|1969 is the first year for the 200 and 400 Series tractors. The |
design emulates the full size 70 Series Ag tractors. Case was in
the process of revitalizing its corporate image. The familiar Old
Abe mascot was retired permanently at the end of 1968 along
with the former rounded styling of the hoods and the round
headlamps. New for 1969 was the squarish hood design and
rectangular headlamps and the term CASE POWER was
As such, the red paint on your tractor is Case Power Red along
with the older Desert Sunset on the tin. Hopefully, your tractor
will still have the Speaker 777 headlamps that use glass lenses
instead of the plastic lenses. All of the garden tractors produced
for 1969 are known as PK models which stands for Performance
King. This was just another marketing tool used by Case. Your
442 has a 12 HP Kohler K engine.
It is the last year for the block style lettering on the hood and the
last year for the "elephant ear" rear fenders. Unfortunately, both
the 1969 and 1970 models still used the old-style attachment
system for mower decks, utility blades and snow blowers. In
1971, Case introduced the Snap Fast system which is still in use
today on the remaining Ingersoll models.
In my opinion, the 1969 makes a much better "collector tractor"
than it does a "work tractor" because finding the old style
implements in decent shape is getting harder and harder.
Contact Tony at Maple Hunter in Texas to get a set of new
decals. Paint is available at your local Case/IH dealer. New seat
cushions are available from Steve Guider along with the correct