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CsmallDC

01-25-2013 11:29:30
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hello all,
I'm new to the site and have been looking at all of the articles and threads for the last few days. there is some very valuable information on this site. I am new to the tractor restoration game and am soaking up all of the knowledge I can possibly find. I have been going to tractor shows with my father since I was a kid and I have always loved case tractors. my dad found a 1951 case DC and gave it to me as a gift last year. this will be my first attempt at a restoration, although I am fairly familiar with this particular tractor. if you have any tips or tricks on how to avoid possible pitfalls while restoring my DC I would appreciate it very much.
thank you in advance, and again this site is wonderful.

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JimEvans

01-26-2013 19:07:03
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to CsmallDC, 01-25-2013 11:29:30  
Even if the engine is ok, pull the sleeves and replace the o-rings and clean the scale out of the block. Clean the radiator as well and you won't have any overheat problems.

Check the chains. Most have never been adjusted and are loose enough toe wear grooves in the case.



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Firemanjohn

01-26-2013 06:00:42
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to CsmallDC, 01-25-2013 11:29:30  
My best advise is to dedicate an area to the project. The project will start and stop a bunch of times, and to have parts in the garage, basement, friends house etc. will hinder you greatly on reassemble. Sounds obvious, but get one area and let nothing leave that area. I also learned the lesson about only disassemble one tractor at a time, but that is a story for another day.



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j hikemper

01-25-2013 20:03:32
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to CsmallDC, 01-25-2013 11:29:30  
give it a spraying of diesel fuel and motor oil mix ,,



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ADB-IA

01-25-2013 17:30:34
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to CsmallDC, 01-25-2013 11:29:30  
Where from Springfield? Our son lives on the east side of town. We get down there a several times a year to visit. I"m in the process of restoring a "45 SC. Haven"t touched it for several months. Need to get back on it. Any way welcome to the Case forum. It"s the best. Arvin



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CsmallDC

01-25-2013 17:33:21
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to ADB-IA, 01-25-2013 17:30:34  
I live in Willard, MO. About 10 minutes west of town. Good luck with the SC!



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ADB-IA

01-25-2013 17:45:00
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to CsmallDC, 01-25-2013 17:33:21  
That's where his wife's grandparents live. Been in the neighborhood several times. Arvin



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chuck machinist

01-25-2013 15:25:24
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to CsmallDC, 01-25-2013 11:29:30  
FREE IS GOOD .IT IS A LABOR OF LOVE ,THAT IS FREE.THE EXPERIENCE OF THE RESTORATION PROVIDES YOU A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES.A PLAN IS IMPORTANT! RIDE IT AS YOU REBUILD IT? YOUR CHOICE! OHH AND PARTS, THEY ARE NOT FREE HE! HE! HAVE FUN .LOTS OF PICS AS YOU GO FOWARD.WHERE DO YOU HAIL FROM?
CHUCK GOOD LUCK!



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CsmallDC

01-25-2013 15:41:32
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to chuck machinist, 01-25-2013 15:25:24  
I live just outside of springfield, Mo. I'm formulating my plan of attack as I write this! Excited to start the adventure!



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jim voyles

01-26-2013 04:43:59
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to CsmallDC, 01-25-2013 15:41:32  
Welcome to the forum. I live at Ava and also collect Case. Do you attend the Stean-O-Rama at Republic? If I can help in anyway, let me know.



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CsmallDC

01-26-2013 18:18:27
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to jim voyles, 01-26-2013 04:43:59  
I have been going to the stream-o-rama since I was a small child. It is one of the things I look forward to every year!



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Don Rudolph

01-25-2013 13:00:39
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to CsmallDC, 01-25-2013 11:29:30  
Welcome to the Case Forum! One bit of advice I will pass along is that if you have to go into the motor at all it is highly advisable to replace the O-rings at the bottom of the sleeves. A lot of these are getting really old and brittle and you never know when they will fail. Also keep the gear shift boot in good shape and keep the steering column greased to help keep water out of the transmission/differential case. Good Luck! Don

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Pastor John

01-25-2013 12:47:48
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to CsmallDC, 01-25-2013 11:29:30  
Welcome to the Forum and congratulations on the DC.

Get yourself a set of Jensale Manuals sold on this Website.

Get accustomed to scouring the Archives on this Website they are a wealth of information.

Don't be afraid to ask a question because the guys on this forum can and will answer it for you!



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Adirondack case guy

01-25-2013 12:09:42
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to CsmallDC, 01-25-2013 11:29:30  
A DC is a pretty simple straight forward tractor.
You didn't say if the engine is free or not. If stuck there are some things you should do before trying to free it. Post back more info about the tractor with some pics. and sn#. The guys here will be glad to answer any of your questions. PS we like things on a first name basis here.
Loren



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CsmallDC

01-25-2013 13:32:27
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 Re: DC first restoration tips in reply to Adirondack case guy, 01-25-2013 12:09:42  
It should be an easy first restoration project for a 24yr old newbie. It it's free and we have had it running recently. We are having a spark issue right now, So s he hasn't fired in a few months. It seems to be fairly complete. Only missing fenders and headlights.

Thanks already for the feedback,
Caleb P.s. I'll post pics and sn asap



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