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The Little A-Cs - Chapter 5

This book was written exclusively for Yesterday's Tractors Magazine. It is not published in any physical form but only available on this site. No part of this text may be used in any form other than as provided electronically from www.yesterdaystractors.com without express written consent of Yesterday's Tractors. Copyright 1996-1998.

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5. Appearance


From 1937 to 1957 the entire Allis Chalmers line with the exception of the A was styled along the same lines.  The grills were mated to the hood in such a way as to begin a curve that would rise at the engine and fall back down to cover the front of the tank. This line would continue to the rear of the tank culminating in a bullet shape. Though family resemblence is quite evident, the B (and other models of this series) looks far more graceful and integrated than any of the other AC machines of the time. The lines of the grill, hood, and tank are markedly integrated and streamlined. The crowning point of this series is the point where the tool box gracefully wraps around on itself just below the tank but still allowing completion of the lines that began at the lower side of the grill.

These tractors seem to inspire a mistaken feeling of frailty at first sight due to the narrow torque tube. This sleek casting actually was designed to allow good visibility without sacrificing the stability. Though not interchangable, the same lines were retained through the 60s on the D-10 and D-12. Different from the other AC machines, the remainder of the machine seems to "grow" from that midpoint both to the back and the front.


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1. Introduction
2. What are they?
3. History in Brief
4. Competing Tractors
5. Appearance
6. Identifying Numbers
7. Similarities and Differences
8. Cosmetics: What did they really look like?
9. Tips, Tricks and Maintenance
10. Using the Little Allis'
11. Tune-up Data, Quantities, and Specifications


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