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#31 Moosetales OFFLINE  

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 05:43 PM

Well, I'm the proud owner of a 1971 Case 444 Tractor. She's sitting in very own garage. My dad and a buddy of mine helped me pick up the 444 and bring it home. I ended up paying $900 for the tractor and all three attachments. I believe the smile on my face (below) says just how happy I am with the tractor AND the deal I got.

My buddy tinkers with engines a lot and between he and my dad the tractor was running smoothly within 20 minutes from rolling her off the trailer (insert a HUGE smile here). My buddy Tom bypassed the starter solenoid (touched the + end of the jumper cable to one of the contacts on the solenoid) and that 14 hp Kohler sprang to life. I have a video but I haven't had time to upload it to Youtube, which is what I think I have to do to post it here (am I correct anyone?).

So, the early hypothesis is that the starter solenoid is shot but I have yet to investigate to see if the seller might have rewired it incorrectly when he put it back together. The battery is a small yard tractor battery and what purchased back in 2006. It doesn't hold a great charge so I'll be scaring up a new battery very soon.

I have a small leak in the hydraulic system but it's dripping from one of the fittings under the tractor so my guess is it just needs a little tightening.

I've gotta run feed one of my kiddos and I'm not sure I'll get back out to the garage tonight but I'll be giving her a good check up very soon and will post more pics as well as share the good, the bad and the ugly with you all.

Thanks again to all who encouraged me to take the plunge and to those who shared their thoughts ahead of the purchase.

Here is a pic of me and my lovely wife.

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I couldn't be smiling more than I am in this pic.

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 08:34 PM

Fantatic smile, that says it all.... :-)

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Posted October 08, 2012 - 05:38 AM

Great pics! I'm glad you got it to start. Have a good time with it!

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Posted October 08, 2012 - 12:20 PM

Good deal!!! sometimes it is the simplest things and a lot of people don't take the time to learn how to troubleshoot their own equipment. It's the reason I scan craigslist every day.

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Posted October 08, 2012 - 08:42 PM

I've done a quick once over and here are some of the problems that I've unearthed....as minor as they are:

Tear in the seat.

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No head lights...wire intact though.

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Minor hydraulic oil leak.

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Missing nut.

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Rear PTO lever taped.

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The packing that holds the seat cover on the seat has come lose.

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The attachment level gauge (not sure that is the proper name) handle is busted off.

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And what appears to be a "miss wired" or a bad solenoid.

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The hydraulic lines in the back look solid.
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The muffler is in remarkable condition. I'm guessing a high temp, flat black paint would help keep the rust at bay?

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Let me know what you think and if you have any thoughts about solutions. Thanks.

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Posted October 08, 2012 - 10:00 PM

If you seen the seat on my '72 you would think nothing of your seat.

Correct headlights would be glass Speaker 777's. Pretty expensive when you find them on ebay.

Pretty sure you can still get new handles for that, should be the same as the travel, and attachment lift handles.

Looks like a good machine all in all. Congrats.
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Posted October 09, 2012 - 12:18 AM

Thanks mac for the feel good about my seat. I'm on the look out for some vinyl repair that won't harden and will seal it from moisture and won't allow anymore cracking. Anyone find a good product?

By the way, the serial # on the tractor is #9652632. I can't find a serial number or model number on the tiller or mowing deck.

While I wait for the final verdict on the starting issue (looks like a solenoid is coming my way real soon) I dug into my J-84 snowcaster (serial #41085) a little bit. I'm missing the skid plates and rods that bolt onto the sides of the blower to cut deep snow. Other than that it looks like everything is accounted for.

On my JD 110 I hooked up a back up light so I'm thinking of doing the same on the CASE. I see in the manual that the 444 had an optional reverse light (at least I think so) but I can't find a pic of where they mounted. Any thoughts?

I keep hearing that Brian (from NH I think) is a great resource for parts. Anyone have a line on him and would be willing to point me in his direction? Thanks.

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Posted October 09, 2012 - 06:41 AM

Here ya go: http://www.salempwr.com/
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Posted October 09, 2012 - 08:42 PM

Ok, so don't everyone laugh out loud together because I will likely hear you all the way here in Maine. My question is....where the heck are the sheer pins or bolts on the snowcaster?

I have it apart and cannot find anything that resembles a safety system in the event I snag a rock or stick or frozen squirrel, or something like that.

Also, I can't figure out how to get the bearings out of the ends of the auger? Thanks again for all your help.

Sprocket end of auger.

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Opposite end of auger.

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Surface rust removed from the left side (inside) of blower.

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Surface rust still needing to be removed from right side (inside) of blower.

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Posted October 10, 2012 - 07:26 AM

Moosetales,

I guess if a guy had a bearing extractor those hex bearings would come out real easily. Posted Image

But that ^^ is kinda a specialty thing not all of us invest in, so a real long drift , i.e. a hunk of re- bar, or metal rod, or a really stout hardwood dowel placed in the bore from the opposite side could be used. Tap, tap , tap 'em out.

And no, I'm not laughing at all about the shear pin thing. Don't worry, those snowcasters are so strong it can handle frozen squirrels with ease, it will just make a squirrel smoothie. :D

Take a look at Eastman/ Ingy site for the breakdown on your unit.:

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Posted October 10, 2012 - 07:30 AM

Marlboro180,

LMAO about the squirrel. That would explain why the auger has a couple dings in it where it grabbed something stout and won the battle. Thanks for the advice on getting the bearings out.

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Posted October 10, 2012 - 08:09 PM

Okay, here are some up close pics of my mower and tiller in hopes you guys can help me narrow down the model and year. My understanding form the seller is that he is the 3rd owner but the second owner purchased it from the first owner a year or so ago just to flip it. The reason I share this is that the original owner had the tractor for many years but I'm not sure if he purchased all the attachments at once or over a period of time. Coincidentally the original owner was a physician from the town I live in. It's a small world.

Boy will I feel silly if the S/N is somewhere visible and I totally missed it. I'm used to JD's S/N plates which are pop riveted onto the tractor and all attachments. So I apologize in advance if I've sent everyone on a wild goose chase. :D

Tiller:

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Mower:

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Snowcaster: J-84 (S/N 41085)

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Posted October 10, 2012 - 08:57 PM

Based on the pics, I would guess the tiller is an H70.

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Posted October 10, 2012 - 09:09 PM

Wow, great deal, I like happy endings :thumbs:

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Posted October 10, 2012 - 10:36 PM

I'm not sure this will work but here's a link to a short video of the tractor in motion.






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