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WD-45 Engine Rebuild

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08-23-2002 19:31:29

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Would appreciate opinion on recommended parts and strategy for rebuilding a 1954 WD-45. I'm sure this has been covered before but I'm new to this tractor and this site so please bear with me.

I plan to use the tractor for pulling and bush hogging. The pulls we have around here (GA) use a transfer sled and you must operate in low gear only. I want to build for as much power and lugging ability as possible without making the tractor unusable / unreliable for occational bushhogging or without getting extremely expensive. I am leaning toward using AGCO pistons and sleeves for an AC 175 understanding that the ignition timing is critical with this setup. Is there a better choice for this application such as one of the 0.125 oversize options? Should I replace the magneto with a distributor? Pulled first time last week in the 4000# and 5000# classes coming in 4 out of 7 in both events. Ran out of traction in the first event and power in the second. Lost to a JD B and WD-40 in both events. Beat an H Farmall, Ford 601, MM, and MF135 between the two pulls with an engine that is burning, leaking, and blowing oil. I have a couple Farmalls but I'm impressed with this Allis.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks - Franklin

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Dave in Mo

08-27-2002 04:53:09

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 Re: WD-45 Engine Rebuild in reply to Franklin, 08-23-2002 19:31:29  
That JD "B" must not have been stock. No way could a "B" beat an A/C WD.

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08-24-2002 09:36:00

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 Re: WD-45 Engine Rebuild in reply to Franklin, 08-23-2002 19:31:29  
Unless you are using a very short chain to load the rear end of the tractor for traction, or a LOT of wheel weights for traction, or both, you shouldn't have to worry about power with a 45, especially since you say you are limited to first gear. You are right, ACs have a lot of power for the size tractors they are.

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Doug in OR

08-24-2002 09:34:17

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 Re: WD-45 Engine Rebuild in reply to Franklin, 08-23-2002 19:31:29  
I've never pulled with a '45, but do have lots of time in the seat of one. I pull with a Farmall now, but can give you a few observations on using the Allis. First of all, the Allis' I've watched in pulls generally run out of traction before they run out of power. The WD-45 was a very powerful tractor, for it's size, in it's own right. If you rebuild it, I wouldn't go in the direction of adding lots of extra power. I don't think going above 50 hp will do much for you. That tractor is configured more for use with mounted implements - and the Traction Booster works well with them. You can't use the Traction Booster in a pull.

As I see it, I would recommend that you perhaps look at wider tires, and work at using that tractor in the various weight divisions. Wider tires and more weight might give you more bite. I dunno - just my observation.

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