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08-21-2002 20:19:11

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Hi Everyone,
I'm new to this board and I have some questions. (been hanging out in the Case section) I don't know any thing about Allis but I acquired a WD-45 from a cousin of mine who moved to Texas 22 years ago. This old tractor has been setting in a dry shed with a dirt floor here in Iowa for all that time without running. After the initial inspection I tried to turn the engine with the belt. It moved! Not stuck. I pulled the carb off and gave it a kit, put in new plugs, scraped the points, (did't want to ruin the new ones with the 12 volts) turned the commutator on the starter and I'm ready to give her a try. Throwed in some gas(tank was spotless, hard to believe) cranked it over with a 12v battery on jumpers and it started on the third turn! You'd swear it was parked last week. Runs like a top.
I drove it 10 miles home tonight, the last part on highway, and when I got to that part, I thought the front end was going to shimmy out from under it. Can I get same of the slack out of it. I know some tractors you can and some you can't. Haven't checked yet but it do you access the steering gear though the cover on the top of th frame?
Also, it has draft control on it. Is that standard on a WD-45 or not? The serial no. dates it as a 1956.
The only bad thing I can see so far is a rusted rim from fluid in the tires. Are these hard to come by or not?
Forgive for the long post, but I thought you might like to hear about another 45 coming back to life.
Thanks in advance

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Dave K (Fl)

08-23-2002 17:42:36

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 Re: wd-45 in reply to Irv , 08-21-2002 20:19:11  
First get yourself a good set of manuals!! That will cover all of this. You really need them to set up the hydraulics and do your own servicing. I just finished repairing the shimmy on my NFWD. I had worn pins in the steering shaft universal joint and slop in the worm gear mating with the quadrent gear. Up under the front of the tractor, where the steering shaft enters the steering box you remove the plate that the steering shaft goes through. You will find a series of shims between this plate and the casting. Remove shims so the worm slides in a little to be tighter on the sector gear. If there is any slop in the u-joint, replace it and the pins that hold it to the shaft. The pins and parts are available from AGCO. I buy almost all of mine by mail from Sandy Lake Implement telep 724 376 2489 They will also give you help on the repairs over the phone, answer questions etc. Good folks to deal with, very fast to ship. This repair fixed all my shimmy and was easier than pulling the pedestal bearings etc.


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08-22-2002 16:18:32

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 Re: wd-45 in reply to Irv , 08-21-2002 20:19:11  
One source of shimmy in the narrow front end is a worn tapered bearing in the pedestal- at the bottom. They don't turn all that much in a lifetime, so they scallop the race and go flat on the bearing itself. Shows up more on blacktop, some on gravel, maybe nothing on dirt. Block up the frame, remove the top square cover on the steering box, remove the setscrew on the bottom between the wheels, pull the steering sector up. (Remove the wheels and spindles before pulling up on the sector). The bearing is way on the bottom of the cast iron pedestal. Draft control is called "Traction Booster"- is the weight transfer system on AC tractor, works with mounted and semi-mounted implements, controlled by hydralic lever on quadrant, left side of steering wheel. Lower position is implement drop, intermediate positions are draft control, top position is hydraulic lift. Gauge under gas tank indicates relative amount of weight transfer. Standard on WD45. Plenty of parts around- enjoy!

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08-22-2002 05:19:45

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 Re: wd-45 in reply to Irv , 08-21-2002 20:19:11  
What a neat story. I'm guessing it is a narrow front?? It seems that all 45's delvelop steering slop over time. With Wheel shimmy I would think it is your front end though.. If it is a narrow front, it has a "Set Screw" or cap bolt in the front of the pedestal down towards the bottom. Make sure that is tight. The NF I got last spring also had excessive shimmy in front and that took care of that. As far as steering slop, that is causes by any number of things. The steering shaft, the U-joint, Shaft pins, Shaft pin holes. AS far as draft control, I believe it was standard but somebody with far more knowledge can answer that. WD-45's aren't that hard to come by. Plenty of them out there, But I have noticed around here that they are beginning to appriciate in value. Also, I think after sitting that long I would have changed fluids before driving it 10 miles. You may want to change fluids soon..

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08-22-2002 10:21:56

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 Re: Re: wd-45 in reply to Mark/Ks, 08-22-2002 05:19:45  
Thanks for the info. I checked the engine oil before I started it up. It looked like new. I thought maybe it had settled out over the years, but when I got home I ckecked it again and it looked the same. The water was bright green and clean. I'll admit I didn't check the trans, but I didn't know where to look. There is some serious buildup of grease on the tractor transmission housing and it was in an unlighted shed so it was hard to see.
It is a narrow front end. What does that cap bolt hold or set screw hold? I have to look at all the other things when I get it washed up. That will be tonight.

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