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Case 401 Review



Overall Rating:
rating
 4.00
Build Quality:
4
Features:
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3
Performance:
rating
5
Value:
rating
5
Reliability:
rating
3


Found In A Creek Bed Posted by Bob Warren on 06/02/2011

My 1957 Case 401 Super Diesel was first seen laying on its left side in a dry wash about half a mile from property I purchased in 1995. After a year there, the owner finally moved it up near his barn. I bought it for $1500 in "as is" condition, having been told it needed a little work to get it started.

Turns out it needed an in-frame rebuild, since number 2 cylinder had broken off up inside the water jacket, but after the rebuild and some reassembly of the injection pump ( previous owner was no mechanic and has used about 12 cans of ether trying to start it after it fell off the jack while changing a tire), it sprang to life and has been a good running tractor ever since.

I did rewire all the corroded electrics, rebuilt the manual brakes (left side completely rusted), replaced the generator with a new one wire alternator and fixed a small leak in the radiator.

It is used in the firewood yard, grading the roads, snow removal, and was even put to use grading a 2 acre yard for the firewood trucks to use to unload. It is a very workable old beast, and though sometimes temperamental in really cold weather, it is my favorite unit to use when I need to get out and move dirt or plow snow.

ITEM INFORMATION
Model year: 1957 Date Purchased: 05/15/1997 Number of Hours:
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Pros: Simple to work on. Rugged and easy to operate. Cons: A padded seat and a cab would be nice sometimes. Type of User: Commercial Landscape Location: United States Colorado I also considered buying:
REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
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