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#1 Toolpartzman OFFLINE  

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Posted June 05, 2012 - 08:27 AM

What is a PK series CASE and how is it identified? Were they Sunsets or? My 442 has Desert Sunset and Pin # 96539153. According to the build-date-charts (from the manuals section) its '72 yet I'm told they weren't made in '72. I think its relatively rare-(Snap latches and hydraulic lift.) If the chart is correct,then I have a ghost-tractor, built very late a year after production stopped, presumably by Santa's GT elves.

I've been searching for a hood and other p'ces for a resto but I'm more confused about what it is
I bought a hood--thinking I could convert it . The manual shows a hood similar to the
446, pictured with center latch and stove-bolt, (with different exhaust cut-outs) is correct for the 442. Maybe its a PK? or correct after all? Any help greatly appreciated. I'll attempt to add the chart here along with the pics. You'll have to scroll down to page 2. Early production to 71 does not show pin #s. Page 2, '72-up does have pin #s.

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Posted June 05, 2012 - 11:22 AM

From what I can see in this photo...
The tractor appears to be some kind of mix...or was put together using parts from a couple different tractors. The hood is clearly late 70s vintage as are the Frame and tires, the Rear Fenders are of early 70's vintage,, the fact that the wheels don't match and the front tires are not of early 70's vintage is a big sign this tractor was 'put' together...But, you can further date the tractor by searchng the kohler serial numbers, to see if the motor is original...pretty cool though, love lookin at this kinda stuff...Jack Penwarden (mastifflawyer) or Steve Guider (190forklift) would be better able to guide you...GL
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Posted June 05, 2012 - 11:37 AM

That is a surprise re: late '70s frame.? The front wheels are a mix just to get it home as the originals wouldn't hold air. The dash tower has only a center-top latch (not the side pair). I'll check engine # for more clues.

I don't think its a "breed". I think the hood is a later 444 (has the half-moon cutout on drivers R for carb) and the latch pairs-2 each side of the aprons. As for the engine-I'm still looking , but its
K 301A, spec No 47382 (followed by a lower case"d"?not clear) S# 4249931.

I've checked,and double checked the ID plate and I'm convinced it hasn't been tampered with. I think maybe the PK means "Power King"?-not sure, nor ??? The big puzzler,again is Pin # 9653915 vs build date.

However,if you are correct about being a mix, maybe it was one of the last built and they were cleaning their parts bins :bounce:

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Posted June 05, 2012 - 01:24 PM

I'll ask Jack and Steve...they'll know!
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Posted June 05, 2012 - 04:54 PM

Nice looking Case. I know nothing about the Case tractors but your engine is a 1972. If you download the Kohler K series service manual it has a ser. No. interpretation chart in it.
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Posted June 05, 2012 - 05:53 PM

Nice looking Case. I know nothing about the Case tractors but your engine is a 1972. If you download the Kohler K series service manual it has a ser. No. interpretation chart in it.


Here's the rub Brian. Both the Kohler Service Manual and the chart I posted above indicate that both engine and tractor are '72's. The general census I've heard is that these 442s were only mfd 3 years: 69,70,71. NOT in '72.
Therefore-if everyone is correct, then perhaps this is a "PK"-of which I know zip,??

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Posted June 05, 2012 - 06:03 PM

I'll ask Jack and Steve...they'll know!

Thankx, Great-This tractor WILL be restored. I simply am trying to exactly verify WHAT I have.

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Posted June 05, 2012 - 06:59 PM

Thankx, Great-This tractor WILL be restored. I simply am trying to exactly verify WHAT I have.


Just got off the phone with Jack, likely he will be here in a few mins...and he will likely be here asap,
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Posted June 05, 2012 - 08:25 PM

I can ID most anything before '69. Thereafter it is a bit foggy for me. Take a look at Manual 1181 printed in Jan '71 which covers 442's 9646801-9666999. Manual A-1123 covers the earlier models. Compare them to you tractor. Sorry I could not be of more help.
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Posted June 07, 2012 - 07:25 AM

The tractors both have the dashes of the early 70 's like 72 or 73.As far as the letters "PK" goes that was what case called the power king model in the late 60's to very early 70's.The 442 was as big as you could get until 1973 when they came out with the 444 and dropped the "PK" off of the seat.They were all desert sunset and power red until the late 70's then they became all power red with white wheels.Then case did a red hood,black frame,white wheels,and with implements.Then ingersoll did the power red with silver wheels not really sure of those dates.
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Posted June 07, 2012 - 07:28 AM

Also looking at your pto levers on both of your tractors, they both have the same one as my 1973 case 210 they used that lever until 1974.Your tractor also have volt meter gauges which where used from 1974 to date 1973 and back had a generator light.

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Posted June 08, 2012 - 08:19 PM

I can ID most anything before '69. Thereafter it is a bit foggy for me. Take a look at Manual 1181 printed in Jan '71 which covers 442's 9646801-9666999. Manual A-1123 covers the earlier models. Compare them to you tractor. Sorry I could not be of more help.

Any info is a help. The "C" 1181 was supeceded later (don't know when) by a "D" 1181 but I don't have it for comparison.

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Posted June 08, 2012 - 08:24 PM

Any info is a help. The "C" 1181 was supeceded later (don't know when) by a "D" 1181 but I don't have it for comparison.

I should add that C1181 shows the hood for the 442 with NO "bubble" or extension shroud for the starter-gen.--Only
flat side tin left and right sides except the Drivers right has a half-moon cut-out for the carb/air cleaner. The hood shown in the pic -above- is NOT a 442, likely a mid '70s+ 444.

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Posted June 08, 2012 - 08:33 PM

The tractors both have the dashes of the early 70 's like 72 or 73.As far as the letters "PK" goes that was what case called the power king model in the late 60's to very early 70's.The 442 was as big as you could get until 1973 when they came out with the 444 and dropped the "PK" off of the seat.They were all desert sunset and power red until the late 70's then they became all power red with white wheels.Then case did a red hood,black frame,white wheels,and with implements.Then ingersoll did the power red with silver wheels not really sure of those dates.

That points out another discrepancy.-The File I posted above (page 2 again) shows BOTH 444s and 446s mfrd from '69 on ????????????????????

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 06:38 AM

I was wrong about a few things in my post,I just got done looking at the sales literature I have on the PK 442.It appears I was misleading everybody on the 442 and the 444.The 444 came out in 1970,that was the biggest case garden tractor they had until the 446 I think it was 1973 when it came out.





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