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Hey y'all,

First-time poster here. I think I'm in the right place, someone let me know if I'm not. I live on a 200+ acre cattle/row crop farm in Alabama, and we unfortunately had a hay fire occur last week. We managed to pull our late 70s or early 80s Case 580D Extendahoe out just in time and saved it from any serious mechanical damage besides some hoses and what I'm about to post pictures of. The instrument panel cluster, light switches, knobs (left of the cluster, not sure what they were for), and the back control lever cover were melted though. Getting mechanical parts for it has never been an issue where we are, but I am having a seriously tough time looking for these plastic parts for it, and was hoping someone here could help me out. I am somewhat inheriting the title of mechanic for it now, and want to learn as much as I can. Where or how can I determine the correct model year? Maybe that can help me search for these parts. If anyone could help that would be awesome. I apologize for the size of the pictures, I'll get that figured out. Thanks!
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Thanks guys for the warm welcome. I am away from the backhoe right now but I am going to try to get someone to locate the serial number. Also sent an email to machinery trader asking if they have parts or if I could send them these photos. Much appreciated!
 

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Sorry to hear about the hay fire! Did you loose the shed, or worse, lose some animals?
 

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Sorry to hear about the hay fire! Did you loose the shed, or worse, lose some animals?
No one was hurt thankfully. We lost a four-wheeler and a lawnmower but they weren't new by any means. Those and the 40x60 pole barn of course, which was fully stocked at the time of round bales. We really aren't sure what happened, but two or three of the firemen said that it looked like the fire started from the inside and moved up and out. Those bales had been in there right at about a month (Aug.-Sept.) though. Best we can figure, all that rain from Ida coming north got it wet or we had a leak in the roof and too much water got in and then cooked off in the next few hot days. We only had a wall on the Northern side to keep the northern wind and storms off.

When they got there, the roof had already caved in on top of the backhoe, they hopped in it with all the melting plastic and got it out with its own power and with our JD 4020 pulling it. Pulled half the structure down with it on top of the cab. Pretty wild stuff, I wasn't there but it sounded straight out of an action movie. It was a miracle it cranked right up (which it never does), and I later joked with my dad saying "I'm not surprised it cranked right up... it was already warm!" She wanted out man.
 
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