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What is with the wheel color on WD models?

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Will Herring

08-23-2007 14:50:12

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Some of them are straight orange. Others are creme colored. Others are orange centers with silver trim. What's the deal? All the WDs (and 45s) that my family owns are straight orange wheels, except for one where we had to get a replacement rim for the right side of the tractor so they're white. Was this random, or what?
Also, I find that the straight shifters were much easier to use than the curved shifters. Or does it just happen that our WD straight shifted just happened to be a rarity?third party image

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J.C.in AZ.

08-24-2007 14:31:52

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 Re: What is with the wheel color on WD models? in reply to Will Herring, 08-23-2007 14:50:12  
Your replacemant Wheels/Rims are After Market and could be of any color.[Made in China??] WD/WD45's from the factory had Persian Orange Centers and Aluminum /Galvanized rims. Some Combine Rims,as the fronts are such as Tractor Pullers use are of solid off white color. Some AC self propelled Combines came with Solid Rims painted off white. Aqusition of Gleaner put an end to that practice. A real nice book on AC is " Allis-Chalmers Tractors" by C.H.Wendel. This Book show cases the extensive collections of AC Tractors and Equipment of Ivan Henderson and Larry and Edwin Karg and others and it should be in the Librarys of all AC Fanciers. I like AC very much. In my Farm Life I owned the following,1936 AC UC, AC G,AC C[we won't talk about that bad judgement] WD, WD45, WD45 D[won't talk about this bad judgement also], D15, D17 and 190 Gaser. I especially liked the D17 and the 190.JC

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David in Mo

08-24-2007 09:35:29

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 Re: What is with the wheel color on WD models? in reply to Will Herring, 08-23-2007 14:50:12  
I bought my WD from the original owner six years ago. It had the orange wheels/ silver rims on the back and white wheels on the front. I asked him about the front. He told me they were from the factory that way. I have no reason to doubt him.

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08-24-2007 12:29:47

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 Re: What is with the wheel color on WD models? in reply to David in Mo, 08-24-2007 09:35:29  
Feel free to doubt him. Cream front wheels came on the later D series- WD always had orange front centers, like the WD45. Check the original company advertisements rather than the books with 'restorations'- some of those pictured are really a joke when it comes to colors, decals, etc.

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08-23-2007 19:41:23

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 Re: What is with the wheel color on WD models? in reply to Will Herring, 08-23-2007 14:50:12  
prior to the D series tractors, the B,C, 45 all had orange front rims and galvanized rear rims on orange hubs. the D series were the first with cream wheels on the front. white is a standard aftermarket color for "multiple " vendors.

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08-23-2007 16:35:28

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 Re: What is with the wheel color on WD models? in reply to Will Herring, 08-23-2007 14:50:12  
WD's had straight shift levers until serial#127007 when the curved shift lever was introduced as a part of a new constant mesh transmission. The new one was supposedly easier to shift but I never found the old one all that hard to shift. Still have it and it still shifts fine. That's after about 15000 hours of use on a dairy farm. Plowing, discing, cultivating, haying, silage chopping, logging, snow plowing, manure hauling,etc.

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John (MO)

08-23-2007 14:55:09

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 Re: What is with the wheel color on WD models? in reply to Will Herring, 08-23-2007 14:50:12  
Wheel centers were orange, wheel rims were galvanized

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Bobby Rakestraw

09-23-2007 16:59:45

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 Re: What is with the wheel color on WD models? in reply to John (MO), 08-23-2007 14:55:09  
Do you know the paint number used on the rims?

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