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Road Trip Turned Ugly

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caseman-d

10-12-2009 14:02:24




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Sorry for an outdated post which happened back on Sept 30 or to those that think this post should be placed elsewhere. Some may have seen or heard about an auction near Makoti ND. Was a big collection and variety of models of older antique tractors. Normally with auction being so far away I call in a bid. This time I decided to make a road trip and see what the tractors actually looked like. Was a 340 mile drive to the sale.

There were several older case tractors, a 57 610 LP, 52 D with clam shell fenders, old case D with chrome strips (thinking maybe a 39 at time), LA, C, cross motor 18-32, and a few others. I had went up to try to buy the 610 LP.

Was a nice looking tractor but had some drawbacks for me. Pictured below.

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I ended up being second bidder on this one. Some of the other case tractors sold at what I thought was on the low side. I decided that if I was going to buy another tractor it would be some thing I didn't have. So far all I bought was some odds and ends.

Last tractor to sell was a Case Model C which I wasn't to interested in but the bidding started low and I couldn't pass on (I didn't have a running C yet). They said it ran good and seemed to be a good tractor so I ended up buying it,

Turns out that wasn't such a good deal. People were busy loading other tractors and said that they would put me on the list to have the C pulled on. Was visiting with a relative and he said the tractor should run. I knew the tractor never had coolant in the radiator but thought we could start it, drive it on, shut it off in no time. Normally I like to drive a tractor around to get the feel of things, but driven and loaded many case tractors in the past I thought in less than 60 seconds the tractor would be loaded.
This is when things turned ugly. I put tractor in low gear (?), drove onto to the trailer, tractor failed to stop, ran into some tires I bought, climbed the tires and veered to right side of trailer. I realized things were going to get ugly as the tractor started to fall off the trailer. At this point I decided to bail off. This is what I seen as I was pulling myself away from the tractor.

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By this time pained had entered my legs as people came to make sure every thing was alright. People joked as they said the tractor didn't look all that bad. After several minutes I was able to pull myself up along the trailer using it for support. After several request to call 911 I attempted to walk the knee pain away. They realized from my face expression I wasn't going anywhere. So I got a ride to the Minot ND Trinity Hospital.

What seemed like a lot of fussing over other parts of my body, switching from ambulance bed to hospital bed did they give me some pain medication and sent me to x-ray. Turned out I had a left tibiall plateau fracture. Make long story short Had to have surgery on leg, have a plate, several screws, lots of stitches and unable to put any pressure on leg for 8 weeks.
Moral of all this is no matter how many tractors or other things you have loaded make sure you know the tractor before loading. I do not know what happened, have been rolling it around in my head for weeks what went wrong. Pictures below may be graphic so take caution when looking.

Me after surgery and about ready to come home.

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Now the ugly pictures.

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So people out there be careful. Not sure how many of you can afford to be off for 2-3 months and keep what you have. I know I am not. So next few months I will have to have lots faith in the good Lord, insurance company, employer, friends and family.

caseman-d

PS For those of you that were at the auction , yes I'm the person that did it.

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Ande

10-16-2009 15:54:41




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
Caseman-d,as others have mentioned glad your still here and didnt get pinned under the "C".Darn easy to make mistakes when in a hurry,I know from experience.
But come back to North Dakota again! Maybe over here on the east side!



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caseman-d

10-13-2009 20:10:23




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
[quote="Duthchman"](reply to post at 19:51:25 10/13/09) [/quot

Dutchman,
Thanks for the offer but we made the deal before the accident. You treated me very nice last year. On another matter it didn't take auction company long to cash my check lol Leg hurt bad today but seems to feel good now for awhile. Thanks for the support.

caseman-d



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Duthchman

10-13-2009 19:51:25




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
Caseman, I'm sure glad you made it .. it could of been a lot worse like many have said ... Now I know why you were in the hospital when your calendars came ... if I would of know you would have got them FREE ... TAKE CARE and BE CAREFULLY.. Mark



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Gene Dotson

10-13-2009 18:01:55




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
Bad time to realize the C clutch works backward from the S,D and LA tractors. I bought a C and drove it around a little. Still when I drove it on the trailer, I wanted to pull it back to stop. Fortunately I have gotten in the habit of not fully engaging the clutch when loading. When it didn't whoa where I thought it should, I just let go and sure enough the lever went forward and the tractor stopped.... Gene

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Jeff From WI.

10-13-2009 15:19:13




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
caseman_d
Are thoughts and Prayers are with you. Good to hear your still with us. Get well soon and thanks for the sad story. Jeff



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Dave Olson

10-13-2009 12:21:46




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
Caseman-d,

Now that you are recovering, do you know why/what happen to cause the tractor not to stop!

All three of my Cases have hand clutches. The L and CC will apply the brake on the belt pulley when the clutch handle is pushed forward.

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The C however will not engage the brake when the clutch lever is pushed forward. Instead it re-engages the transmission so that the tractor moves again when you are expecting it to stop!

Any chance this happen to you?

Sure glad your going to be Ok!

Dave Olson - East-Central Illinois

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jheitkemper

10-13-2009 20:06:47




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to Dave Olson, 10-13-2009 12:21:46  
I like CASE , Got Over a dozen OK ,, BUT the modern world would GO sue CRAZY over that engineering blunder on the early cc, .And , What about the TOTALLY DIFFERENT shift patterns on SC and DC, and The hand clutch left on DC and right on SC in the mid -forties , It is a wonder Case survived because they Seemed to be determined to Kill -Off their best customers , and therefore no repeat buyers..LOL.

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caseman-d

10-13-2009 20:20:31




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to jheitkemper, 10-13-2009 20:06:47  
I have had what could have been bad with my S. Went to put it away one year and when I went to stop I kept reaching to my right for clutch. Had plenty of room so I remembered the clutch handle on lh side. I also had a DC that had a lh clutch and operated opposite of my others.
Thanks for reply

caseman-d



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Don Rudolph

10-13-2009 18:32:52




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to Dave Olson, 10-13-2009 12:21:46  
Dave,

My C does exactly the same thing. Have never had it apart to try to figure out what makes that happen though. Don



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caseman-d

10-13-2009 15:56:38




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to Dave Olson, 10-13-2009 12:21:46  
Dave not sure what didn't happen. That is one reason I kick myself for not driving it more before loading to get the feel. I do know next time it's driven it will be in a wide open area.

thanks

caseman-d



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Don Rudolph

10-13-2009 11:36:00




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
Caseman-d,

Sorry to hear of the accident. It can and does happen so quickly, you were fortunate to get off in time. Hope you heal up as good as new. Don



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bradley martin

10-13-2009 08:09:22




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
You are 1 lucky man! I had an acquaintence killed in a similar mishap loading an IHC C. It happens in the blink of an eye. Thanks for sharing your story and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.



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caseman-d

10-13-2009 07:50:40




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
[quote="caseman-d"](reply to post at 14:02:24 10/12/09) [/quote

Thanks for all the kind replies. Yes it is better to be able to write about it than to have someone reading over me. Thanks again everyone.

caseman-d



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Joe Young

10-13-2009 05:28:30




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
Dang....that could have been a lot worse. I hope your recovery is a quick and complete one. Thanks for posting and reminding us to be careful out there...

BTY - Nice looking 600



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INCase

10-13-2009 04:34:27




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
Be careful out there. Seems like a lot of tractor/farm accidents this year. Indiana's # of farm deaths is up for 2009 and we're just getting into harvest season (late).



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rbradk

10-13-2009 03:32:54




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
Every morning, before the kids get up and the school rush starts I get a cup of coffee and read the entire case forum during the quiet time. I have learned so much by reading every post by all you gentlemen. I have always had confidence in my mechanical abilities and when "stuck" have asked for advice here, and received the best advice thoughtfully delivered and with good cheer. This post is the most important lesson I have learned to date. You have prevented this from happening to at least one other person. Heal well. A little heat, hammer and dollies will fix the rest. On the downside however....you will be subjected to being "felt up" constantly by the airport screeners from this point forward. My suggestion would be to pick the line with a cute one. Thank you for posting this and I hope your recovery is smooth.
Best, Brad Kocka

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charley hellickson

10-12-2009 21:04:38




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
Welcome back Caseman D. Glad you are as good as you are.Your eyes are open. In my hospital pictures I am laid flat out in a coma.
Charley Hellickson.



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toolz

10-12-2009 20:40:13




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
Sounds like a nasty break, but as they say "coulda been worse". Glad to see you'll be up and kickin again soon. My 900B gave me a scare in a similar situation- got it up on the trailer fine, but a brake locked up on the way off the trailer (didn't touch the pedal) and darn near knocked me and the tractor off the side. Closest I ever came to ending myself with a tractor. Scared me so bad I let it sit overnight and winched it back on the next morning. Needless to say, the brakes got an overhaul. Learned a lot of lessons that day that may save me in the future. Good luck with the recovery- you and the tractor.

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LenND

10-12-2009 18:35:15




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
I hope you needed a vacation. lol Sorry to say your trip to N D was so bad. Did you get the tractor for a reasonable price. That guy that was selling those is one of the old timers that runs the Makoti Threshing show. Len



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Alan Golden

10-12-2009 18:34:14




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
Damage to the tractor can be repaired. Thank the good Lord that you will be around to make those repairs. As many times as I've loaded tractors and other equipment on trailers I am still wary about it. I've been lucky to not have any mishaps and hope it stays that way. This should serve as a reminder warning to us all.



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Tom Railsback

10-12-2009 17:46:02




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
That is worse than what happened to me on Sept. 12. I locked myself out of the house that morning and the neighbors with my spare key were gone so I thought I'd take a drive on my VC. Everything went well until I started back over the curb into my yard. I had shifted into low as I had had trouble with the foot clutch previously. The front end went up fine but when I went to ease the back up, the clutch grabbed, my foot came off it, and I went off the back of the tractor and landed on the lawn.
Other than a broken wrist and minor damage to the hood, I'm fine. I could have hit the sidewalk but I was lucky in that respect.

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dboll

10-12-2009 17:28:11




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
I talked to Brian and Beverly at the SD hand corn picking contest and they told me about your mishap. Iron can be fixed. As bad as your injuries are some are less fortunate in similar situations and don't get a second chance. Ten year old Vandervliet boy that lives a mile east of Kathy's home place on Earl Schmidt's old farm rolled an A JD this summer, it ended upside down, he never got a scratch, I told him the Lord gave him a free lesson and to learn from it. I never am comfortable loading/unloading tractors and I have done it a thousand times. Hope you get well soon. We hope to get to Sturgis in 09. Sorry for not responding on your 730 problem. I was fighting the flu, with 101 temp, suppose it was that h1n1 crap.

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g mccool

10-12-2009 15:38:22




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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry that happened. Things happen so quickly. Good luck getting back to your health. I will be thinking about you. Gerald McCool



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Dr Livingston

10-12-2009 15:12:39




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 Re: Road Trip Turned Ugly in reply to caseman-d, 10-12-2009 14:02:24  
The Doctor will see you now......... Sorry to hear of the mishap. At least "you" speak of the tale, could have been the other way around. Did my share of leg crunchin myself 10 years ago ya know. Makes me wonder if the C has a crazy clutch like like mine...grabs good,,,,,but hell to release. a real eye opener the first time......O YEA. Darn the bad luck! Anyday above ground,is a good day Doctor Don says !!! Take Care Now!! I will call some time soon.
signed like a Doctor
&@_ !!^(%^@$#% MD

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Thad

10-12-2009 14:19:55




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Just glad to see you are here to talk about it. Things can happen so quickly so thanks for posting as a reminder to be carefull. Thad



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