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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:06 am    Post subject: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My father in law has got me hooked on tractors. He has a WC that belonged to his Dad, and a WD that he picked up recently. I had been looking at some 8n's, but I had given up on getting my own tractor. We had decided to restore his WC, and eventually the WD. That was the plan until I found my own 1950 WD! Now we have three Allis-Chalmers to restore.

Anyway, I have been telling everybody I come into contact with about our tractors, but I think I am starting to wear out all my friends and coworkers. I know that you folks will talk about tractors all day long. I am happy to be here.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:56 am    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Only 3 LOL, I have 10 times that many give or take one or two LOL. Be very careful tractors can become an addiction and then cost you big $$ down the road. It is called tractor fever and there is no cure for it. LOL
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:12 am    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My wife has already told me that I won't be getting any more tractors! Smile

I am a city boy, so this is a big learning curve for me. I may be the only person that has bought a WD without knowing how to start, or operate one. I know now though!
 


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:37 am    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I did not grow up on a farm. My dad was a preacher and collage prof. We moved a whole lot as a kid so I know where your coming from . But now I would be lost with out at least 7 tractors. You have to do hay so you need a mower tractor you need a rake tractor you need 2 baler tractors. One for square bales and the other for rounds and then a tractor to move to round bales. And then you need at least 2 back up tractor so if something goes wrong with one you have one to fall back on
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dad bought a new WD in early spring of 51 and I was bearly 7 years old. Little enough I could set on the tool box and brace one foot against where the seat bracket bolted on to the brake cover. I would ride there all day,day after day hanging on to the fender. Hey, no TV to watch.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:46 am    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

NEKS wrote:
(quoted from post at 18:02:25 10/08/12) Dad bought a new WD in early spring of 51 and I was bearly 7 years old. Little enough I could set on the tool box and brace one foot against where the seat bracket bolted on to the brake cover. I would ride there all day,day after day hanging on to the fender. Hey, no TV to watch.


My father in law was telling me much the same story about his WC and his Dad. When he got a little older they welded some extra width to the clutch pedal so he could run the plow. He was nine. Those were some different times.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:36 am    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Randy, you hit it right from the get go with tractors to get a WD. Probably one of the best tractors ever made, also very iconic for the classic tractor era. There is an awesome support network of people and places for working on these A-C models, it's like discovering new relatives and friends. I also started my tractor career reaching for the clutch on my Dad's WF in the early 60'ies. Wishing you all the best on your restoration but don't neglect your wife or family! As great as these tractors are we can't take them with us to heaven.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:24 pm    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If interested; get your family involved... Back in 1978, I bought a WD45 which I still have.. My oldest son was 1 1/2 years old at the time.. I will never forget that million dollar smile on his face when he sat on the seat of that old Allis.. This son borrowed my CA about a year and a half ago.. His sons like that tractor;;
youngest grandson's favorite color is orange.

My second son is now 31 years old.. A few years back, he came back from Seattle with his girlfriend... First thing he asks is "Hi dad, the Allis ready to go"?? Seattle city gal experienced her first time driving a couple old farm tractors..

Years back, My young boys were out in the tractor shed on a Sunday afternoon, and were accompanied by their two year old sister.. I walked in with a cam-corder and captured anouther million dollar moment: my daughter was sitting inside the steering wheel of the CA and rocking herself back and forth..

Needless to say, the first thing to be removed on both tractors was the pull rod for the starter.. I installed a cable lug on the starter, and added a solenoid and key start to both tractors---for obvious reasons!! I never leave a loader or three point equipment raised either.

You can watch out for your own kids, but bear in mind that visiting kids can be drawn to farm tractors like a magnet!! bear this in mind with that pull rod for the starter.. Oh ya,, if your tractor has one of those hinged seats that flip over sideways,, that is the second thing to remove...
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:44 pm    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Good to hear about your safety tips, some of this forethought can prevent tragedy of all sorts. It's very sobering to have brushed with a close call.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:59 pm    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

we got a '50 wd. great tractor! lots better than a ford (what a joke!). my grandfather added a piece of wood to a B that way my 8 year old brother could drive it while i drive the wd's and 45's and the 190 and 4520!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:46 pm    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I always loved tractors as a kid. Remember going out for rides with grandpa on his '53 WD. Now I've got 2 WDs of my own that I am trying to just keep running at this stage; not even do full restorations on them (though some day I will). Love the tractors. Not looking to get any more, but would enjoy probably a WC or an actual WD-45.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

the safest way to park a tractor when young kids are around is to put transmison in nuetral, lock the brakes, dad did this after one of my nephews started one of his tractors when it was still in gear.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:12 pm    Post subject: Re: 1950 WD Reply to specific post Reply with quote

this film is on a wd-45, as i could not find a good film on the wd.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYH3q9nJ-fc

but well worth the watch, they were great old tractors,
 
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