A Case of steam

restored case steam tractor

Somehow you just don’t expect to see a well restored Case steam tractor in a parking lot, but there it was in all its glory. I saw a similar tractor on the web that could be had for a paltry $29,500. No home is complete without one.

Old Case steam tractor

Getting a closer look at the cylinder, connecting rod and crankshaft.

New Orleans street musicians

Click on the musicians to see the full size picture and read the story that goes with it.

On the way to my mother-in-law’s birthday celebration a few days back, what to my wondering eyes should appear but a well restored Case steam powered tractor in a business parking lot in Benton, Arkansas. Since one does not encounter such a beast often, I did a walk-around to record the beast. I found no owners to regale me with facts, but a little web research leads me to believe it is a 75 horsepower tractor which the J. I. Case Company manufactured in the neighborhood of 1912. But don’t bet the farm on that conjecture.

This will be the second Weekly Grist in a row which makes no attempt to foist clever observations or considered opinions on you. This is just for fun and just for looking. And speaking of looking, take a look at some energetic New Orleans street musicians on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com shot in the Crescent City in 2007.

Here’s the tractor walk-around:

back view antique case steam tractor

Here’s a good look at the control room. The originals did not have a seat, but had a more ornate arrangement than what you see here.

Back of antique case steam tractor

Leaning to the left the driver has to look over a steam cylinder, Looking to the right, one must peer around the flywheel. Maybe a periscope would be handy?

left side of antique case steam tractor

The conglomeration behind the smoke stake is the steam cylinder, the part that makes it go and sound like a choo-choo.

Close of of cylinder on steam tractor

A closer look at the cylinder and the engine goodies.

front view of antique case steam tractor

A parting frontal view. I wish the utility pole in the background was not there, but then this shot is not destined for museum showing so I guess it is OK.

Parting shot

The are thousands of acres of winter wheat here in LA that is near harvest ripeness. Late in the afternoon last week this patch caught my eye, the sun was just about to dip below the treeline nearby, so this is a good as it was going to get. “And now as the sun sinks slowly in the west, I bid you adieu.”

The sun is nearly gone. As its swansong for the day, it back lights this winter wheat on Grider Field - Ladd Road near Pine Bluff AR.

The sun is nearly gone. As its swansong for the day, the golden orb back-lights this winter wheat on Grider Field – Ladd Road near Pine Bluff AR.

Joe Dempsey

Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind.


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