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Atta Girl

Hi, My name is Kenny Christopherson. I am now 14 years old. This story is about a 1941 Case SC and it's journey through life. As a young man grandfather (Norman Maynard Chrsitopherson) Grew up in Barret, MN. His parents lived next to a farm, and my grandfather and his two brothers worked there until they were drafted into the Army. When my grandfather met my grandmother, he was stationed in Belgium- In Europe, anyway back to the story: When he got out of the war they lived with his parents, then they moved to Redwood Falls. After that, they moved to New Brighton, and my grandfather worked at Minneapolis Moline from then until they closed in 1977? Which was the year he retired. In 1979 after saving up enough money to move and buy 63 acres in Ashby, MN from his brother Orrin. By the way my father graduated in '77. Before they moved up there, not sure what year, but on a trip out to the west coast, to visit relatives, my grandfather saw a tractor in a farmers front yard, which had a for sale sign on it. Of course my Grandpa wanted to buy a tractor for his land, this was during the time they were saving to buy the land in Ashby, and he could keep it at his brothers considering that he lived right down the road. In 1979 they moved up there, after finishing their house. In order to get the Case home, he called a local fire chief and asked since the fire engines were so big, if he could haul the tractor from ND to his town, and they did it at no charge. So there my grandfather sat, with a new-used tractor. All he did all day long was split wood, pull dead trees out of the woods (they were big trees mind you), and worked and tinkewred with it, he could never get it to run just right. Sooner or later something had to go wrong, so it was the radiator, he reaplced it with a car radiator, and had to take the top grille piece off. so it hasn't been original since around '86, the year I was born. It was caught in a bad storm, but Thankfully no major damage. In 1988 my grandfather's long time freind and neighbor asked him if he wanted a tractor that was caught in the very same strom, a 1940 Farmall M, and the muffler was knocked off, and the water froze the engine. His words were, if you can get it out of here, you can have it. So thats just what my grandfather did, took the bucket off the front of this tractro, chained the hydraulic cylinders up, hooked a strap up, and away he went, now this might have looked funny to city slickers, but not to regular farm folk, A tractor pulling a tractor doesn't attract a lot of attention up there. Back to the story- again. Well, my grandfather poured some kero down in the cylinders, after a few days, and some minor carb adjustment, she popped. Everyday my grandfather used these tractors, up until the Case's mag went bad, and it was dragged into the weeds. . which was the summer before he died. On Thanksgiving of 1993, my grandfather died of cancer. The Case never ran or moved until the spring of 1997. We drug it out of the weeds, and it sat in the yard until 1998. Also in 1997 we purchased a '50 Farmall C. Finally in 1998 we put the tractor in the gargae, which we had to push it in, with an angled blade, which wasnt too easy. So, I was only 12 years old then, and the only thing I really knew was how to tear the hood and gas tank etc. off. By the spring of 1999 I had the Cylinder haed off, and by the fall of 1999 I had the pistons out. In the spring of 2000 I was getting the head reworked, and I ordered rings. I also purchased a new radiator, steering arm, and radiator cap, this all came with side panels, By the summer of 2000 I had the tractor painted, and then by the fall of 200 I was almost done with reassembly. In november I spent 2 weekends just on the carb. But at the end of the second weekend, the tractro moved again under it's own power. Ever since then it has been finger numbing cold, and it has started every time. It needs tires, and I am short on fundings. It will take a while to get it back to complete original. It originally had the larger shell fenders, center exhaust and air cleaner. The funny thing is that there is no oil filter by the magneto, nor any signs of there being one. On November 11th, 2000, I tried to start it and my first words were, ' Atta Girl'. Restoration is dedicated to my grandfather. I'm following in your footsteps, and taking your advice. I love you.

Kenny Christopherson, MN, entered 2001-02-06
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