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Charlie M

12-30-2020 17:24:10

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I've been trying to figure out what AC tractor my grandfather had when he was farming. My dad ended up getting it so I was maybe around 10 years old the one time I drove it on our hay crusher. It was a 2 bottom plow tractor with a narrow front end. It also had a mounted cultivator for it. It had a mag ignition. It also had a long shifting lever. I don't recall it having any hydraulics but had a PTO shaft. I'm thinking it might have been a WC model. I'm pretty sure my grandfather would have bought it in the 40's but maybe could have been late 30's as it was late 50's that dad got it after grandpa moved off his farm. I'm not too familiar with AC model production. Was a WC a 40's tractor and was there any other model that would have been a two plow tractor.

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12-31-2020 05:45:40

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 Re: 1940's models in reply to Charlie M, 12-30-2020 17:24:10  
Long shift lever sounds like a WC or possibly a RC but WC was way more common.

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12-30-2020 19:42:38

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 Re: 1940''s models in reply to Charlie M, 12-30-2020 17:24:10  
A handful of WC's were built in 1933 with a Wakeshau engine and are extremely rare, almost considered a prototype. The production WC's were 1934 thru late 1938 as "unstyled" hand crank only. 1939 was the "styled" version of the WC's with electric starter and lights and went until mid 1948, when the WD replaced it.

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12-30-2020 18:59:12

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 Re: 1940's models in reply to Charlie M, 12-30-2020 17:24:10  
Do a search for the the WC in the tractor photos on this web site and see if you think that is the model.

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12-30-2020 17:46:49

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 Re: 1940's models in reply to Charlie M, 12-30-2020 17:24:10  
Being a narrow front knocks out the WF and the long gearshift knocks out the CA. Probably a RC or a WC. The WC is more common. Do you remember if it had an exposed radiator, or styled hoods?

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12-30-2020 17:32:27

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 Re: 1940's models in reply to Charlie M, 12-30-2020 17:24:10  
WC or WF or maybe a CA all would have been in the 40s. WC did also have some made in the late 30s

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J Hamilton

12-30-2020 17:41:16

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 Re: 1940's models in reply to old, 12-30-2020 17:32:27  
I think the WC was as early as 1934 and used a Waukesha engine that year.

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12-30-2020 17:45:09

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 Re: 1940's models in reply to J Hamilton, 12-30-2020 17:41:16  
And would have been what is called unstyled if I remember right in 39 or 40 they became the styled which is had a different hood and other such things

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J Hamilton

12-30-2020 17:48:16

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 Re: 1940's models in reply to old, 12-30-2020 17:45:09  
You are correct. About 39-40 is when most tractors started becoming more stylish which are now known as "styled"

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