The Case Model CC Tractor

| 9/5/2017 1:07:00 PM

Tags: Case, Sam Moore, Looking Back,

Sam MooreAnother Case story for this 175th anniversary year of the founding of the J.I. Case Threshing Machine Company.

The International Harvester Company came out with a motorized 2-row cultivator about 1916. The machine wasn’t a success, but it began a long period of experimentation by IHC that led to the introduction of the Farmall in 1924. Generally acknowledged to be the first true row-crop tractor in America, the popularity of the revolutionary Farmall soon had other tractor manufacturers scrambling to build a row-crop tractor of their own.

At the time the Farmall came out, Case was still selling cross motor tractors, a design that was not only outdated, but totally incompatible with row-crop design. Case badly needed a new tractor and the 3 to 4-plow Model L, introduced in February of 1929, was an immediate success. At the same time as the Model L was being developed, Case was thinking about a smaller row-crop machine.

A smaller 2 to 3-plow version of the Model L, designated the Model C, was introduced to the public in August 1929, and this was to be the basis for Case’s row-crop tractor as well. A prototype was built with a single front wheel and rear wheels that slid in and out on the exposed rear axles. Dubbed the Model CC, the tractors were ready for testing in March, 1929.

There were problems. The front of the CC was light and would rare up during a hard pull. When the front came crashing back to the ground, the front gooseneck casting and the cast iron front wheels would often break. There were oiling and steering troubles as well. Finally, early in 1930, Case announced the new CC tractor.

The Models C and CC were powered by a 4-cylinder overhead valve engine with 3 7/8 by 5 1/2 inch bore and stroke, that turned 22.7 HP on the drawbar and nearly 29 on the belt. On steel wheels, the CC weighed about 3,600 pounds and had a 3-speed transmission with speeds of 2.63, 3.75 and 5.14 MPH.