1955 Allis-Chalmers WD-45 Diesel
Allis-Chalmers followed the trend to diesel energy in October of 1954 if they introduced the WD-45 diesel tractor. The WD line started in 1948 and, with significant upgrades, transformed into the WD-45 range late within 1953. It started with gasoline-, distillate-, and LPG-fueled engines past due in 1953 and, about a yr later, the diesels followed.
Allis-Chalmers obtained the Buda Engine Company within November of 1953. Buda experienced many diesel engines in creation at the time, and Allis-Chalmers chose the Buda-Lanova 6BD-230 for the WD-45. This motor was part of a family that came from toward the end of World War II. The very first ag versions debuted in 1946 Cockshutt tractors. They had a wet-sleeved 3. 44-inch bore and a four. 12-inch, seven main-bearing stroke. Buda had licensed the Lanova combustable system in 1934 after getting used a MAN system. The 6BD-230 was considerably downsized compared to the previously 6DT-278 it replaced.
The WD-45 diesel powered began production in October associated with 1954 with a starting serial variety of 181341. By then, the WD-45 system was well proven. The diesel powered variant proved one of the more powerful petrol in its size range. Its initial Nebraska test on October eleven, 1955, rated it at forty five. 42 hp on the belt plus 40. 42 hp on the drawbar. At a ballasted weight of eight, 305 pounds, it delivered five, 908 pounds of pull, that was in the top tier of its bodyweight range.
The WD-45 diesel powered could be configured as a wide-front tractor with an adjustable wheel track front side and rear, a dual narrow-front or and single-front wheel, and also a high-clearance model was an option. A-C’s snap coupling system was respected by users for the ease of coupling matching A-C implements. The A-C draft control was equally reputable. The WD-45 could also use a regular three-point system. Power steering grew to become an option in 1956.
An overall total of 90, 352 WD-45s had been built from 1953 to 1957. Of these, 6, 509 were diesels. In most cases, the WD-45 is considered one of A-C’s best and most-successful tractors. These days, it’s highly regarded as a great vintage pulling tractor or as a valuable. It has just the right balance and mixture of features to do well in its tugging class. When A-C did a total remodeling of the tractor line for 1957, the WD-45’s place was used by the equally popular and productive D-17.
1955 Allis Chalmers WD-45 Diesel
Engine: 6-cylinder, Buda-Lanova BD-230
Displacement: 230 ci
Bore & Stroke: 3. 44 x 4. 12-inches
*Rated Belt Power: 45. forty two hp @ 1625 rpm
*Rated Drawbar Strength: 40. 42 horsepower @ 1629 rpm
Flywheel Power: 55 hp @ 1625 rpm
Flywheel Rpm: 166 lbs-ft @ 1250 rpm
Compression Ratio: fifteen. 5: 1
Weight: 4, 730 lbs.
Wheelbase: 88. 12-inches
Gas Capacity: 15 gal.
Tires: 5. 5×16 front, 12×28 rear
*Fuel Consumption: 3. one GPH @ full power
*Drawbar Pull: 5, 909 lbs.
*Top Speed: 12 mph
* Since Rated by Nebraska Tractor Test #563
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