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Styled vs. Unstyled

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Audie (AL.)

10-06-2002 22:06:47

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I keep seeing reference made to styled and/or unstyled tractors. Just what is the difference?

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10-08-2002 00:05:18

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 Re: Styled vs. Unstyled in reply to Audie (AL.), 10-06-2002 22:06:47  
Several tractor manufacturers styled their tractors in the late 1930s- AC, JD,International, Oliver, etc. They hired industrial designers to modernize their designs by covering up ungainly cast parts like steering posts, etc. They covered the radiators with sheet metal, put curves in the sheet metal over engines, and rounded out the squarish gas tanks and fenders. Most made their changes about 1938, 1939.

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Greg Ballantyne

10-07-2002 17:55:25

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 Re: Styled vs. Unstyled in reply to Audie (AL.), 10-06-2002 22:06:47  
When tractor styling first began it was a market advantage to the companies that did it, but I still say ain't nothing much looks better than A UC

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10-07-2002 05:45:12

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 Re: Styled vs. Unstyled in reply to Audie (AL.), 10-06-2002 22:06:47  
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10-09-2002 16:36:38

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 Re: Re: Styled vs. Unstyled in reply to Styled, 10-07-2002 05:45:12  
Excuse me for butting in, but I have a chance to buy three ACs, and not being familiar with that make could use some information. I think they are just like the ones pictured here. There are two unstyled and one styled. One of the unstyled is on steel. None run and all of them need parts.
1 What model are they?
2 Are they common?
3 Any idea what I should offer for them? Thanks

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10-09-2002 21:44:18

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 Re: Re: Re: Styled vs. Unstyled in reply to snitkawl, 10-09-2002 16:36:38  
The pictures are WC tractors- the unstyled is 1934-1937, the styled is between 1938-1947. Replacement was the WD, with hydraulics and power-shift wheels- AC invented them, others copied them. I bought a 1937 WC this summer for $350- running but needed manifold, front wheels, fenders, original seat and fenders. Will have 11-1200 in it by the time it's original with new paint and decals. Parts tractors are not hard to find- I know of several in my immediate area.

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10-07-2002 05:48:01

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John W.

10-06-2002 22:53:29

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 Re: Styled vs. Unstyled in reply to Audie (AL.), 10-06-2002 22:06:47  
Audie; Styled tractors have rounded tanks and grill shells to make them more pleasing to the eye. Unstyled have squared off tanks, grill shells which gives them an ungainly appearence. Both are equally good machines, and, as the saying goes, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. John W.

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