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Looking for a WC Allis Chalmers

Looking for a WC Allis Chalmers
How many of you have read the books written by Roger Welsch about owning and restoring tractors? Well I have to this day read every one of his books, and thats where this is leading me to my current tractor I am restoring. After reading the stories of restoring an old WC tractor my fasination for an old Allis became strong. Its funny how life will sometimes lead you down the path of reaching your goals without you even knowing it. I had just purchased two lambs as pets for my daughters, and I needed to take them in and get their shots and since one lamb was a male, I needed to get him fixed. So off we go to our Country Vet. Old Doc Walker, he is such a nice vet, and he also likes tractors which is a plus. While he was giving he lambs their shots I asked him if he ever read any of Roger Welsch's books and he said he did, I told him I am kinda interested in finding an old WC and restoring it. Thats when Doc looked up at me and asked me 'Do you want the barrel tank type or the newer style?' I told him I was looking for the old barrel tank style that was hand start. Doc then tells me 'My dad has one at his farm in a shed, its been sitting there for the last 10 yrs, I don't even know if it will run'. Well opportunity hits so I ask him to check with his dad and see if he wants to sell the old Allis. . . . . . Time goes by, which is about a year and its time to take our cats in for shots. Doc is not in, but I find out that his Dad is not doing well and is in a Hospice, so I tell his secretary to tell Doc 'HI' but I don't even mention the tractor. So another 6 months goes by and I see Doc again this time its for our Dogs to get their annual shots. I tell Doc I am sorry about his father passing away. Doc starts to tell me about all the tractors his dad has on the farm, he has a total of 10 old tractors and Doc really doesn't want to keep all of the them. Thats when he asks me if I was still interested in the Old WC, and of course I am, so Doc tells me he needs to mow the weeds down around the sheds, and when he does he will give me a call and I can come out and see the old allis. So another month goes by and its summer time on a Saturday morning the phone rings. Its Doc, he asks me if I would like to meet him at his office and then we could head on over to see the WC. I said sure and told my wife I am off to look at a tractor, she just waves and says have fun. So I follow doc to the farm, its out of town about 20 miles on a windy gravel road. As we walk back amongst the buldings I start seeing the front ends and back ends of several old tractors, we keep walking back to an old weathered shed, and thats when I see the Old WC, she has two rotted front tires, and two flat back tires with weather cracks as wide as my finger. The old girl is covered in about 10 pounds of dust, however she looks like she is all there. The paint on her is good, just dull and aged. The hand crank is in the front of her so I give it a pull and the engine is stuck. Then I take the radiator cap off and my fear is that there is nothing but water in her, but instead she is full of antifreeze, oh thank goodness. Doc tells me that his dad use to have a cultivator for her and that was the tractors job for about 20yrs was cultivating the 80 acre farm, but the last 10 years the old girl has been sitting here in the shed. The darn shifter knob is the original brass knob, I am just shocked on how much of this tractor is still original. So Doc asks me 'What do you think she is worth?', I look at him, and ask him 'What do you want for her?', he smiles and says how about 200, and I smile and tell him 'You just sold a tractor'. The front tires are shot but the back tires take on air and blow up and stay up. Then I checked the brakes to make sure they are not frozen on, and they are not. So I tell Doc 'I am going back to town to get my trailer and will be back in about hour', he says that fine I have mowing I need to do. So I come back with the trailer and a winch to pull the WC on the trailer. Doc fires up his D17 and we go back and hook a chain on the old WC, as Doc pulls I get to ride in the seat of this old girl. Its a thrill just driving her not running. We get her loaded up, and stand in the shade of the barn to cool off alittle. I told Doc that this old tractor is going to be restored and added to my collection. I also told him she is going to run a cord buzzsaw to earn her keep around the place. He just smiles and tells me to have fun, and that someday he will come out and see the old WC when I am done with her. . . . . The first week I scrapped old grease and dirt off and let the cylinders soak with diesel fuel in them. . . . . Week two I had my brother come over and with the aide of the Ford tractor the old engine finally broke free with my brother pumping the clutch, we shot diesel all over the place, but we were both smiling. . . . . Week three I rebuilt the carb, installed new points, condensor, cap, rotor and plugs, and set the timing. Found out the gas tank had a split seam from water in the tank and freezing so had to wait another week to get that fixed. . . . . Week 4 gas tank fix. . . . . Week 5 The WC starts for the first time in 10yrs, and you should have seen all the rust come flying out of the manifold, the manifold blows out on the number one cylinder. . . . . Week 6 install a new intake/exhaust manifold. I had to make the studs by hand since I couldn't buy any at the local machine shop. . . . . Week 7 I put brand new front tires on the allis. . . . . Week 8 the old allis is running the cord Buzzsaw down by the woodpile and we cutup a pickup load of wood. I do have a problem with the linkage from the governor to the carb, but will be tearing that apart this spring and overhauling it. Right now the old girl is sitting under a tarp by the barn waiting for spring. I also need to replace seals on the axles and install some new gaskets for some little leaks. Hopefully by the end of Summer she will be sporting new back tires and a fresh paint job. I should mention this is tractor number 3 in my collection and is also the easiest starting tractor I own. I can turn the crank 1/2 turn and the allis is running. She is affectionately named 'Big Alice' and is a 1936 model. . . . . Once I have 'Alice' done I will be looking for my next restoration project, I have some ideas, and possibly will be an International H like what my granddad use to farm with will just have to wait and see what shows up and wants to come home with me. . . . . .

Scott Rong, from IA, entered 2003-02-18

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