The V Series CASE Tractor

| May/June 1984

  • Case tractor

  • Case tractor

R.D. #1, Box 57-C Sullivan, Ohio 44880

After restoring 1940 Case tractor #VC 4416143, my son Jeff and I want to share what we learned with G.E.M. readers. A letter in the magazine asking for help got answers from six V series Case owners. They are: Ken Linnum, Pewaukee, Wisconsin (1941 VC); Donald G. Webb, Cottam, Ontario (VC); Edwin H. Bredemier, Steinauer, Nebraska (1941 VC); Louis Miller, Georgetown, Texas (VC); Arthur Crabille, Lakeland, Florida (1942 VO) and Bill Neumann, Manitowoc, Wisconsin who sent a photograph of the 1940 VC he has restored to mint condition. Thank you all who answered my call for help, including Roy D. Sonne born, agricultural customer relations, J. I. Case Company and Brent Behner, LaGrange Tractor Sales.

The V series Case tractor was built in 1940 and 1941 (a few in 1942) in the following models: V four wheel general purpose; VI four wheel industrial; VO four wheel orchard; and V Crow crop with single wheel or twin wheels in front. The engine is a four cylinder Continental (F124) with a 3' bore and 43/8 stroke. The transmission is four speed, with fourth for road work. On V-VI-VO, the rear tires are 8 x 24, and on the VC 8 x 32 with 10 x 28 optional. Belt pulley, power take off, hydraulic lift, steel front and rear wheels, adjustable wide front axle (VC only), low cost fuel kit, starter and lighting package were some of the available options. Numerous special options were available for the VI industrial tractor.

Many production changes were made on the V series tractors during the short two year run, which leads me to believe the V series was a pilot model for the more popular VA series which started production in 1942. Some of the changes are: differential drive gear ratio; differential case; belt pulley (early cast iron, late pressed steel); belt pulley drive, constant mesh to gear throw out type; carburetor, (early TSX 42, late TSX 43); governor linkage had two changes; brakes, (early had band type, late had disc); steering gear ratio change; front pedestal (VC only); seat assembly; transmission gear shift cover.

Our VC Case was found in a weed bed where it had been for many years. I had repaired and operated farm tractors for many years, but I'd never seen a VC Case before. After a number of visits and lots of haggling with the owner, we at last owned a very rough one.

Now for the restoration, which all old iron people enjoy. The first job was to free up the engine which was stuck. After pulling the cylinder head, an inspection showed rusted cylinders, but a few days of soaking with penetrating oil freed up the engine. The previous owner had a fruit jar over the exhaust pipe, which saved the engine from permanent damage. While the head was off, the valves were lapped in with grinding compound, and after assembly the engine had good compression.