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#1 Titus ONLINE  

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Posted July 24, 2014 - 08:49 PM

A customer tells me he has a case garden tractor he no longer wants, soooo off I went to pick it up....this is what I found....

Any clue as to what model it is? Only thing I've found so far is the case logo on the dash. 6 volt system, 4 cylinder engine.

Not bad, but boy is this bugger heavy! Some garden tractor eh? I want to see this mans garden!

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Posted July 24, 2014 - 08:59 PM

Cool tractor and you can't beat the price. It looks like an old airport tug to me.


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Posted July 24, 2014 - 09:01 PM

I do believe that might be a ISLAACUIGTI model.

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Posted July 24, 2014 - 09:09 PM

That has been modified to the point that identification could be a challenge. I'll bet someone here has an idea though.

Very interesting find. Be wonderful if the engine is not stuck. 


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Posted July 24, 2014 - 09:15 PM

I got home late, and did not take any additional photos. It's sitting on the trailer at work. Water pump is loose, I was unable to check to see if the engine was free or not.

 

Rear tires are solid, no PTO, steering is fine, engine needs a exhaust manifold, among other things I'm sure.


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Posted July 24, 2014 - 09:16 PM

It's also worth noting that it has case cast on where you shift. 



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Posted July 24, 2014 - 09:19 PM

Military aircraft tug.  Model VAIW-3  Built around the mid 40's.

 

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Posted July 24, 2014 - 09:40 PM

Well now this is interesting! Not too many of these around it seems.



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Posted July 24, 2014 - 10:35 PM

It should be built on the chassis for the VAI but with a narrower rear, straight front axel to lower it more, and some obvious sheet metal changes. Maybe a clutch design change due to the TUG design. Many mfg did make stronger clutches for the military designed units.
The tag behind the steering column should have the model & serial stamped in.

I have the parts manual for the VAI, but I believe it is already floating around online.

They are very capable tractors, wonderful engines BTW. Case tractors are pretty cool & yours is a unique unit with a very specific purpose... I bet you'll be able to turn a lot of heads at the shows.

BTW, you may find it wasn't actually built for the military. The differences in the front steel and no protection over the wheels are a possible clue. Some units were always designed and built to spec for industry. Oh, and Massey built the same unit with little changes for different branches. Whoever it was built for, it Doesn't make it any less cool IMHO. Great save.
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Posted July 24, 2014 - 11:33 PM

looks like one of the shop mules from a case factory.


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Posted July 25, 2014 - 03:01 AM

looks like one of the shop mules from a case factory.

I was just thinking that, i think i have seen photos of those someweres with forklift attachment.

 

That is a awesome machine ! with the low center of gravity you could mount doubles on the back and a 7 feet sickle mower and mow hill sides with it, or even a mow deck.


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Posted July 25, 2014 - 04:58 AM

I like the modification for the plow !!!



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Posted July 25, 2014 - 05:28 AM

That's cool! Will be fun to tinker on!



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Posted July 25, 2014 - 05:39 AM

Very Neat-Oh.

That would be fun to have around. Best of luck getting

it going.



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Posted July 25, 2014 - 05:40 AM

Definitely a cool find. Congrats!




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