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Posted July 25, 2014 - 05:59 AM

I wonder if someone was running it or at least working on it recently. That muffler looks newish!



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Posted July 25, 2014 - 06:41 AM

The man who gave it to me told me it was his better halves fathers. It hasn't ran in years. He had a can over the exhaust that rotted off. The muffler is newer he said. It's sitting on the big work trailer, so when I get in, after I move the beast to the back, I'll snap photos & post. 


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Posted July 25, 2014 - 09:53 AM

Now you have to find a plane to tow around your yard

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Posted July 25, 2014 - 06:24 PM

I hope this isn't the beginning of the farm tractor addiction! The more I look this over, the more I like it. Engine doesn't turn over, not surprised there. The rear end, the wheels when jacked up, spin in opposite directions. I am only able to shift in third too. One tire holds air in the front, the other apparently had a tube that burst out of the sidewall and blew out with a rather large bang earlier.

 

S# VAIW493439 something. 

 

More photos soon.

 

With the wheels up, brakes work, clutch I don't know if it does. 

 

I should be able to shift in all gears with the engine not running. But with the engine seized, would that prevent me from shifting into other gears?



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Posted July 25, 2014 - 06:47 PM

It shouldn't, you should be able to move it around. How many gears is it supposed to have?

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Posted July 25, 2014 - 08:07 PM

5 I think and R. Will confirm tomorrow. What would prevent me from shifting then?



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Posted July 26, 2014 - 06:42 AM

5 I think and R. Will confirm tomorrow. What would prevent me from shifting then?

Try rocking the driveshaft a little to the left/right line up the gears, sincro might be stuck.



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Posted July 27, 2014 - 06:57 PM

Had a minute to tinker, engine turned over with a big wrench! I did notice that the clutch bell housing has alot of dirt in it! Each time I turned the engine over, dirt came out. 

 

With my friend, we turned it over multiple times, and he got a mountain of dirt out. Going to try to vacuum and air blast the rest out.

 

And, 3rd gear works! 

 

 

Better than an hour ago!


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Posted July 27, 2014 - 07:01 PM

I've had old engines locked from crap around the flywheel, both small air cooled, and larger engines like yours in this case.  Likely all that was holding it.



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Posted July 27, 2014 - 07:07 PM

I sure hope so :)

 

I do need a tire though, would like two. 

 

Currently has an Armstrong

 

industrial all purpose 6.90-9

 

on it, where could I find a used one or two to replace these with?



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Posted July 27, 2014 - 07:15 PM

I only found two types of those size, ribbed trailer tires and industrial forklift tires. The forklift tires I found were Carlisle and Deestones. Miller Tire has them.

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Posted August 16, 2014 - 08:40 PM

Any more pictures of this?
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Posted August 17, 2014 - 04:17 AM

Since I got up at 0400 and it was too early to do much of anything else, I did a bit of Googling on the VAIW.

 

I found more than one source that claims that there were a total of 3,793 built.

 

Here are a couple of links with some additional info:

 

http://www.tractorda...-case-vaiw.html

 

http://books.google.... manual&f=false

 

It seems that not all of them were sold to the military.

 

In all the pics I found I saw nothing like the front end on yours.

 

I'm going to speculate that it was done by a previous owner for a specific purpose.

 

In any event, it's definitely an interesting tractor, and well worth restoring.






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