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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