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V-8 Cub Cadet Garden Tractor
Matt Brand, Bay City, Wis., replaced the original 1-cyl., 7 hp. engine on his 1961 Cub Cadet garden tractor with an American Motors 304 cu. in., V-8 carbureted engine.
The tractor is equipped with dual wheels on back and big rear fenders. The radiator and grill on front are off a Farmall Cub tractor.
I built it mainly as a conversation piece. The big engine came out of an old Jeep and was a very tight fit, says Brand. I got the tractor from a friend. I had to do a lot of tape measure work. I built the frame and pieced it together from there.
The tractor already had dual wheels when Brand got it. He made a small extension on front to hold the radiator and grill. He also had to move the gas tank back under the frame and move the battery back behind the tractors rear end.
The engine extended too high to put the original hood back on, but Brand says he plans to make a new hood to accommodate the engine.
The tractor still has the original 3-speed transmission, although Brand adapted a belt drive to make it work. I had machining done to adapt the original belt pulley system to the Jeeps flywheel. A cable runs from the carburetor to the original hand throttle.
I plan to section the hood out around the air cleaner to get it to fit. The hood will flip up from both sides, much like the hood on old Ford Model T cars. Ive never seen a Cub tractor equipped with a bifold butterfly hood like the one I plan to install, says Brand.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Matt Brand, W5372 County Rd. V, Bay City, Wis. 54723 (ph 715 410-0490).

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