Is that true??? The 400 series was brand new when the monopoly lawsuit against Allis was overturned in 1973. They had invested a ton of money in the plant they had not recovered as welll as in 300 series that had not sold that many units and then added new features on the 400 series,. Electric lifts, headlights, ciartte lighters and hour meters were all dealer installed only. You wont find many collectors or find many in collections, they were very low production
My dad retired from AC while the 300 series was in production. Apparently the cost of transportation of parts, castings and materials from the Wisconsin to rural SC was probibitedly expensive. Additionally, due to the long established freight bias, destination charges from SC to just about any place in the US was more than freight moving out of the great lakes area. There was a real stink raised by the AC dealers in my dads region because, all of a sudden the freight charges were much higher on the 300 series even though the factory was several hundred miles closer to the destination. We owned an early 312D and the builders label was marked Lexington, SC. I have in recent years discovered that subsequent 300 models produced in Lexington we're simply marked Milwaukee, WS. This is just a theory but I think AC decided to not draw attention to the fact that the tractors were being produced in Lexington due to the firestorm that fact fueled. Now it could simply be that AC knew the political atmosphere and anticipated the shift of production back to Port Washington and chose to print all new tags with the Milwaukee address. It would be nice to talk with someone who was in the loop when decisions were being made about the Lexington plant but I am sure they are long gone.
I havent a clue what the production numbers were but there are apparently quite a few 300/400 series tractors in the northeast and Midwest.
Edited by skunkhome, July 26, 2013 - 09:31 PM.