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| April/May 1999

  • WD-45

  • WD-45

356 Deibler Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pennsylvania 16865

One thing that really annoys me when attending an old iron show is someone displaying a 'new' tractor. Just last summer someone brought an Allis-Chalmers WD-45 to our show, exhibited the thing just like it was old. Why, our WD-45, a 1954 model, is only ... ah ... let's see ... 1954 from 1999 is .... Well, anyway, people shouldn't exhibit things I'm still trying to farm with.

Our WD-45, serial number 182535, was purchased new from the dealer located about a mile down the road, by the gentleman my uncle worked for. When this gentleman died in the early 1960s, he left the farm and machinery to my uncle. When my uncle died in 1983 he left the farm and machinery to brother and me. Our trusty WD-45 has never been sold since it was new, even though we're its third owners and it never left 'home.'

The dealership which sold it placed a number of 'W' series tractors around our area, including the last ones, the WD-45. Two of the wide-front WD-45s like ours still reside within a few miles, and its narrow front sister, serial number 182536, is still in harness two farms from ours.

Having spent my young formative years on my dad's Allis-Chalmers WC (it being relegated to me after Dad bought a new Ferguson, with all kinds of fancy features like foot brakes), I became somewhat of an Allis-Chalmers fancier. (Even though the WC should have cured me of that.)

Upon taking charge of the WD-45, I noticed that it carried very little oil pressure, even though the oil pressure gauge (cleverly hidden in front of the right headlight) has about 98% of its face devoted to the 'normal' range.


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