A Man And His 12-20 Case

| August/September 1988

550 East North Street, Georgetown, Ohio 45121,Photos by Jay Hanselman

Well, folks, our little story starts about nine or ten years ago, when my father, Ron 'Butch' Klein, was bitten by the 'ol' iron bug.' Now at this time, Dad had already owned a 1935 Case Model 'C', which was given to me as a Christmas present in 1986. However, Dad had his eye on an even greater treasure, a 1927 Case 12-20 Crossmount tractor. This tractor was owned by the late Betty Dunn, who also knew the value of the tractor, and wasn't willing to sell it. For about nine years, Dad tried to buy the Case, but couldn't make the successful connection.

Approximately five months after Mrs. Dunn's passing in late 1986, Dad and Betty's husband David, who is also an avid collector, were talking about the tractor, and with that, Dad's dream came true. A price was negotiated, and the purchase was made.

At the time of purchase, I had just turned sixteen, and like my Dad, I am an avid collector of Case equipment and other old iron. I had always seen pictures of Crossmounts, but until the day I went to see Dad's prize, I had never seen one 'in the flesh'. Believe me, when I saw this tractor for the first time, I knew he had found a gold mine.

The engine on the tractor was already overhauled, but was locked up from setting idle in a garage for about three years. The oil and water pumps needed to be repacked, and the carburetor needed a little work, but the rest of the tractor was sound. It had a good coat of primer on most of it, but the fenders and rear wheels needed to be sandblasted.

On the way home from seeing the tractor for the first time I was asked to do all painting and cosmetic work on it. I immediately accepted this challenge, knowing that I could work on it over my summer vacation.