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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:12 pm    Post subject: What model is it? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi everyone,
I'm new to the vintage tractor game. I was just given what I believe to be a 1945 case. The ID plate on the dash reads VAO 493371 3. The serial no. on the engine reads VAC 124-30499. So, two questions; is it a model VAO or VAC. and is it actually a 1945. ( year is determined by the first two digits on dash plate minus 4, correct?) It does not have all of the extra sheet metal that the orchard model would have had nor does it look like any was ever there. Did they make an orchard model without the sheet metal farings. I guess that's 3 questions. I appreciate any one out there who can enlighten me.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:35 pm    Post subject: Re: What model is it? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Congrat's on the VAO, Yes it is indeed a VAO, Yes they did build a lot of them without the optional orchard tin work, and yes it is a 1945 model
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:35 pm    Post subject: Re: What model is it? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

JB,

You have a VA Orchard model or VAO. It is a 1945 and most came w/o any orchard tin, except for the big fenders. Some that had orchard tin discarded it because of operator discomfort or difficulty changing tires. Around this orchard area people were just to thrifty to get anything that would cost extra. Don
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:41 pm    Post subject: Re: What model is it? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Didn't mean to rain on your parade Tom. Looks like you were 14 seconds faster than me. LOL Don
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:34 am    Post subject: Re: What model is it? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No worries Don,, I said a VAO as that is what he said the serial plate is stamped, as you know the VA and VAO are setup a bit different on the operators station but are the same basic machine inside, thanks for the comment
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:09 am    Post subject: Re: What model is it? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks to both of you for responding so quickly. I'm sure I will be a frequent visitor here as I move forward with this project. The engine is seized, cylinders full of water. But it looks like, from the little bit of research I've done so far, that I can still get all of the engine parts to get it going again. Sleeves, pistons, etc. She's suffering from overall neglect so I'm not sure if it's worth a total restoration. Any idea what it is worth A) as it sits, badly weathered and seized. B)badly weathered, running with a fresh engine rebuild. and C) fully restored. I know everyone will have a different opinion on this and everything is worth whatever you can get someone to pay you for it. I'm just looking for ballpark figures to know if it is worth putting a lot of time and money into. I'm a mechanic by trade, so I would be doing all of the work myself, except machining.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:32 am    Post subject: Re: What model is it? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have to say with a full engine rebuild you will have some coin in it and many times you will put more into it than it may bring at auction, but you will be able to use that machine with few if any repairs for the rest of your life if you put it in good shape. I have had this VA for over 30 years now, I made the mistake of selling it once in the 90's, took me about 20 years to find it and buy it back, it will never again leave the farm as long as I am here, they are great workhorses and very tough and dependable, I hope you chose to go ahead and put her back to running condition and put her to work again, for me this is one of my most used utility tractors on the farm
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:43 am    Post subject: Re: What model is it? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Link to on-line VA operators manual for tractors built prior to 1949.

Joe
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article 1443&context tractormuseumlit

 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:55 am    Post subject: Re: What model is it? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks, that's just the pep talk I needed.I love old iron, in whatever form it takes. There's just something about this tractor that has captured my imagination. I'll take it one step at a time and see what happens. I live in snow country in Northern California, the tractor came with a snow blade and a "Dyna-Myte" hydraulic pump and motor unit, so I will probably use it to push some snow among other things. I imagine chained up it'll push pretty good. Thanks for the picture, very inspirational and a classic American scene you don't see much anymore.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:25 pm    Post subject: Re: What model is it? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They will move a Lot of snow,, I use a 8' wide one behind mine, I always wanted a push blade for mine but never took te time to build one, chained up they would move mountains of snow , mine will walk through and back out of snow going over the front axle lol, these are pics i had handy Glad you are going to fix her
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