1948 Allis Chalmers C

| November/December 1991

180 Hope Valley Road Amston, Connecticut 06231

I am always glad to read articles written by younger people. I have been collecting and restoring tractors for about four years now: I am eighteen.

Five years ago the little 1948 Allis Chalmers C, serial number 64967, had no hope. Its owner had become ill and too sick to farm with it. He had then passed away, and the little Allis was left sitting outside under several pine trees, as he had left it. The tractor was covered with pine needles and leaves, accounting for the dreadful condition of the sheet metal. Almost no paint was left, and everything was pitted. In many places, especially the fenders, it had totally rotted through. Our East coast weather does wonders to these poor tractors, as many of you know.

With the left rear wheel gone, the tractor rested on a tree stump. The wheel was later uncovered not far from the tractor, buried under leaves; the rim was totally rusted away. It had no lights or radiator shutters (which I still need). The hood was cut and torn up to accommodate a new muffler. The battery had frozen and cracked, spilling acid in the battery box and on the frame.

After much serious consideration, the man's wife, a friend of my mother, sold me the tractor. She said it was her husband's favorite tractor and she was glad it was going to someone she knew. I definitely had my work cut out for me!

My father and I rented a U-Haul trailer and we brought the tractor home. Engine-wise, everything was covered and secured, and with very little cleaning of the carburetor, by the next day it was running. The engine was surprisingly very strong.