Collecting And Restoring A Farmall Cub Tractor
Collectors of antique tractors seek out not only finely restored examples of their favorite models, but also the rusted, non-running examples littering the land around old farmsteads. At times it may even be hard to distinguish which model is languishing in the weeds, as parts may have been cannibalized to keep other tractors in service. However, one of the most easily recognized old tractors currently being sought by enthusiasts is the Farmall Cub tractor.
Originally, the Cub tractor was produced to encourage a resurgence of small farming after World War II. The Cub was an inexpensive solution to planting and cultivating problems long experienced by small scale farmers producing vegetables or other tightly planted crops. The size and maneuverability of the Cub helped to make it one of the most popular small tractors ever built. With an extremely smooth running four cylinder engine, the little Cub soon found a following of not only the small farmers originally targeted by the manufacturer, but also by larger farm operations where there was a need for an efficient tractor that could handle maintenance chores where larger tractors were just too big to economically use.
Later models of this tractor were introduced to meet the needs of other industries. Industrial models were painted yellow rather than the traditional red, and were lowered to allow for safe operation in industrial applications. The economical characteristics of the Cub soon won the hearts of managers at industrial and warehouse sites, and the demand for the tractor expanded rapidly. Various incarnations of the iconic Cub were built from 1947 until 1979.
Collectors, many of whom can be found at various websites devoted to Cubs, competitively seek out tractors and parts to keep the Farmall Cub tractor models a part of our farming heritage. Shows around the country allow Cub owners to show off their restoration skills and meet other Cub enthusiasts. For anyone interested in pursuing the hobby, the shows offer an excellent opportunity to see the tractors, meet current owners, and just talk about tractors. Just about every small town has tractors like the Cub included in holiday parades, keeping the idea of tractor ownership alive for small boys to retired folks who grew up using a Cub, making the future of collecting and restoring Cubs a safe bet.