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1954 wd45

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Dave

04-08-2002 06:22:58




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recently Ihad a discussion about the wd45 and the wd.How do you tell the difference,Mine has p.s and narrow front, the ser # on the rear casting says it is a 1954 model and the carb has 6-54 as well as tsx464 clearly printed on the brass tag on it and angle spark plugs and lots of power but not a lot of oil press(maybe bad gauge),what other features identify this tractor-thanks




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Richards (KS)

04-09-2002 12:49:37




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 Re: 1954 wd45 in reply to Dave, 04-08-2002 06:22:58  
TSX464 is correct for a WD-45...



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Phil Munson

04-09-2002 10:19:23




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 Re: 1954 wd45 in reply to Dave, 04-08-2002 06:22:58  
The block number on WC's and WD's was U-3019. On a WD-45 it was 226 prefix and three more numbers making it a six digit casting number. The other folks are also correct about about the plate running the length of the WD motor. The 45 is a great tractor; enjoy.



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Farmboy

04-08-2002 10:06:32




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 Re: 1954 wd45 in reply to Dave, 04-08-2002 06:22:58  
The oil pressure should only be around 12 pounds. So if it is close pressure should be OK.



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Bryan Smith

04-08-2002 06:50:39




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 Re: 1954 wd45 in reply to Dave, 04-08-2002 06:22:58  
If the serial number is higher than 146606 then it's a WD45 - the last Wd was made in 1953. WD45's (and late model WD's) had the curved gear shift indicating a constant-mesh transmission. Also look for the plate bolted on the right side of the engine - WD's had them, WD45's didn't.



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Dave

04-08-2002 08:04:12




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 Re: Re: 1954 wd45 in reply to Bryan Smith, 04-08-2002 06:50:39  
what plate bolted to the right,is that sitting on the tractor? I am 99.9%sure it is a wd45,I am only the 3rd documented owner and how no reason to believe otherwise.Thanks for the great discussion



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JMS/MN

04-08-2002 08:44:19




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 Re: Re: Re: 1954 wd45 in reply to Dave, 04-08-2002 08:04:12  
On the WC and WD engine block there is a large plate bolted on the right side (always, left and right is looking forward from the rear of the tractor:Muffler is on left, distributor on right.)The WD45 engine is solid cast on both sides. The engine number is on the left side of the block, near the rear, and should start with 45-. Your tractor serial number indicates it is a WD45.



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Dave

04-08-2002 10:02:26




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: 1954 wd45 in reply to JMS/MN, 04-08-2002 08:44:19  
Yes,I believe it is,but we got to talking this weekend and you know how that goes. Thser # is 177026,but the block makes no reference on left side of any casting numbers?



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Farmered

04-09-2002 03:02:54




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: 1954 wd45 in reply to Dave, 04-08-2002 10:02:26  
The WD45 was the first tractor of any make to have
power adjust wheels (front and rear). Front would not apply in your case however. It was also the most powerful tractor in its class at that time. The 45 is a grand old tractor and ranks as a classic with it's classmates the John Deere A and the Farmall M.



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JMS/MN

04-08-2002 22:44:40




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: 1954 wd45 in reply to Dave, 04-08-2002 10:02:26  
Bottom line is this: if the right side of the engine is solid cast, rather than a panel about eight inches high and the length of the engine,bolted on the right side- then you have a WD45 engine. All WD45s had a distributor and coil ignition, rather than a magneto. Since these parts and engines are interchangeable, who knows what some humans might have done, but the factory put out what was described here, including the curved shift lever and snap-coupler hitch. Your tractor serial number indicates a WD45. Enjoy!

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Dave

04-09-2002 07:34:47




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: 1954 wd45 in reply to JMS/MN, 04-08-2002 22:44:40  
You guys are great, I look forward to reading all the information after I post a question or response. I am in the process of dismantling and cleaning for some new paint-think it will really look great,the sheet metal is perfect,what type of ignition sw did they come with new-someone put a toggle on it and that has to go next!



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JMS/MN

04-09-2002 10:35:01




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: 1954 wd45 in reply to Dave, 04-09-2002 07:34:47  
The original switch was a key, on the lower side of the pressed steel case that hooks onto the battery box. The pull switch is a light switch and also sets the generator to charge either a high or low rate.



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