Letters to the Editor

Case SC back in the barn


| October 2007



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I am sending "before and after" restoration photos of my 1952 Case SC tractor from the Buckeye state - Ohio. My dad, Frank Gutridge, bought this tractor new with a set of 2-bottom plows when I was 10 years old. You might say I grew up on this tractor and plowed many acres with it over the years. My dad died in 1967 and we had to sell the farm equipment. My uncle, Fred Osburn, bought the tractor around 1968 or 1969. I bought a 1958 Case 300 and the 2-bottom plows from the farm to use on my 7-acre spread and went into the electrical trade, but never forgot my favorite tractor.

My wife and I joined the Old Steam and Gas Club a couple of years ago and I started pulling a Case 400 tractor, but the SC was still in the back of my mind. I asked relatives if they had any idea what had become of my dad's SC and discovered that my first cousin had it stored in her barn. It had not run for two years, but she didn't want it to get out of the family. I told her I would like to restore it to its original state. Lo and behold, when I went to get the tractor, she gave it to me and said her dad, Fred, would be happy to know that it was taken care of.

We pulled the tractor into the barn on June 6, and drove it out on July 4, fully restored. My wife and I, along with our daughter and her family, spent many late nights cleaning, sanding and painting that tractor so I could drive it in the local parade on Independence Day.

We are starting to restore a 1948 Case VAC now. It is identical to the one my dad had on the farm, but unlike the Case SC is not the original one. I also plan to restore the original 2-bottom plows.

- Joe Gutridge
7491 Poplar Forks
Road S.E.
Newark, OH 43055