Case Can Lend You A Hand

| June/July 1997

  • Case tractor

  • Crane mounted on a Case tractor

  • Case tractor
  • Crane mounted on a Case tractor

1340 W. Glenn Street Tucson, Arizona 85705

Several years ago I was up in the root-hills looking at a lot with a friend where he was building his house. I was very surprised to see a small crane mounted on a Case tractor in the center of his future sunken living room. At the time he wouldn't even consider an offer. He finally caved in after a couple of years, and the little crane was loaded up.

Before I could get it out of the sunken living room, the crane had to be started up. As I was checking the oil, my friend said, 'The oil always looks that way. Black.' Now that I have opened up the inspection holes and cleaned out the pan, the oil always looks that way. Clean! Cleanliness is next to Godliness!

The first item on the list was the carb, as it was already off, being clogged. So, I sent it off to a guy in Phoenix, Arizona, as I had seen his ads in our magazine for several years as a professional carb re-builder. I also sent along a parts carb. Several weeks later, I got the carb back with a bill for $355! Well, I was so depressed about the cost, I didn't put it on the crane for almost two years.

Another surprise was when I changed the rear-end oil. Out came a flood of water, maybe three or four gallons. Whoa! Next came a flood of the thickest tranny oil that I have ever come across, probably 600 W. The crane was sitting in the sun in the middle of summer. It was 115 degrees or more in the shade. The gear oil came out like molasses. It was still draining six weeks later!

The gas tank was crushed by a large rock repeatedly heaved at it by vandals. My friend's house has been under, sporadic construction for over 10 years. I guess I'm lucky, as one part destroyed is better than a hundred.

This crane came from the Naval Yard in San Diego. It is a 1944 Case International Model D, Serial #DI 4810278. The crane is sometimes called a crane because the turret cannot go full circle due to cable binding.

I need help with a couple of things. First, does anyone have any photos or literature on a piece of equipment like this? And second, the data plates from the dash are gone. In 'Case' you can lend me a hand, please call, (520) 882-7073, or write.


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