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I managed to spin up some original diehards when I did this 1650 in blue to match the hood stripes about 14 years ago. The third pic shows the shade of blue the way it actually looked in person. The other pics show it darker blue but it wasn't. Cub guys seem to be more sensitive to color changes than JD enthusiasts. A few old farts at ihregistry.com were rather irate. Everybody else there just said 'aw.. shuddup..' when they protested. I ended up meeting one of them down in Indiana later on and we ended up good friends.

It actually sold immediately when I advertised it and I got some inquiries for a while after too. Just fer fun I told a local guy it was a special Great Lakes model made to promote clean lakes. I thought he would just laugh but he said he remembered them doing that and talked about it like he actually did. I thought it best to leave it that way so he wouldn't feel silly if I fessed up. So if you ever hear rumours about a Great Lakes 1650 it's my fault. :D
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I like it, it's a really nice looking machine. Very good quality restoration, and honestly the blue actually looks pretty good on it. Maybe someday I'll do a full resto on a machine, but for now I just leave them with their original paint and rust.

The only tractor I own that was repainted off colors is my red 147, which still needs my attention if I ever want to get it running! I'm basically going to have to completely tear it down and rebuild it, although I won't be repainting it. Steering is really stiff, hydro linkage is stuck, release valve lever is broken and the valve buttons are probably stuck... I already tore through the engine over winter so at least that's good to go. I got my work cut out for me on this one that's for sure... at least it was free!

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But anyway, once again, amazing work on that 1650!
 

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Very nice looking. I have been John Deere all my life and thus have very little experience with Cub Cadet.
 

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Very nice looking. I have been John Deere all my life and thus have very little experience with Cub Cadet.
I like both brands. I only stopped using CC's because of parts were so hard to find. Very few new parts were available and I had to go all the way to Indiana to get used stuff a couple times. Parts for my JD's are slowly going NLA but as you know there's still quite a bit available.


The only tractor I own that was repainted off colors is my red 147, which still needs my attention if I ever want to get it running! I'm basically going to have to completely tear it down and rebuild it, although I won't be repainting it.
My old model 71 CC has red wheels and deck cover. Not sure if grandpa did that or somebody else. It was fairly common years ago. Some guys wanted the red IH look. The top pair of tires in the stack have Cub Cadet lettered on them. Don't know where he got them but dad had them on his little 'jeep' machine so I traded him for a set of tires I had. Gotta mount them yet. Not sure if I will. The model 71 is staying exactly the same as when grandpa had it, no resto. And I'm not sure if I'll keep my 1200 Cub Cadet long term.
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I like both brands. I only stopped using CC's because of parts were so hard to find. Very few new parts were available and I had to go all the way to Indiana to get used stuff a couple times. Parts for my JD's are slowly going NLA but as you know there's still quite a bit available.
I don't mean to imply that I dislike other color of tractors. Much fun can be had joking about tractors. I had an Uncle who had the IH brand and he would tease me with "You could be out plowing corn, stop and hide because with the tractor being green no one could see you,"

He had a IH 350 with torque amplifier that was fun to drive. I remember one time when I worked for him that I drug two wagons to local grain elevator. When I left his farm I started off in low 4th, then high 4th, then low 5th and on up. It was fun to run the gears.

I guess what I am saying all tractors have their place but John Deere's have my heart.
 
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I doubt it would ever cross anybody's mind here. Brand bashing is a pastime enjoyed by everybody if it's good natured. It's often a heritage thing. I grew up around Ford tractors and vehicles ..and I have some. I like JD tractors too ..and I have some. I also like the Dodge Hellcats ..but I don't have some.

I don't mean to imply that I dislike other color of tractors. Much fun can be had joking about tractors.
 
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I have had more than my share of Cub Cadets, and just recently gotten into 332's....primarily because I wanted power steering. The first photo below stated the problem I had initially on which tractor should go (since I had worked for both CaseIH and John Deere). The second photo is of a friend of mine that I worked with at John Deere. He and I were always needling each other about which tractor was best. I was selling a 1650 and my friend thought that it would be a good tractor for a neighbor kid of his that was starting in the lawn mowing business. One thing led to another and the kid bought it. When my buddy came to pick it up with his neighbor kid, I drove the tractor to the back of his trailer and got off the tractor. My buddy said: Go ahead and load the tractor. I responded: Nope, a trucker always loads his own trailer.....and he fell for it. When he got on the tractor to load it on his trailer, I snapped the photo. The look on his face was priceless. I then sent the photo to everyone I knew at John Deere that knew my buddy with the caption: Here is what happens the first time a John Deere guy gets on a Cub Cadet!
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Genius move, heh heh! Revenge is a dish best served cold so don't get complacent if he doesn't get you back right away :p. That's a really nice 782 btw. Would be welcome in my stable.
 

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That's not the only thing he deserves to get me back about. His Dad farmed with both red and green equipment that my buddy still has. He asked me at one point where he could get some after market parts for his Dad's red tractor that he was going to restore. I invited him to go with me and another buddy to the Red Power Days that was coming up (this was a couple of years back) so he could look for himself at the show. He just shook his head and said: I don't think so. I even offered to lend him a CaseIH coat and hat to wear at the show so he would "blend in". His reply: Nope, can't do that. My other buddy told him to just subscribe to the Red Power Magazine since a lot of after market companies advertise in the magazine. His quicker reply was: Can't do that either! So I offered him an alternative: If you subscribe to the Red Power Magazine, just ask for it to be mailed to your house in a brown paper wrapper like the rest of the porn that you get and no one will ever know! We all laughed and he forgot about it.

A couple of months later I mailed him a copy of the Red Power Magazine to his house in a brown paper wrapper with additional labels on it like: Not to be opened by minors! Rush Order! And I even added a fake "Red Pleasures" return address. Then I just sat back and waited. A couple of days go by and he calls me as soon as I started my computer at work on morning. You can imagine how the conversation started and I won't repeat what he called me. He then told me that when he was pulling into his driveway the night before, he knew he was in trouble because his wife was on the front porch rocking in a chair and he could tell from the car she wasn't happy! When he walked up to her and said hello, she immediately said: I think you need to check your mail! So bewildered, he walked into the house and looked at the mail when he (with his wife over his shoulder) saw the brown paper wrapper. She said: And just what did you order? His sheepish reply was: I didn't order anything! Then he opened the wrapper and knew he had been had and by whom!

Yes, I am due a good one from him, and I know and desire it.

Here is a photo of some of my past 50 Series.

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Nice! Very nice indeed. Obviously a ton of restoration work was done to them. I only did one and that was over ten years ago but I still recall how much work it was. You deserve a lot of credit for doing three (!).

Here is a photo of some of my past 50 Series.
 
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