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chris luke

09-14-2000 16:58:39

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i just purchased a farm that came with an allis chalmers tractor, wd45 i was told. i'm trying to figure out what actual model it is and the year it was made. the casting stamps on the rear end say 6-18-49 and the 5 digit serial number (wd 26661) seems to indicate from what i can find that it's not a wd45 but actually a wd made in 1949. BUT the tractor has wd45 decals AND more importantly the snap coupler hitch which i thought started in 1953/54. was the snap coupler hitch ever made as a retro-fit for the older models? i love the tractor and want to restore it but just want to make sure what it really is. any help or info would be greatly appreciated!


chris luke
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Dan D.

09-14-2000 19:39:11

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 Re: need help! in reply to chris luke, 09-14-2000 16:58:39  
The serial number would indicate that you do indeed have a WD tractor. The snap coupler was an easy retro fit...probably took about 15 minutes to install. Many older tractors had the snap coupler added. You are correct in that no WD ever came from the factory with snap coupler and even the early WD-45's lacked it. As the other post said, if the shifting lever is straight, it is a WD. Also, look at the right hand side of the engine. If there's a steel plate bolted on the side, it's a WD. Also, a 1949 WD would have come originally with a magneto..but that could have been changed over the years. No 45 ever had a magneto. Also, look at the engine serial number on the left side of the block by the carburator. A WD wngine will begin W-#####, while a WD-45 engine will begine 45-######. Don't go by the decal...I see WD's with WD-45 decals on them a lot.

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Eldon in MN

09-14-2000 19:02:00

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 Re: need help! in reply to chris luke, 09-14-2000 16:58:39  
Is the shift lever straight up and down or curved.
Tractors after serial # 127008 had a curved shift lever.

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chris luke

09-15-2000 04:47:09

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 Re: Re: need help! in reply to Eldon in MN, 09-14-2000 19:02:00  
thanks dan & eldon. yes the shift lever is straight and the serial for the engine does begin with wd...the tractor also has a 3 point set up with hydrolics. i'm grateful for both of your help.


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