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Checking out WC's

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04-24-2002 16:27:08

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There are a couple of WC's in my area I am planning to check out and possibly buy. I am new to AC's, but have a little experience with red(Flambeau and IH) and green(JD) tractors. One of the WC's is styled and one unstyled. I know where the serial # is, what else do I need to know? Are there any parts that are especially hard to find if broke/missing? How expensive are engine parts if needed? Are there any "problem" areas prone to cracks, wear, etc...? What other info do I need to know about WC's? I appreciate any help you orange guys can give. I have always liked the AC's but must admit I am a little color blind. I like all old tractors! Thanks, Fireman

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Brad Gyde

04-29-2002 19:51:42

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 Re: Checking out WC's in reply to ff316, 04-24-2002 16:27:08  
I have 2 styled WC's... 1 parts, 1 to restore. All I will say is A GOOD BLOCK IS HARD TO FIND.

Also, these tractors don't have hydraulics (a very few of the last wc's did however) and some also did not have a pto.

If you plan to really use the tractor in farming, it don't have a lot of uses in a modern operation, but if you farm with older machinery (as I do) it can be a quite useful and a pretty good, reliable tractor overall.

Just My Opinions,


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04-30-2002 13:12:57

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 Re: Re: Checking out WC's in reply to Brad Gyde, 04-29-2002 19:51:42  
Thanks for your input, Brad. I am looking for a tractor to restore. It probably will not be used, except maybe to plow a little for fun, and to pull a wagon now and then. Basically, a toy. I will be sure to check out the block, transmission, gas tank, radiator, and everything else before I buy. BTW, is there a really good WC website out there, similar to Farmall H.com or retiredtractors.com are for H's and JD B's? Thanks. Fireman

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Tom W.

04-28-2002 07:04:47

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 Re: Checking out WC's in reply to ff316, 04-24-2002 16:27:08  
Other things that might be hard to find is a radiatior and gas tank for the unstyled WC.

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04-24-2002 18:32:10

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 Re: Checking out WC's in reply to ff316, 04-24-2002 16:27:08  
Unstyled may not have a strater. Check the transmission shifter boot, if missing or cracked it can let water into the transmission. Check the PTO if it has one for cracks and repair, this is where the water settles and does its damage. The blocks crack on the left side in the area of the carburator if they have frozen up. Some have an implement lift and some of those have a in out clutch behind it, both desireable features. Unstyled may have more collector vallue, both are good tractors. Because of the long shift lever a lot of play is common, it can be fixed, larger key and weld up the slot in shifter and mill another.

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04-25-2002 14:09:49

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 Re: Re: Checking out WC's in reply to Tom, 04-24-2002 18:32:10  


Whats this about fixing shift levers? I and I am sure a lot of old AC fans would like to hear more about how to fix a loose shifter. Could you be good enough to tell us how in more detail.

Thanks Much

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04-25-2002 18:32:18

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 Re: Re: Re: Checking out WC's in reply to DPOST, 04-25-2002 14:09:49  
Sure. First take out the shift lever. You don't need the reverse lockout on a WC. Get rid of it. Weld up the slot in the ball on the shift lever that the key in the shift tower fit into. Then file the weld down so the ball is round again. Drill out or mill the hole in the shift tower where the key fits into so it is round and true. Make a new key to fit the hole and then mill the ball on the shift lever to fit your new key. Put it all together and hafe a tight shift lever. If the socket isn't worn too bad too. WD45s had two keys, one on each side. You could do this too, probably isn't necessay. Put a grease fitting where it will grease this or pull the boot up once in ah while and put a couple of shots of grease on the ball and socket. It is a long way for oil to get up here. Has to get by all the shift rails and up the lever. A little grease will help keep it lubed. Did all this on the WC my brother fixed up and the shift lever is nice and tight, before it flopped all around.

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