Three great nominees battled it out for this "May 2017 Tractor of
the Month" and in the end, this beautiful 1944 Case SC came out on top.
Owned by Tractorforum Member Saele, who's been a member since December
2016, this fine example has been in the family pretty much since it was new.
Just a little history on these tractors, the Case S series tractor
production was first announced in 1940, and the first tractor in the series rolled
off of the assembly line just prior to the end of that year, as a 1941 model.
It was intended to be a direct competitor to the successful Farmall H. The standard model was called the Model S, and the row-crop model was
called the Model SC. The SC was offered with either the single wheel up front,
or the dual wheel tricycle front. The newly designed machine used a Case-built 153.9
Cu. In. 4 cylinder engine, had a 4-speed transmission and used Case's roller
chain drive to the rear axles. Even though the S series of tractor was popular,
it had a total production run of only 77,050 units, with 58991 being the SC. The
last SC rolled off the assembly line in 1954. The S series tractors were
replaced by the new 300 series tractors in mid 1954.
As Saele explains, this tractor has a lot of family history:
"We never asked Dad if he purchased this tractor
new or if it was one year old, now it is to late to ask him. It worked in the
field on our farm in ND up till about 1970 when we put a belly mower on it.
After that it was used mostly to mow the yard till about 1998 when it was too
weak to do much more. It went into storage until about 2014. I had retired and
now had time enough to restore it. Completed restoration June of 2015, the
engine got a complete restoration, had to replace the block as the back
cylinder hole had nothing left to hold the o-ring. I had purchased a junker SC
about 20 years prior and was able to salvage the block plus the rear
transmission gears that operated the lift as these gears had broke in half
during its hard life. I did the painting, not a perfect job but maybe as good
as what the tractor originally had. My brother had overhauled the engine as a
shop project while in High School back about 1958. The biggest mistake I made
was that I didn't check my oil pump and the tractor has low oil pressure. I am
now pulling the oil pan and will pull the pump and rebuild. This was a good
tractor back on the farm in the 50's and 60's, hauled a lot of hay and did a
lot of field work."
What a great tractor and superb restoration! Check out the Registry
entry, here at http://www.tractorforum.com/tractor-registry/dads-1944-sc-case-1780.html.
Congratulations Saele!! Good Job!