The VAC is a 1951 with SN: 5572624 and is of the newer style with rack and pinion steering and tinwork. I bought it while I was still in the active army in (I believe) 2014. I was stationed in southern Missouri and found the tractor on craigslist in central Missouri. I had my father come down from central Iowa and I met him at the site where we loaded it up (the battery was dead so we had to push it down a small hill and hope it would start that way) on his trailer. Then we parted ways and I really began my restoration once I had gotten out of the army. It was torture thinking about how I was going to restore it but not actually being able to!
Anyways, when I got the tractor it was in pretty bad shape. The tinwork was banged up and rusty with a poor paint job over it, the air cleaner bonnet was a perforated beer can (as only Missouri can do), and the steering wheel was that of a stock racing car.
I believe it took me about half a year to restore the tractor. I added an adjustable wide front to it which turned it from a VAC-12 (Twin narrow front) to a VAC-13 (Adjustable wide front). It got 2 sets of VAC rear wheel weights both on the inside and outside of the hubs for plowing and I added a deluxe padded seat as well as a removable buddy seat. I also added a remote valve to the hydraulic system for running implements like plows. The engine was completely rebuilt as well as the clutch.
Steiner has really helped me out in my tractor restorations with some parts. They have been of quality and with reasonable pricing. Most importantly you guys carry parts that are NLA from the original manufacturers!
After I got the VAC I found a 300 that was burned in a fire down the road from me and restored that as well. It was more of a challenge than the VAC!
Ben Fitz of Iowa
Shirley Hoffman says
I write a newsletter for the Perry County Old Iron Collectors, Inc. in Pennsylvania. Our feature tractor this coming year is Case. I have some space to fill in this newsletter. Could I have your permission to use your story? Thank you so much?
Shirley I will forward your contact information to Ben so he can give permission for you to use his story and photos. Have a wonderful day.
Shirley Hoffman says