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#1 bowtiebutler956 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 13, 2013 - 07:17 PM

 I have a friend who has cancer of the spine, and is not expected to live much longer. He has been a long time friend of the family, so I drove to Oklahoma to go visit him. This friend (Gary Seaton) is one of kindest people I've ever known, and is just one of those people you can't help but love. Before I left he insisted that I take his Case 222 with me. He said he had always intended to fix it up, but never got around to it. He wanted it to go to a good home, and he said he knew I would make it look like new again, so that's exactly what I intend to do. I believe its an early 70's model, but I'm not sure, so maybe someone can tell me how to date a Case. Its a hydrive 222, and has a K301 Kohler 12hp. Its serial # is 14055845. This will be its restoration thread. Thanks 

 

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Posted November 13, 2013 - 07:23 PM

Sorry to hear about your friend. Some day Cancer will be gone and we can all rest easier. Glad you good friend thought enough of you to let you take his tractor. No doubt you will take good care of it. Good Luck. Roger.


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Posted November 13, 2013 - 07:25 PM

I knew it wasn't an early 70's model, but had to look up the DOM on the engine.  The engine is a 1984.  Pic from Kohlerplus.com

 

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Was a statement to your character that he chose you to have his GT.  You must be a good guy!  :thumbs:


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Posted November 13, 2013 - 07:34 PM

Sad news about your friend! That's a nice looking Case and I look forward to seeing it's restoration. 


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Posted November 13, 2013 - 07:36 PM

Sounds like that dirty word {Cancer} is takeing another good guy always hate to hear that.I think it's great that he thought of you for his tractor

restore it and think of good times win you ride it around as i'm sure that's what he would want.


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Posted November 13, 2013 - 07:42 PM

Sorry about your friend your tractor is also 1984.


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Posted November 13, 2013 - 07:43 PM

Sorry to hear about that. A buddy of mine died from cancer. He was in his 60's and really involved with GT's. Had about 20 in his collection. Couldn't have met a nicer guy.


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Posted November 13, 2013 - 10:14 PM

 Thanks for all the great responses, and the year model dating! I really appreciate it! :thumbs:

 

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Posted November 14, 2013 - 02:17 AM

The case will be a nice remembrance of your friend, it has found the good home he hoped it would.
Sorry to hear about his illness,
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Posted November 14, 2013 - 04:37 AM

As already stated the 222 Case is a 1984. The only year Case built them with Black Frames and White attachments. They started building them late in 1983 to roll out as new models for 1984. This is also the year (84) when Case sold the Lawn & Garden Division to Ingersoll. As a result you will find Serial # tags with "Ingersoll & Case" on them starting on the models built later in 1984 (as yours does) and just "Case" on the ones that were built earlier.

I collect this model and have one of each model made. minus 2 I have yet to get.

The tractor has a somewhat of a rare rear discharge deck. Probably either a J, L or N-45 model. Most attachments for 1984 were white and the mower decks had the "L" behind the model number. L40, L44, L45,  L46. like that.

The correct paint name is "CASE Power White."  I'd recommend buying it from a CASEIH dealer as not to be confused with the several shades of IH white there was.

The orange is called "Power Red."

The black, well just get a good quality Gloss Black.

 

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. He sounds like a real good man. If you have questions or need parts let me know, if I don't have it I usually know where to get it.

 

I posted a picture of what it should look like when restored. This is an all original one I recently bought. It still had covers on all the grease zerks from the factory. Used very little.

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Below: After I rebuilt the mower deck.

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Posted November 14, 2013 - 07:25 AM

Special story about what will be a special tractor to you, without a doubt. 

 

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Posted November 14, 2013 - 08:55 AM

 Once again, thanks for all of the comments, and yes this will be a very special GT for me.

 

 

As already stated the 222 Case is a 1984. The only year Case built them with Black Frames and White attachments. They started building them late in 1983 to roll out as new models for 1984. This is also the year (84) when Case sold the Lawn & Garden Division to Ingersoll. As a result you will find Serial # tags with "Ingersoll & Case" on them starting on the models built later in 1984 (as yours does) and just "Case" on the ones that were built earlier.

I collect this model and have one of each model made. minus 2 I have yet to get.

The tractor has a somewhat of a rare rear discharge deck. Probably either a J, L or N-45 model. Most attachments for 1984 were white and the mower decks had the "L" behind the model number. L40, L44, L45,  L46. like that.

The correct paint name is "CASE Power White."  I'd recommend buying it from a CASEIH dealer as not to be confused with the several shades of IH white there was.

The orange is called "Power Red."

The black, well just get a good quality Gloss Black.

 

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. He sounds like a real good man. If you have questions or need parts let me know, if I don't have it I usually know where to get it.

 

I posted a picture of what it should look like when restored. This is an all original one I recently bought. It still had covers on all the grease zerks from the factory. Used very little.

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Below: After I rebuilt the mower deck.

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 Wow, thanks for the great info, and pics!! I generally collect Wheel Horse, and this is my first Case, so I really appreciate this type of information, and help. I'm sure I will be contacting you often as this rebuild goes on. I will check out your YouTube channel when I get home from work this afternoon. Thanks

 

Matt


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Posted November 15, 2013 - 07:33 PM

 Well, my friend (Gary) passed away early yesterday morning. He will be missed, but at least he's not in pain anymore.  He spent his life showing the love of Christ, and is now walking the streets of gold. I'm very happy for him, but I would appreciate it, if you guys would keep his family in your prayers.

 

 With that said, I'm very motivated to get to work on this Case. I got it running today, and the Kohler runs great without any smoke. I removed the gas tank to clean it, but the plastic was very brittle, and I accidentally put my thumb right through the tank. So I ordered a tank from Joe's Outdoors. I'm temporarily using a Wheel Horse gas tank in it, so I can check the tractor out. I'm used to old Hydro's making at least a little noise, but this one is silent, and very strong. The motor mounts are shot, so the engine is bouncing around on the frame, which makes everything on the tractor rattle. I found new mounts for a reasonable price, so I'll be ordering them soon.  

 

  Overall, I can see this is going to be an easy refurbish, as the machine appears to be in very solid shape. As soon as I finish going thru everything, and working out any bugs, I'll start the teardown. Here is a short video, as well as a couple pics. Thanks

 

Matt

 

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Posted November 15, 2013 - 07:54 PM

Will include Gary & his Family in my prayers tonight Matt.  Sad, and it takes a while to get accustomed to a friend's passing.  One never truly gets over it.  Thanks for sharing this continuing story.


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Posted November 15, 2013 - 08:29 PM

  I'm used to old Hydro's making at least a little noise, but this one is silent, and very strong.

 

That's because it's not a hydrostatic transmission. It's a hydraulic drive system.

 

Sorry to hear of Gary's passing for you and his family, but am glad he no longer has to suffer.






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