My dad on the 1953 Allis Chalmers.
This 1952 Allis Chalmers CA
was purchased new from an Allis Chalmers dealer in New York State by my
George Campbell. He owned an 88 acre farm in the lower New York
valley that he used for a summer home, a hunting lodge and also to
raise a small amount of crops for his family's personal
When he passed on in 1964, the tractor sat idle until my grandmother
passed away in 1998. When her estate was finally resolved in
my father and I decided it would be a nice memento for my mother to
the tractor that her father had used to take his children and
on rides around the property with during the summers they spent on the
By the time we arrived to reclaim the tractor, it had sat in
an open ended barn for 36 years. At one time it looked like one
the groundskeepers had attempted to get the tractor running, as there
parts strewn all over the barn. My father and I gathered as many
of the parts we could find, plus a snowplow, a two bottom plow and a
bar. We loaded it onto our trailer and hauled it back to our
in New Jersey.
The engine is the original engine that came with the tractor.
It's a vertical I, 4 cylinder with a 3.375" X 3.50" bore & stroke,
After approximately one years worth of work (and a
LOT of web site searching!) we have our restored CA. Enjoy the
The headlights even work! We
to restore it the way it came, with a 6V positive ground generator
I did upgrade the cutout to a voltage regulator, though.
Not quite finished yet, at this point I still had to
the intake cover, and get a new handle for the hand
I put a rain cap on the exhaust, even though we store it inside.
The tractor runs exceptionally well. There was
a lot of hours on the motor, so I didn't rebuild it.
The next part is to finish the implements.
I'm also planning on replacing the tires, the fronts
a little dry rotted, the rears are much worse.
One rear is an original tire, the other was replaced in
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