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JT Britt
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:53 pm    Post subject: Case 446 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just watched one of my favorite television programs and they highlighted a Case 446 "Spirit of 76" that i had never seen before.WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MACHINE.Never have been around any Case gardens tractors and this just blew my mind.What an awesome looking well built machine.I appreciate how well things were built and the styling in the years past in comparison to today,really no comparison to speak of.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:35 am    Post subject: Re: Case 446 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I believe that you are referring to the Spirit currently owned by collector Steve Guider from Ohio. Steve purchased that tractor from Hem Krueger, another well-known collector of Case and Colt garden tractors.

The community is divided over the true number of Spirit tractors that Case had prepared for the 1976 4th of July parade in Racine, Wisconsin but at least 4 are known to survive. All of them were 1976 Case 446 garden tractors with 16 HP Onan twin cylinder engines.

Since that time, the design of the tractors varied little. Case sold the division responsible for outdoor power equipment to Jack Ingersoll in late 1983 and the name was changed from Case to Ingersoll. It was then sold to the Rothenberger Group from Germany and then sold again to Eastman Industries in Portland, Maine where it remains today.

Currently it is still possible to purchase an Ingersoll tractor that continues to make the frames and decks from structural steel that is welded together instead of stamped out in a press. The fenders and hood are steel instead of a plastic of some kind. The tried and true patented hydraulic drive that was designed in 1962 continues to propel the tractor itself as well as many attachments.

Many people think that "They don't make 'em like that anymore." and they would be wrong when it comes to these tractors. If anything, they continued to be made better and better over the past 50 years.

Unfortunately, garden tractors are going the way of the dinosaur. The number of American companies that still produce a true garden tractor can easily be counted using just one hand. The once proud names such as Oliver, Wheel Horse, Bolens, Ford, Cub Cadet, Minneapolis-Moline, White and many others have fallen by the wayside as the market for garden tractors continued to shrink.

Deere makes but one line of GT's. Simplicity offers just two models of garden tractors. Ingersoll ....as a brand, is all but dead. But thanks to the growing interest in collecting, preserving and showing garden and lawn tractors, examples such as Steve's Spirit of 76 will live on for people to see.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:24 am    Post subject: Re: Case 446 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Can someone post a picture of this machine? I have an Ingersoll 224 That I just love. What a mowin beast! Jeffcat
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:44 am    Post subject: Re: Case 446 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The black ones a lack night, the red white and blue is a spirit of 76. And yes they actually made the tractor like that also.


 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Case 446 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Good gravey .....it looks like a parade float pulling rig! Some of the "Spirit" paint jobs on locomotives, fire trucks, trucks, fire plugs, sides of buildings, etc. etc. looked prety good. Also some of them were just so gaudey. Well we will not see it again till around 2076 or something. Thanks for showing us the photo, I realy like the banner red paint job on my Ingersol. Jeffcat
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: Case 446 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Tom Arnold wrote:
(quoted from post at 14:35:31 11/28/13)

Unfortunately, garden tractors are going the way of the dinosaur. The number of American companies that still produce a true garden tractor can easily be counted using just one hand. The once proud names such as Oliver, Wheel Horse, Bolens, Ford, Cub Cadet, Minneapolis-Moline, White and many others have fallen by the wayside as the market for garden tractors continued to shrink.

Deere makes but one line of GT's. Simplicity offers just two models of garden tractors. Ingersoll ....as a brand, is all but dead. But thanks to the growing interest in collecting, preserving and showing garden and lawn tractors, examples such as Steve's Spirit of 76 will live on for people to see.


So true... even on the lawn tractors it seems like it's either a push mower or a zero turn, not much in between, that's different at least. Lots of MTD made ones that are all the same under the paint color. Seems to me that fewer folks are putting in big gardens and perhaps fewer even mowing their own lawn. I see lots of lawn maintenance companies on their professional walk behinds or zero turns doing yards. I've even thought about calling one on occasions when I had so many other things going that I couldn't get to it. Being small, the GTs do seem to be a hot area for collectors vs. the full size tractors. I've sort of caught the bug a bit myself, the MIL gave me a Cub Cadet 86 that I'm going to get running, then maybe look for another project GT (as if I need one!).
 
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