Best we can tell this Case VAI was originally painted blue and used by the USAF to cut grass along runways, but not sure where. It was acquired as war surplus by the UGA Agricultural Experiment Station where it was used to mow peach orchards until my parents bough it in the mid 1960’s for scrap metal price of $25. It had a side mounted Michigan Highway mower.
I acquired it in 2002 when my dad passed away. I had to add a new head gasket a few years after I bought it, and it currently needs a new distributor since the one it has is obsolete and the cap is cracked.
I hope to get the time and money to get her running and refurbished soon.
Locust Grove, Georgia