An employee from an agricultural and horticultural equipment firm near Banbury has painstakingly restored a 44-year-old lawn tractor to its former glory.
Andrew Bolter of FN Pile and Sons near Warmington has spent the past six months painstakingly restoring a Cub Cadet International 76, with a Briggs and Stratton pull start engine, originally manufactured in 1972.
The vintage model had been stowed away for many years in a shed in Staffordshire and after being snapped up by Mr Bolter, he set about the restoration process, doing everything himself.
Mr Bolter said: “It has been a real pleasure doing it up. I have done big tractors in the past and it was nice to do something smaller.
“I have always been a Cub Cadet International fan so when the opportunity arose I jumped at the chance”.
The belts, pulleys and blades were all in great condition, and remain the originals. The only item that needed changing was the float in the carburettor and the lawn tractor now once again runs again after many years being locked away in the dark.
The fiberglass bonnet has survived the test of time and Mr Bolter carried out the repainting himself, opting for the original ‘International Yellow’, rather than the modern day ‘Cub Cadet Yellow, staying true to the piece’s history.
He even sourced stickers and transfers from the original suppliers in the USA.
Martin Wasley, Cub Cadet’s sales and technical manager, said: “It is fantastic to see that these wonderful machines are still around and going strong. This restoration project is testament to the brand’s strong heritage and reputation of being manufacturers of truly reliable tractors which can stand the test of time.”
With the restoration project now complete, Mr Bolter has shown the restored tractor at the Model Tractor Show and will now take it to steam rallies.
His Cub Cadet plans don’t stop here; his next restoration project is a 1971 Cub Cadet International Model 106.