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01-30-2008 18:15:26

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Hey guys, I'm usually on the Farmall page but I'm interested in restoring an Allis Chalmers and there are two wd's listed for a thousand bucks (both for the grand)--one has a wide front end. First, are they worth the grand. Second, what should I look for to avoid expensive repairs (cracked block, etc) and third, how much more difficult to restore a WD as say a B or C. Any comments are welcome. Thanks in advance.

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01-31-2008 11:36:58

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 Re: WD for sale in reply to rNicholas, 01-30-2008 18:15:26  
Cracks in the block between the cylinders on the WD's are quite common but nothing to be concerned about. Most are just hairline cracks and do not lead into the water jacket. The head gasket will cover up the crack and prevent leaks. Most serious AC people will tell you this and don't worry about them.


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01-31-2008 10:44:19

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 Re: WD for sale in reply to rNicholas, 01-30-2008 18:15:26  
WD's were known for cracked blocks. They went between the cylinder walls. I have had them and B's & C's.I have rarely found a cracked block on a B or a C. They say the WD's had a bad run on the cast iron when they were poured. Blocks are pretty darn hard to find for a WD these days.

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02-01-2008 18:15:38

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 Re: WD for sale in reply to dej(jed), 01-31-2008 10:44:19  
dej, I guess your luckier than I am. I have yet to find a Allis 125ci, B or C engine that does not have the cracks between the cyliinders. Which is no big deal, head gasket seals this imprefection, cracks in between cylinders do not cause any problems.

Keith & Shawn(Special Olympic Champion)

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01-31-2008 11:40:55

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 Re: WD for sale in reply to dej(jed), 01-31-2008 10:44:19  
Don't know why it would be hard to find a block for a WD. The WC/WD shared the same block. WD is basically the same type of block and will bolt right in, it just isn't "correct" for a WD because it doesn't have the plate covering the lifters like the WC/WD blocks do.

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01-31-2008 09:49:01

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 Re: WD for sale in reply to rNicholas, 01-30-2008 18:15:26  
Just as you said-look for weld on the block. These tractors are easy to repair, the clutch is the only difficult part of the tractor due to the hand clutch. Make sure all the parts are there as far as the snap couplers and draw bar. If either one of the have the 3pt hitch, that makes them worth a little more. A WD45 with a wide front end and straight sheet metal, I've seen goes as high as 2500-2800, one of which still had the crank handle to hand start the tractor on the fender.

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01-30-2008 19:15:35

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 Re: WD for sale in reply to rNicholas, 01-30-2008 18:15:26  
Good running WDs with a wide front will sell for around $1500 if the tires are fair if not more. One with a trike front will bring $1000 or more most of the time. Key is what they are like, do they run, whats the tires like etc etc. I've picked up non running ones with fair to good tires for as little as $150-250. As far as working on them a B or C is easier because they are smaller just like working on a cub over an H. Cub is small enough to be easy to work on and an H a little hard to work on because its so much bigger

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