Mystery Tractor

| August/September 1999

Jr., Route 3, Box 136, Robstown, Texas 78380

Here is a tractor that was made into a winch used for raising a silage bucket from a 35 foot deep silo. I had been to this man's farm at Orange Grove, Texas (30 miles away), 10 years ago and knew he had a 'CC' Case (parts tractor) and what I remembered as an M-M engine, because it had two oval hand-holes in the lower block. In February 1988, I went to try to buy them and found the engine was not an M-M. Actually, it is a tractor minus front axle, steering system and cutoff behind the transmission. He thought it was a Ford-son, and the oil filler does look just like a Fordson, but that is all. He said his father and a friend, in about 1940, made the winch. I can see where they drilled holes in the casting behind the transmission about ?' apart, and then broke the back off, and welded a plate inside to close it off behind the transmission. It had the cable drum made from pipe and disk blades, and used a truck front brake on one side. This tractor is between 'L' and 'C' Case in size, closer to 'L.' The crankshaft is center lined, but the radiator is 25/8' to the left of center. There is no removable oil pan, and no hand holes below the crankshaft. There are two hinges on the right hand side so the block can be laid over to that side. The block has skirts that are bolted to the lower half (front cast iron frame of tractor). The crankshaft is put in from the top and the three main bearings are pressure lubed with an extended pin-type pressure gauge. Bearing caps are each held down with a lug and one stud with a nut. The crankshaft also stays in the bottom. The pushrods are 21?' long to valves in the head. On the left-hand side is the governor, water pump with water passage cast into bottom frame and magneto mount. This is what causes the radiator to be 25/8' to the left. The water pump governor and mag are driven from the camshaft gear. The radiator tanks and sides are cast iron. The four cylinder engine looks to be about 4 x 5?' bore and stroke. The clutch appears to be multiple-disk, Brown Lipe style. The transmission, case, cross-shafts, chain drive, hand brake bracket on left-hand side, and transmission cover appear to be very similar to a Case 'L.' The chain drive to winch drum was moved to the outside, the drive sprocket being where the brake pulley used to be. I do not have the front or back axle, wheels, or hood. It was mounted on wagon axles. There is no nameplate or casting names. The number 2515XA is cast into hand hole covers and number 415XA is cast into the right-hand transmission cross-shaft bearing cap. The number 2498XA is cast into the top radiator pipe to the engine.

The camshaft CL is only slightly above CL on the crankshaft.

The block has number 2420XA cast on it. There is a small brass tag riveted on the frame to rear of the mag with #59316. All part numbers have XA suffix. The differential and drive sprockets are removed. There are flat iron plates bolted to sides where the bearing caps for the differential shaft used to be. The plates hold the cable drum. I believe the winch drive and driver sprockets were originally inside and drove the axle like an 'L' Case.

I am wondering if this is a make that Case may have bought out. The owner was a Case man. I also bought CC and 'L' parts tractors that he had. I bought these from the man's son.

I would like to hear from anyone who can shed some light on this tractor.


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