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Brought another one back to life

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J Hamilton

07-03-2020 13:41:20




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Bought this 35 model C back in March from its deathbed in the corner of an old barn where it sat from what I was told for 40+ years. After several months and lots of parts it came back to life yesterday 7/2/20. It had a broken piston, broken exhaust valve, and a cracked head. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone I spoke with for information and parts to make it possible to bring another classic tractor back to life.


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casecollectorsc

07-04-2020 09:03:43




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to J Hamilton, 07-03-2020 13:41:20  
Did a 1930 C for a friend of mine in 2018. Sat in a salvage yard since 1958 when his Dad quit farming and asked the owner if he could park it there till he decided what to do with it. Engine was lightly stuck...honed it and used all the old parts.



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J Hamilton

07-04-2020 09:10:19




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to casecollectorsc, 07-04-2020 09:03:43  
Looks great!



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RonSa

07-04-2020 06:59:01




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to J Hamilton, 07-03-2020 13:41:20  
WOW Great find!! 40 years under roof with the exhaust covered!! I gather the engine was not stuck? How good is the cooling system?


According to Aumann Auctions of antique tractors, buyers are paying premiums for old tractors in their original work clothes and in good working condition. Your C looks like it would "fit the bill".


I am sentimental towards the C Case. :(see pic and video link below) I grew up driving dadís 38 C Case for about 12 years in east central Kansas. It was 11 years old when it came to dadís farm. Then, it always sat outside and lost its paint. Dad made a side panel to keep the mag dry. No matter how cold or wet, pull the choke and it would always start on the 3rd pull of the crank.


The serial tag says CC so a previous owner had modified it. It looks like a C except the tall fenders were lowered. The rear wheels were cut down and the gooseneck changed to a standard wide axle.

Sorry about the quality of the picture taken about 1960 but it looked pretty sad then. Dad was ready to junk the 25 year old C in 1963. However, my sentimental attachment pleaded to keep it. Without asking dadís permission, I parked it in a rear corner of dadís old cow shed. It sat there for another 20+ years. In the cow shed, the panel over the mag had a new functionókeep the cow poop off the mag. LOL


Then I hauled it, and the 2 bottom plow it pulled, 500 miles to my place in central Illinois and fixed it up to look like shown in the video taken mostly in the 90s.


It stayed in our family for about 55 years. Neither of my 2 kids have the means or the desire to keep it inside so a distant neighbor with a big barn now has it along with many other old Case tractors. Maybe the junk man will have to continue to wait for another 50 years!!!


Enjoy the video. It got a set of 4Ē Al pistons and sleeves about a 100 hours of use before being parked in dadís cow shed. My paint job covered the rust but turned out too light a color after it dried. OOPS.


Note: The date shown on the attached picture is the transfer date from Super 8 onto modern. See link for video.

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J Hamilton

07-04-2020 09:00:39




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to RonSa, 07-04-2020 06:59:01  
Engine was stuck, really really bad. Spark plugs were taken out at some point and left so it was full of mouse remains. I bought it sight unseen at an online auction.



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RonSa

07-04-2020 18:27:04




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to J Hamilton, 07-04-2020 09:00:39  
If you reused the pistons and sleeves, what process did you use to get the pistons loose? Nice find!!!



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J Hamilton

07-04-2020 20:46:05




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to RonSa, 07-04-2020 18:27:04  
I soaked the pistons in a mixture of diesel and transmission oil, then put a steel rod on the wrist pins and used a hydraulic jack to lift up on them and smacked the piston with a block of wood and a 3lb sledge and slowly but surely they started to move up and out. One piston already had the top broken off and luckily Don Livingston had one I was able to get. The sleeves were in very good shape and just needed honed.

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FastFarmall

07-03-2020 18:58:53




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to J Hamilton, 07-03-2020 13:41:20  
Hi, I think they would be the original rear tires, is that something how they resisted the cracking in 85 years !!



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J Hamilton

07-03-2020 20:05:32




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to FastFarmall, 07-03-2020 18:58:53  
It was originally on steel, someone had them cut down for rubber, but who knows when. They are in pretty good shape for the age and hard as a rock. They are a 14-24 tire.



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Tgrasher

07-03-2020 15:05:08




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to J Hamilton, 07-03-2020 13:41:20  
Thanks for saving some history. Are you going to leave it as is or paint it? Looks great like it is.



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J Hamilton

07-03-2020 16:14:37




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to Tgrasher, 07-03-2020 15:05:08  
I haven't decided yet. I'm trying to figure out if what little paint there is left on it is original or not. If it is original I'm going to leave it, if not I may paint it. Painted ones are beautiful but there's something about the rust patina that I like too.



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Hoofer B

07-03-2020 16:00:53




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to Tgrasher, 07-03-2020 15:05:08  
I would leave it as is. Bill



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Don Rudolph

07-03-2020 13:57:39




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to J Hamilton, 07-03-2020 13:41:20  
Good for you for saving that C! Don



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Jal-sd

07-03-2020 13:53:12




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to J Hamilton, 07-03-2020 13:41:20  
Except for the engine issues, that appears to be a good old C. There is a formula to determine the year from the serial #, but I don't remember what it was.



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Joe (Wa)

07-03-2020 20:49:11




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to Jal-sd, 07-03-2020 13:53:12  
The serial nrs were 6 digit up to sometime in 1937. The formula is 1st and 4th digit minus 3 equals the model year Year.

Starting Year Starting Serial Number 1929 300201 1930 300301 1931 300401 1932 300501 1933 300601 1934 300701 1935 300801 1936 300901 1937 301001 1938 4200001

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Joe (Wa)

07-03-2020 20:54:47




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to Joe (Wa), 07-03-2020 20:49:11  
I am beginning to really dislike this Classic View forum. The review section does not always represent what is written or what will be in the final post. That just started about 10 days or 2 weeks ago.

Joe



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J Hamilton

07-03-2020 13:55:31




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 Re: Brought another one back to life in reply to Jal-sd, 07-03-2020 13:53:12  
I couldn't believe how good the rear fenders are. Just a few small bends but about the best I've ever seen.



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