RUSTY BUT RUNABLE

Case Tractor

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RR #1, Box 202, Queen City, Missouri 63561

This 1937 CC Case was purchased in 1982 from the second owner, who bought it from the original owner in 1943, during the war. This was the only tractor he used to farm 300 acres.

Fred Calhoun and I found this old CC under a tree with the cultivator on it. We finally agreed on the price, but the owner wanted to keep the cultivator, so we took it off. We told the man we would bring the trailer down to the tree and winch the tractor on. He asked us, 'Why not just drive the tractor onto the trailer?'

It was so rusty that we didn't think it would run. He got a little gas, cranked it up, but it was missing terrible. He turned it off and removed the hood, then the valve cover, pulled the bent push rods out, laid them on an anvil and straightened them. Then he pounded the stuck valves loose, put it back together, cranked it up again-it ran fair, and then we drove it onto the trailer.

We thought we had bought a pile of junk. It was so rusty and had the rear extension spools on the rear axles. It looked horrible!

We took the old CC home, did a little work on it, and painted it. The main thing was that the tractor was complete-the fenders were in the hay loft of the barn. The man asked if we wanted the fenders. We said yes, so we had to put them back on.

Fred removed the cast iron front wheels and added lighter ones, so he could pull the tractor in the 3500 pound class. He has pulled this tractor a few times but it never did well.

This spring I bought it from Fred. I have ground the valves and put the original cast iron front wheels back on. They weigh 185 pounds each. Maybe after grinding the valves it will have more power for pulling. Hopefully I will be able to pull this tractor some this year.