BEFORE & AFTER


| February 2003



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Case 200 utility tractor

A Case for all Seasons

Larry Stirtzinger of Dunnville, Ontario, proudly paraded his restored Case 200 utility tractor in the 2002 Santa Claus Parade in Dunnville, pulling the Girl Guides' prize-winning float. Yet, when he first set eyes on that Case, it was almost buried in a decades-old accumulation of debris. 'It took three hours just to get it out of the barn,' he recalls.

Larry spent the next three years on the tractor's restoration, transforming it into today's paradin' machine. Every part he used on the Case was new, but fit original specifications.

It's described in Case literature as a 'garden tractor,' he says, with a 126-cubic-inch engine rated at 26 hp on the draw bar and 30 on the belt. 'I'm looking for a pulley for it,' Larry adds.

The 200s were only made in 1958 and 1959, Larry says, and although his tractor's serial number tag is missing, he guesses it's a 1958. The tractor came from Welland, Ontario, which is about 30 minutes from Dunnville. 'It had a price on it,' Larry recalls. 'It was take it or leave it.'

The machine probably worked pretty hard in its day, likely doing orchard chores, Larry says. The hole in the drawbar had been stretched from circular to oblong as a consequence of heavy use, and the sheet metal was 'very rough' from being dinged repeatedly over the years, but the engine was good -'I haven't even opened it up,' Larry says.

Along with the tractor, Larry got a factory Case Eagle hitch drawbar, which goes on the 200's three-point hitch, above the other drawbar. Unlike that other drawbar, the Eagle-hitch drawbar remains in pretty good shape, and Larry says he's pleased to have it.