Andrew was invited to display his project at a special exhibit, where he shared his enthusiasm for antique tractors. "I learned from a young age that there is nothing at all like driving a tractor, and to own one myself would just be too cool," he says. "I chose this as my project because compared to anything else I could do, it would best reflect the knowledge I've learned. I will also have an essentially brand new tractor to use on the farm."
The Cub was rough and ready ... for restoration. Andrew and his dad searched the classifieds for the perfect candidate. "I combed everything I could get my hands on and highlighted the cheaper, little gas tractors," Andrew says. "I certainly didn't want to tackle some big machine or a diesel as my first project!"||Static/1107/P1010081.jpg||Mid-December: The Cub is stripped down to the chassis. "When working on 50-year-old machines, sometimes you have to be a little creative in the process," Andrew says. "There were many stuck bolts, bent and missing pieces, but with a little creativity you can save a lot of money on the fixes." For some fixes, Andrew relied on a sandblaster and an electrolysis tank he built himself.
The Cub's engine disassembled.
Early February: The transmission and rear end main case. After discovering a braze on the Cub's transmission, Andrew opted to get a replacement unit.
Early January: the engine ready to be reassembled. "Until this point in time, I had never restored or rebuilt much of anything," Andrew muses.
The repainted chassis with wheels and tires mounted, just as Andrew was ready to start the process of final assembly in mid-March.
Andrew painting the Cub's chassis in early March before beginning final reassembly.
The repainted chassis with engine attached.
The finished restoration of Andrew Spivey's Farmall Cub. "This was a complete rebuild," Andrew says. "Nothing was left untouched. I know this Cub like the back of my hand. And nobody was allowed to help. All of the seals, engine work, paint and decals had to be done by me." His hard work paid off: Andrew received a perfect score on his senior project.
Rear view of the restored Cub. Andrew plans to use the tractor next spring on an okra patch, and as the family's mowing unit (as soon as he gets his International C-2 mower fixed).