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'51 AC WD?

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08-20-2003 16:49:20

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Most of my friends and co-workers know I collect old iron ( mainly ford and IH ).. but one called tonight and mentioned seeing a 51 A/C WD...

I don't know a thing about this model.. anyone got any info for me? # of cyls?
magneto or regular ignition
trike or regular... row crop, high crop? etc, etc

Opinions on this model?

( he mentioned it had what looked like an aftermarket 3pth )

Thanks for any info you can provide!


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08-21-2003 11:28:14

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 Re: '51 AC WD? in reply to souNdguy, 08-20-2003 16:49:20  
Cool info guys. I go to see it tomorrow am.. armed with info!

thanks, and keep it coming!


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08-21-2003 10:48:11

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 Re: '51 AC WD? in reply to souNdguy, 08-20-2003 16:49:20  
I think they are a very easy tractor to work compared to some other makes. Parts are readily available and priced fair, both new and used. Lots of aftermarket parts available too. I really like how the hydrulic's and pto are seperate compared to my 9n. You can raise your hitch without having the pto turning which is a brush hog.

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08-21-2003 06:09:30

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 Re: '51 AC WD? in reply to souNdguy, 08-20-2003 16:49:20  
WD's have a foot clutch, AND a Hand clutch.....!!

Pound for pound about the most powerful tractor of it's day--( except for the later WD-45)..!!

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08-20-2003 18:53:21

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 Re: '51 AC WD? in reply to souNdguy, 08-20-2003 16:49:20  
Four cylinder engine I think around 38 hp power I am not sure exactly. a magneto but could be fitted with a distributer if not already. It would be a row crop, and yes the three point would be aftermarket. I grew up on one it is still around and I own one that I bale with. In my opinion an exellent tractor many are still going strong after more than fifty years. Taht is my two cents worth on the subject.

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08-20-2003 16:56:46

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 Re: '51 AC WD? in reply to souNdguy, 08-20-2003 16:49:20  
As a followup.. I'll also need to know the weight. I have a 16' tandem axle trailer.. should carry a 4k tractor...anyone with ideas as to weight of these critters?



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08-25-2003 15:48:44

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 Re: Re: '51 AC WD? in reply to souNdguy, 08-20-2003 16:56:46  
I still use a '49 WD my grandad and dad kept running. Dad also had D-17, D-19 and 4070 when he left us last year. All still running well. My '49 WD has factory three point hitch as did the other four we owned in the early 50's. My manual indicates 40 hp, but doesn't tell how measured.

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Dave ___ MI

08-20-2003 19:04:32

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 Re: Re: '51 AC WD? in reply to souNdguy, 08-20-2003 16:56:46  
Around 3500# if the tires are not loaded. I agree with previous post that it was & is a very good tractor.

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Mark in MN

08-20-2003 19:57:52

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 Re: Re: Re: '51 AC WD? in reply to Dave ___ MI, 08-20-2003 19:04:32  
GREAT tractors...could be a WF as many were made. Has a hand clutch which provides live power. After you use it, you may find it to be your favorite. Will out pull anything of the same vintage. Enjoy

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08-21-2003 05:03:04

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: '51 AC WD? in reply to Mark in MN, 08-20-2003 19:57:52  
Are you saying that the pto is 'live' and is operated by a hand clutch, or that the whole unit is hand clutched ( instead of foot clutched )?



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willie j

08-21-2003 06:11:18

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: '51 AC WD? in reply to souNdguy, 08-21-2003 05:03:04  
Two seperate clutches on a WD. Foot clutch stops everything. Hand clutch stops the wheels, but leaves the PTO & hyd spinning. Hand clutch runs in oil, you can slip it all day without hurting anything. Very handy for heavy PTO work like baling, combining, or chopping. Takes a little to get used to it. Not recommended to use hand clutch for shifting, but after the oil warms up it can be done.
Willie J

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Scott in VA

08-21-2003 07:21:25

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: '51 AC WD? in reply to willie j, 08-21-2003 06:11:18  
Yeah, I do shift mine without using the foot clutch.

I've owned mine for just at one year now, and I think that the hand clutch is outstanding. It will engage smooth as silk and yes you can slip the thing like crazy. It can operate with as much precision and control as a hydrostatic drive, which probably few tractors of that decade (my opinion) can match.

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