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#1 El Exorcisto OFFLINE  

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 11:45 PM

So back in 1946, Stew Beckley bought a brand new Case VAC. Sometime in the 60s he found a need for a bigger tractor and sold it to Dean Wayman, one of his farm hands. In the mid 70s Dean went to work with my grandfather as his body shop and sold the Case to him to use for his garden.

The year before I was born, 1982, was the last year my grandfather put in a garden. He left it sitting beside his garden and besides changing out the soup can over the exhaust manifold and squirting some oil down the cylinders it has sat, unused, for thirty years.

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I didn't know anything about it until I was talking about my DB two-wheeler with my grandfather. So my dad and I went up to give it a crank and found the engine is free. There was a grapevine growing up through the dipstick. One more year and it would have pulled it out, rain would have ran in, and that would have been the end of the old Case.

The tires are shot, every switch and gauge is rotted away, and the insulation is a distant memory on all of the wiring. I'm guessing the switches, wires, and gauges are easy enough to find and replace. The rear tires are loaded and original equipment, and of course completely shot. The front tires will be easy enough to replace with whatever 15" automotive tires I have laying around. Once I have it rolling I'll get to work fabbing up a three point for it and of course getting all that rust covered up with some shiny new orange.

So how do I deal with a set of ancient tires loaded with CaCl? There is a pair of diamond tread tires on craigslist for $325 within driving distance. Would I have any real traction issues dropping a one bottom plow or a 5' disc for my garden? I'll get my hands on a 5' brush hog for it for the lawn mowing duties, too.
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Posted August 26, 2012 - 11:56 PM

Nice looking Case you have there. Quite probably, my 3rd Favorite brand of tractor & a very well built machine.

The OHV Engine was a Case exclusive and a serious improvement in respiration over the flat head Continental.

Here is a link to the parts manual for that tractor, wish I had more to offer info wise, but I know a guy on here who's pretty versed in them.

The salt will eventually be the end of the Original rims. It's probably time to start looking for replacements with rubber on it. Even if the rims aren't exactly Case, a lot of guys will weld the old brackets onto the new rims to "Make" them Case.

Good Luck with Grandpa's tractor.

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 12:30 AM

The original tires are still holding and there aren't any holes rotted through the rims, so I should be good on that end. Thanks for a link to the parts manual.

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 12:31 AM

I love those old Case VAC's and will eventually own one someday. If you plan to plow and disk with it I would not mess around with turf tires, as you will never see the needed grip. Now, there was an optional "Eagle hitch" available for the Case VAC and if you have one you essentially have a 3 point hitch. If you have neither and are planning to fab a 3 point I would look at the Eagle hitch manuals as those are the points you will want to attach to for pulling. Finally, I want to wish you fun on your Grandpas tractor, I have a couple family tractors and they are something I treasure, and always will, cause you will never get your hands on them again if they get away.

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 12:32 AM

Oh, and as for the Calcium, let it leak, it came out of the ground, it will go back in. But remember it will kill grass so don't drain them in the front yard LOL.

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 01:43 AM

It is a pre-eagle hitch VAC, so doesn't have any of the pieces for one. The rear end is totally different on the eagle hitch models. I was afraid of that with the turf tires but had to ask since the price is really, really good. I use regular automotive radials on my DB and don't have any wants for traction, but the implements used are a lot smaller. I figure it'll be a slash-in-place affair and let the CaCl drain right there in the woods.

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 04:50 AM

That will make a real nice looking tractor.I really like those old Case tractors.

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 05:20 AM

I am happy your saveing the old case!

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 07:17 AM

Good luck on your restoration. Nice looking base to start with there, and you know the entire history behind the tractor. That is a neat plus.

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 12:03 PM

The VAC is very much worth the work to bring back to life. Once you get it out of that jungle and get the tin off of it you will realize that the wiring is not complicated. If you decide to get rid of the chloride in the tires just spreed it on a friends dirt or gravel driveway. They will love as it will keep the dust down for a long time.
Good luck with your project.

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 07:02 PM

No matter how much you put into it the memories of your Grandfather will be more valuable than anything else. Enjoy it.

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 07:22 PM

No matter how much you put into it the memories of your Grandfather will be more valuable than anything else. Enjoy it.

Congrats and good luck.

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 08:00 PM

That is awesome EL-Ex! Having "Gramps" tractor is something special for sure. I have my Grandpa's Avery model Minneapolis Moline. Dad & I went through it a few years ago. You will enjoy every step of the restore!

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 08:21 PM

It certainly is something special to have a family heirloom in the garage! I have 3 of the VA series tractors (a VAI, a VA, and a VAC) and they are certainly one of my favorites! The other three (VAO, VAH, and VAC-14) are still on my list for "some day". The "three point" hitch system that was used prior to the Eagle hitch system is a real erector set! It was hydraulically actuated by the smallest cylinder that I've ever seen which moves a rock shaft mounted to the rear of the transmission housing just in front of the torque tube. The rock shaft moves a long, heavy rod that goes to the rear and lifts the implement. I do not have any pictures of the set up and the one on my VAC is currently disassembled (and all over the place) in my garage (and I really hope I can remember how it all goes together). The torque tube doubles as the hydraulic reservoir. The pump and valve body are a one-piece unit that sits behind and is driven by the belt pulley shaft. I am by no means an expert on them, but I will be happy to help when and if I can. I hope that you enjoy the restoration and the finished product. It will be a tangible link to your ancestry that will live on through you.

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 10:46 PM

I've seen that three point arrangement in a youtube vid, and am planning on building mine the same way. My VAC has the pump and rockshaft, I just need to see if the pump works and go from there. Thanks for the offer, caseguy.




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