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VAO info needed

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John Rokke

07-04-2007 04:24:38

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I just got a low profile VAO hauled from Sonora, CA, to Waseca, MN last week. I had only seen the tractor one time, 26 years ago, when we visited my wife's uncle. I liked the tractor and he said he'd give me a chance to buy it. Well, Ed died this winter and, sure enough, his wife called and offered me his tractor. I got it last week and it runs! But, I need a few things, such as a seat, seat mounting assembly, gear shift, and a grill. Can someone please point me in the direction of these parts? I don't imagine there will be many VAO's in a midwest boneyard. Does the grill fit off a VAC? I am eagerly waiting for some replies, it is such a neat little tractor and is very fun to drive.

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Kris G

07-05-2007 20:30:42

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 Re: VAO info needed in reply to John Rokke, 07-04-2007 04:24:38  
Congrats onthe VAO! I have VAO5267837. There were 1547 Vao's made in 1948. I had to purchase a VAC grille and modify it for
the wide front. That was a very simple modification, it is not easy to find a good grille for those. The grille is too far out front and always gets damaged. The seat would be realitively easy to make as well, but you would need a pattern. There is really not a "seat mounting assembly" as the seat bolts directly to the top of the tranny. As I understand the seat bottom was made of a pneumatic bladder. More air would make it more firm. I just made a foam ruber pad for mine and upholestered it with black vynal. Does your tractor have the optional orchard tinwork? Most do not. I have not been able to find numbers on how many had the "crown fenders" Mine had the fenders but was missing all other orchard tin so I had to make it from scratch. I live in northern Missouri and my VAO has been here since it was new. There used to be a lot of orchards around here. Good Luck!!

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C. Amick

07-05-2007 09:02:27

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 Re: VAO info needed in reply to John Rokke, 07-04-2007 04:24:38  
Try Austin Farm Salvage (660-679-4080). They specialize in VA Series parts.

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Jim McVay

07-04-2007 09:53:02

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 Re: VAO info needed in reply to John Rokke, 07-04-2007 04:24:38  
I should have a gear shifter I will just have to find it. It is off of a 1946 VAO.

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John Rokke

07-04-2007 14:10:17

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 Re: VAO info needed in reply to Jim McVay, 07-04-2007 09:53:02  
Thanks for the replies. My serial # is 52576xx. which should make it a 1948 model. Yes, I need the seat and the seat mounting assembly. The gear shift had been cut off and re-welded so the shifter is sticking straight up in the air, instead of being angled to the right. Let me know if you find the gear shift.

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Jim McVay

07-04-2007 19:20:42

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 Re: VAO info needed in reply to John Rokke, 07-04-2007 14:10:17  
I found the gearshifter in the VAO transmission. I makes two bends to the right. Do you want just the shifter or the entire cover. $30 for the shifter and $55 for the entire cover.

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John Rokke

07-07-2007 04:29:38

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 Re: VAO info needed in reply to Jim McVay, 07-04-2007 19:20:42  
Jim, I will take the shifter with the cover. Email me as to how you want payment.

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wheat straw

07-04-2007 07:24:24

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 Re: VAO info needed in reply to John Rokke, 07-04-2007 04:24:38  

Congrats on a fine little tractor. Seat parts and gear shift are unique to the vao. Good grills are kinda hard to find for any of them. I think they are the same as the va and vai. However, the early vac (rowcrop) will be diffirent In that the steering drag link goes under a cut out on the grill. Is it an early or late year model. I'll look up a couple sources later and post them. They may not have vao parts however. Post the full serial # and that will let someone help you better. Is the seat and gear shift missing or just in poor condition.

Wheat Straw

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