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WD45 Questions

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12-30-2002 15:59:18

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I am looking for a tractor for a friend and have stumbled across a WD45 that is for sale. I've been around N Fords but my experience with AC's dates back to my childhood. So...is there anything in particular that I need to look for if my friend is interested in this tractor? The general condition looked pretty good (I only looked at it in the dark with the lights of the pickup on it). Sheet metal was a bit rough but all there. It had a paint job that looked fair from 10' but was a little rough when you got close. Tires looked 70% or so all the way around. It was also equipped with a 3pt hitch. It was a gas engine.

Any pointers, help or thoughts are greatly appreciated!

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01-02-2003 15:38:10

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 Re: WD45 Questions in reply to MikeC, 12-30-2002 15:59:18  
I would look for if the motor burns oil or not. This would mean the motor needs to be overhauled. Check the transmission to see if it slips, or if the clutch is bad or not. Check to see if any seals are leaking underneath the front of the motor and in the back where the motor is bolted onto the rear end. If they do leak, this would mean that you would have to dissasemble the entire engine to replace these. These would be the main things I would look for.

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01-01-2003 21:12:45

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 Re: WD45 Questions in reply to MikeC, 12-30-2002 15:59:18  
In addition to what has already been said, when you run the engine listen to it closely "at idle". Drive the tractor in all gears at a slow idle. You can hear & feel a lot more things under slow engine conditions. My $0.02.

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01-01-2003 16:50:31

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 Re: WD45 Questions in reply to MikeC, 12-30-2002 15:59:18  
As with all AC tractors with a rubbber boot on the shift lever, if it isn't in good condition check the transmission for water. Pull a plug and see if water comes out, andhow much. Take it from there.

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12-31-2002 18:10:56

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 Re: WD45 Questions in reply to MikeC, 12-30-2002 15:59:18  
Just bought my first a couple of weeks ago. This is what I learned ... check block for welds or cracks, check oil for water, make sure hand clutch, foot clutch, pto and lift work, the three point hitch makes it more valuable if it is a good one and not just something cobbled together, check the shifter lever for play and run through all the gears ... my lever is out being rebuilt. Tires are a major expense on a tractor ... check rims too, is it converted to a 12 volt? steering tightness. I probably missed something, hope this helps. I guess price for tractor value is the major consideration.


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01-01-2003 15:32:50

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 Re: Re: WD45 Questions in reply to ksmith, 12-31-2002 18:10:56  
Thanks for the info!

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