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WD or WD45?

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06-24-2002 08:02:40

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Thanks to the people who responded to my decal request last week, now a bigger question. I thought grandpa's tractor was a WD, but as I was scraping the paint I found the decals under the second paint job (I think the originals) say WD45. How do I know the difference-it does have a 'power-crater' decal on the block, and the 'snap coupler' system. Pictures on the net seem to show 45's have a bent gearshift rod, while WD's have a straight one. Is this an indicator? Mine is straight. I appreciate the help.

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06-24-2002 17:40:13

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 Re: WD or WD45? in reply to Stevo, 06-24-2002 08:02:40  
Later WDs had the curved shift lever that was used on the newer constant mesh transmission. As was said, the bolted on side cover on the right side of the engine tells the story on the engine. Thee was no 45 engines with this. It could be a 45 with a WD or WC engine though, except for the fact that the transmission is the older sliding gear type with the straight shift lever. Another way to tell a 45 at a glance is they had a curved seat support as opposed to one with two different straight sections with a bend between them. Again, this could have been changed over the years too.

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06-24-2002 08:41:28

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 Re: WD or WD45? in reply to Stevo, 06-24-2002 08:02:40  
The straight shift lever would indicate a WD. If there is a large bolted on plate on the right side of the block behind the oil filter and ignition it is a WC or WD block. The tractor serial number will tell the story. WD-45 production started with number 146607. Here is a link that shows the location of the serial number in case you don't know where to look.

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