1724 Highway 55 Seymour, Wisconsin 54165
I bought this LA Case from a neighbor. It hadn't been run for a couple of years. Fortunately, the motor wasn't stuck. Parts were all there when I brought it home and I put it all together, but when I put water in, it overheated.
So, I put it back in the shed for a year. When I decided to work on it again, I took the radiator off and had it cleaned at a radiator shop, then I put it together again. I tried using the tractor blower to fill the silo but it overheated again. So I let it go another year.
Then one day my uncle asked: 'Gonna use this on the blower?' I said yes. I made one phone call and asked if there was an 8,000 1b. Tractor Pull Class at the show. The answer was yes. This started all within a week's time.
Again I took the radiator off, took it to a big radiator shop, where it was worked on over the weekend. This time, they even took the head off to get the valves ground. It worked out.
The reason for the overheating had come from mice carrying insulation into the radiator and some into the head holes which had been left open while it was in the neighbor's shed. Anyway, we got all the parts back on a Thursday night-I worked until 1:00 a.m. putting most of it together. The next day, I finished it up. Valves checked, gas in, water in, turned the crank and off it started to run just like a clock.
I took it to a field and drove it around, then I let it run for hours and hours. No overheating! Back in the shed. I again retightened the head. Everything was back together again at 8:00 that night and that night it was loaded onto the truck ready for the Pull.
It was unpainted, of course. It took third place that day, missing second by inches. After the Pull I brought it home and started the paint job.
At the end of the 1990 season we took a first and a second place. We are very proud of our nice LA Case and we hope for even better luck next year at the Pull.