Case 448 tear down and rebuild / restore thread.
Posted April 24, 2011 - 02:51 PM
Posted April 24, 2011 - 03:21 PM
Posted April 24, 2011 - 03:51 PM
how many tractors were saved from George parting out the Case? How many may have ended up going to salvage because the owner was unable to find the parts he/she needed? Just my 2 cents
That is a very good question. How many tractors DID get saved as a result of what George did?
How about we look at that?
Did the three point hitch, the hydraulic PTO, the holding valve SAVE any tractors? I don’t think so because those were all options that were an easy sell and brought George big money. Those items did not make the difference between a tractor living or dying.
A used pump saves no tractor. New ones are available every day and so are the drive motors. Oil coolers, front axles, spindles, front rims and tires, rear rims and tires, battery trays, exhaust shielding, hoods, fenders, foot rests, mid-lift cylinders and apparatus, travel , lift and PTO levers bring very little money because they rarely need replacing, if ever. I’ve seen trans-axles sell for as little as $20.00 and these often get used for purposes OTHER than saving a tractor. I’m guessing that those of you who support George’s decision have never owned and restored a Case because if you had, you would know that the parts that need replacing are ones you would never buy used anyway. Those are what we call “wear parts” because they get worn out on a regular basis. So what’s the point of buying another worn part off flea-bay?
Those items are things like rod ends for the tie rod and drag link, pivot pins for the front axle, wheel bearings, nylon bushings for the steering column and control levers, decals, paint, perhaps a hydraulic hose and perhaps a hydraulic pump. None of these are all that expensive and if you don’t put them in new, then you are not much of a restorer. The 448 that George destroyed came with a nearly indestructible cast steel front axle and trans-axle plus a frame made from structural steel, not pressed sheet metal like so many tractors are today.
It had almost no parts made of plastic or fiberglass. Almost every part on that 448 is still available from Eastman/Ingersoll. Most of the wear parts are common items that can be found at local supply houses. Therefore, this mantra about tractors being saved as a result of George’s action is a load of crap. I was not the only one who urged George to buy this tractor because he said that he finally want to experience what it was like to own a Case.
Yes… it was George’s property. He paid for it and that gives him the right to do whatever he wants with it. All of you that believe firmly in that position should be tied to a chair and forced to watch some local scrap yard employee take a cutting torch to tractor after tractor that you would love to put in your collection. No…it does not matter which brand you treasure. Whatever that brand might be is the one that you should see destroyed all because the scrap yard owner bought that tractor and now has the “right” to do with it as he pleases. The rarer the better. Let’s see how much you like it then, shall we?
Posted April 24, 2011 - 03:52 PM