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(4/10/2013 4:39:55 PM)
A few other interesting early feature on this tractor are unique to only a few of the existing tractors. Other than the manifold elbow mentioned already the oil "strainer" on this tractor is unusual as they only used it on the first 552 tractor. After that there was just a screen on the pickup tube. The can be see from the right side near the back of the frame. when they changed this they also changed the frame and oil baffles. the rear baffle on this one between the engine and clutch is a cast iron piece that is removable. it can be seen in some of joes pictures inside the engine.
The next thing is the lack of a tool box. that was changed at the same time as the frame and oiling system according to the parts book. When this tool box / transmission cover was changed the axle housings were also changed to make the lip on the top higher and add a gussett for strength.
Also in the parts book it claims that the oil indicator was added at #10559. I would guess this one was updated early on since it has all the right parts.
One thing for Joe to check is the clutch handhole cover. according to the book the first 163 had a smaller cast iron hand hole cover. So Joe, is the hole in the frame smaller than your other ones?
Back to more early parts. the first 700 had a round clutch rod and cast lever (brake) with a roll pin and bolt to hold it in alignment. I can see why they changed this but just one small piece they had to fix when learning how to make a tractor.
Thats all the changes I can think of for now. I will try and get some picture to show the changes. Maybe Joe can get some if I don't have all the details.
TRIVIA QUESTION, How much do you think one of the Bear "steering indicators" were worth when new?
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