that very cool little machine. Who made the engine for that? I am really interested in the history of these.


Should be a single cylinder Kohler. Good engine.


Yep!! It's a 7HP Kohler. Known as a K161. These things run so smooth and sound amazing. They have a good amount of torque. These older Kohlers can't be compared to typical Chinese "7HP" motor today.

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Absolutely awesome. My neighbor in PA had one in 1961 or 1962 that made our old Farmall Cub look like a booger.


Norman....same rear end in the Cub and the Cub Cadet. They are built like tanks.

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Guy on my paper route had one. He needed it, his drive way was a jillion feet long going through a gently sloping lawn. grin2


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Nice tractor!
I am a garden tractor nut! I am partial to the green and yellow ones, but the old Cubs are well built machines.


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Man, I would give my left pinky fingernail for one of those!

Provided I had an injection of lidocaine first.

Awesome!

Back when iron and steel ruled the roost!

That deck is making me drool.

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Very nice. Thanks for sharing


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Not only is it rare to see one so nice, it's even more rare to see new old stock tires and fitted with options!


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