1974 International Cub Cadet 169
Original Dealership: Freund International, Huntley, IL
Tom Hoffman was kind enough to send me the ad for this tractor from one
of the local papers. The seller was not too far from my house - he was
selling it as he just bought a new Deere ZTR. Sucker ;-)
It had its share of problems - there were no engine mounting bolts, so
everytime the PTO was engaged the engine would swing to the side, causing
a LOT of driveshaft misalignment - it pretty much chewed up the cast
coupler on the hydro input shaft.
The hydro was very jerky as well. After a couple of trips up to Dan
Hoefler's house, we made the usual damper spring repair and tightned up
a lot of the slop in the linkage. This fixed most of the problems, but
it still acted funny.
Finally, someone on the forum posted something about the rearend-to-frame
bolts. Sure enough, three were loose and one was missing. Bingo!
It still needs some engine tuning and it has a nasty habit of quitting
under full throttle and high load (if I back off the hydro lever I can
get it to keep running), there's some debate as to the cause of this. But
it still ran well enough to participate all day at Plow Day v2.0.
More to come...
Here's a gallery of pictures of the 169...