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Antique Case Tractor: Case LA

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This picture is a 1942 model. The Case LA series replaced the L series in 1940 and was basically an updated version of the L. Some of the options available were PTO, electric start, and hood-sides. It ended production in 1952 with a total of 35493 being made.

Case LA Tractor

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Alan Query wrote on Sunday, August 28, 2022 (PDT):
  • Looking for an LP tank for LA Case. Not the fat round type seen on most LA s. More streamlined, fitting in with the original width of the hood. LP gauge sits atop the tank, cannot remember if it is a left or right hand fill. All info is appreciated.
    Robert Denhardt wrote on Sunday, July 07, 2013 (PDT):
  • Wanted to buy one of the original three LA1 Case tractors with GM 3-71. They were built in 47-48 by the GM Engine dealer in Wichita, KA. They were first used on a wheat farm south of Lamar, CO in 48-49. Tel 703-273-4291.
    joe butcher wrote on Thursday, June 06, 2013 (PDT):
  • I would like to know what a Case 5310925LA is worth
    John Joynt wrote on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 (PDT):
  • I have a 1948 Case LAI tractor I believe it has a wet clutch which I am not familiar with, could someone give me any information they may have in order for me to get it repaired .Thanks
    baldwin ternes wrote on Sunday, July 08, 2012 (PDT):
  • I need 2 rear rims for a LA case tractor
    kenny bennett wrote on Saturday, November 12, 2011 (PST):
  • i have 1947 la case with comperssion of 55-45 lbs. is that wright with kerosane head i pull tractor will LP head give more power
    Gordon Pendergraft wrote on Sunday, September 11, 2011 (PDT):
  • looking for a right hand wheel spindle for a case la
    Mick Kennedy wrote on Sunday, December 26, 2010 (PST):
  • Look ing for an exhaust manafold and heat shield for manafolds on Case LA can any one assist or point me in the right direction so I might find one
    bobby wood wrote on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 (PST):
  • liz i am interested in finding la case tractor to restore i drove one as a boy and we powered a thresher with for many years please return any info or pics price and location
    WALTER WHITENTON wrote on Saturday, October 02, 2010 (PDT):
    Pat McConnell wrote on Saturday, July 03, 2010 (PDT):
  • I ve become quite interested in the Case LA recently due to their availibility and reasonable price.How realiable were the LAs and and could they pull a 4 bottom plow Thanks.
    Liz wrote on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 (PDT):
  • A little info. on the LA Case tractor from the above entry; My dad passed away last June at the age of 76. He had a LA Case tractor that he was going to restore but never made it around to doing so. As far as we know it;s ; A tractor that pulled a grator, It granks on gas will run on fuel, It has a hand crank on the front, or electric start and a magnito in it. I just know that my dad would not have wanted to see this go to a junk yard. I can get pictures if needed. Thanks Liz
    Liz wrote on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 (PDT):
  • My mom has an old LA Case tractor that she was going to send to the junk yard, but I told her to wait because someone out there may like to get it for parts or to restore it If anyone is intrested email me....
    Donavon wrote on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 (PST):
  • I used a Case 600 when I was on the farm as a kid. I wanted something like it so I bought an LA Case. Not a bad old tractor. I do however need an exhaust elbow for it. If I can t find one I will have to make one. Let me know if there is one out there.
    jake schauer wrote on Sunday, December 06, 2009 (PST):
  • looking for 2tone case crawlers 1958 la diesel.
    Tim Huffman wrote on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 (PDT):
  • Looking 1940s LA Case with 471 Detroit only 500 maid.
    Bob wrote on Monday, June 29, 2009 (PDT):
  • Drove an LA puling a oneway plow in 1948. I liked driving it because was heavy and didn t bounce around. I was 9 years old at the time. Dad liked it because he could pull the oneway, seed drill,and packer hooked together, putting in the crop in one trip. Was a gas hog as I remember.
    Norman Moyer wrote on Sunday, June 28, 2009 (PDT):
  • the LA CASE was one great tractor I adapted power steering to one off of a 500 also put power steering on an L sure does make a difference in operating the tractor
    NORMAN MOYER wrote on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 (PDT):
    Michael Gray wrote on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 (PDT):
  • I just bought two case LA s this past weekend one 41 and a 45 they have been together there whole life. I bought them for my daughter to drive during our many parades here in Cheyenne, Wy i need as much info for these as i can get. thank you
    j.a. settles wrote on Sunday, February 03, 2008 (PST):
  • looking for restorable la in midwest. learned on dcs saving 1 out of family case dealership now. any in indiana we would reallybe interested especially if #,s were correct for sale out of our dealership which was closed in late 60 s email with any la s in the weeds, please
    James Reid wrote on Saturday, January 26, 2008 (PST):
  • Have restored 1948 la case for sale no expense was spared, one of the best there are, if interested call 425 503 4507
    Mark wrote on Saturday, January 26, 2008 (PST):
  • I have a rare 1942 Case V forsale in very good condition no rust or dings on metal. Runs,no smoke,Shown at the museum of the appalachia for more Info call me 423-784-1899
    sam kinser wrote on Sunday, October 07, 2007 (PDT):
  • case sold
    sam kinser wrote on Friday, September 14, 2007 (PDT):
  • i have a case la for sale been restored for four years must call for details 276-988-3827
    John Paul wrote on Friday, August 31, 2007 (PDT):
  • Do LA Case Tractors have Tricycle front ends
    kathy wrote on Friday, August 24, 2007 (PDT):
  • We ve acquired an old case LA I Propane tractor. Trying to find information on it. If anyone has any knowledge of this, please contact us. Thanks.
    Tom H wrote on Thursday, August 02, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have a 1949 Case LA that I want to sell. It runs, but does need some work. The carburation needs some TLC and the radiator has a leak. I originally bought it in the hopes of doing some farming, however, I do not have enough water rights to irrigate the acreage that I have. Overall, the tractor is in good condition, pto works, has 3 implements to go with it as well. TCHIII at
    Heath Bradshaw wrote on Monday, April 02, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have an 1949 Case LA Industial Series Model. I would like to know if this tractor has a dry or wet clutch housing There is no rear main seal for this engine. And it want disengage to change the gear. Any suggestions at all would be very nice
    Heath Bradshaw wrote on Monday, April 02, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have an 1949 Case LA Industial Series Model. I would like to know if this tractor has a dry or wet clutch housing There is no rear main seal for this engine. And it want disengage to change the gear. Any suggestions at all would be very nice
    Myron Schneider wrote on Monday, November 06, 2006 (PST):
  • What are these tractors worth? To day the tractor last compression in on cylinder, ran fine yesterday, what is wrong?
    Gary Stark wrote on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 (PDT):
  • We had a Case LA in the late 40s. It handled well and was fun to operate where lugging power was needed. When plowing the massive 4-cylinder high torque engine would pull down before the sluggish governor would react. When it opened up the LA would make a rip roaring leap forward through the toughest conditions. Its bid drawback was high fuel consumption. It would burn over 60 galons of gasoline in a 10 hour day. We finally traded it for an IH diesel which did the same work on 35 gallons of diesel fuel.
    Gary Stark wrote on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 (PDT):
  • We had a Case LA in the late 40s. It handled well and was fun to operate where lugging power was needed. When plowing the massive 4-cylinder high torque engine would pull down before the sluggish governor would react. When it opened up the LA would make a rip roaring leap forward through the toughest conditions. Its bid drawback was high fuel consumption. It would burn over 60 galons of gasoline in a 10 hour day. We finally traded it for an IH diesel which did the same work on 35 gallons of diesel fuel.
    Erick Nelson wrote on Tuesday, September 05, 2006 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a carb float for a zenith 6799. Anyone know where I can find one?
    Eric Hammersland wrote on Monday, August 28, 2006 (PDT):
  • Just purchased an LA and have discovered gas tank & gas cap are bad. Anyone know where I may find replacements? Thanks!!
    josh warner wrote on Thursday, August 10, 2006 (PDT):
  • I'm restoring a 1948 Case LAI for an older man looking for paint code for tractor.
    bobsyse wrote on Friday, March 17, 2006 (PST):
  • I have a LA i just bought and would like to buy one more any condition restored and one for parts I live in mn. but can travel thanks.
    Evan Lesser wrote on Tuesday, March 07, 2006 (PST):
  • Hi, I am a college student who is interested in restoring Case tractors. I have restored many but have a VAC and and SC in my collection still. I am looking to buy an LA to restore. If you have one for sale or know of one anywhere near Kansas please email me...thanks
    Richard VanOrder wrote on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 (PST):
  • I have a 1948, ser# 5227487, Case Tractor, original 6 volt, magnito w/ lever to adjust the spark (advance or retard), w/ Cab and hydralic bucket. I need an exhuast manifold to replace my cracked one. Please help.Call or e-mail. phone # is 1(607)898-5077. also just to chat about the tractor.
    virgil j. reinig wrote on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 (PST):
  • i have 2 orignal 1952 model L A operators manual in very nice cond. will sell for 20.00 ea also have a 1956 600 dl manual very good cond. 20.00 can be reached by cell phone #260-437-6299 Virg
    Marvin Venter wrote on Saturday, November 26, 2005 (PST):
  • I have two LA Cases that ran fine the last time I had the time to start them. I live near Madras, Or. and would welcome offers. What power they have for a 60 h.p. rated tractor. I purchased them from a old timer for yarding juniper trees. Call 541-475-6527
    Irene Lee wrote on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 (PDT):
  • My husband has a LA Case not sure of the rest of numbers it belonged to his father do not know much of the history. Would like to restore to original need help to figure this tractor out. Any help would be great. Color decals etc. Thanks
    Glen Huber wrote on Monday, August 22, 2005 (PDT):
  • I have a 1951 (Ser"5521539) LA that I would like to know the value of. The egine is not stuck but has not run for 10 years. The motor was overhauled and only has about 100 hours on it before it was parked. Tires are fair condition and all parts are there. I have pictures if anyone is interested. Any help would be appreciated
    Jennifer Moore wrote on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 (PDT):
  • I am looking for something to show where all the decals go on a 1940's LA Case tractor. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Jennifer
    Tom Smith wrote on Sunday, February 27, 2005 (PST):
  • I'm restoring a Case LA (1951) and would like to find a belt pulley in good shape. Any out there? Thanks, Tom
    BRIAN ROCH wrote on Wednesday, January 05, 2005 (PST):
    Rod wrote on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 (PDT):
  • would like any information on the case la or lai's tricks or an avid puller and have 10 total of these beasts. can anyone help me i have a few tricks myself and some info id like to tell.
    Robert Jones wrote on Monday, May 17, 2004 (PDT):
  • I have a LA case I would like to sell, or find a piston with rings. S/N 5320066D
    Mike McCarty wrote on Sunday, February 01, 2004 (PST):
  • My dad sold our LA Case to a farm implement dealer in Olney, Tx. in late 60's or early 70's. We farmed in Archer County, Tx. I would like to buy tractor back if I could find it. Thanks Oilmantx9 at
    Otis Prescott wrote on Friday, November 07, 2003 (PST):
  • Looking for an exhaust pipe with muffler for Case LA. Can anyone help
    mickey clifton wrote on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 (PST):
    MICKEY CLIFTON wrote on Thursday, October 30, 2003 (PST):
    Mark Gasser wrote on Friday, September 05, 2003 (PDT):
  • Does anyone know how much my 1948 Case LA gas tractor weighs? Thanks.
    michael {mycase} wrote on Monday, July 14, 2003 (PDT):
  • I have a 1943 case la gas burner iam the secound owner i buought it 1-20-2003 i now have it up for sale at the auction on this web site
    David Manring wrote on Monday, July 07, 2003 (PDT):
  • anyone have a pic of a LA with the detroit desiel conversion? thanks dave
    Bruce Baker wrote on Sunday, June 29, 2003 (PDT):
  • I have an old LA case tractor. The serial number is 5389308 LA. Can anyone tell what year this tractor was built. TIA
    michael wrote on Sunday, March 30, 2003 (PST):
  • I have a 1943 LA that i bought from my uncle he bought it new and farmed with it for years he has called it a Rice King is thier any thing to that or is that just something he came up with.The tractor is in areginal condishion and in mint condishion i was also wondering the value of the tractor.thanks michael (tractor is not for sale}
    melvin kern wrote on Wednesday, January 15, 2003 (PST):
  • looking for toy tractors of LA Case and D Case
    Ted Bradshaw wrote on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 (PST):
  • Help! I need a good piture of a LA. Trying to get the right paint sceme. If anyone can tell me what colors go were please contant me!! Thanks Ted
    Gordon Ferguson wrote on Sunday, December 01, 2002 (PST):
  • Looking for engine parts; belt pully; exhaust for recently aquired case LA serial no 5408866LA. There is no footbrake fitted just a handbrake but the linkage to the brake drum is missing. There is a square hole in the footplate beside the handbrake lever. Is this anything to do with a footbrake pedal that should have been fitted or was fitted at one time? Any help most appreciated. Western Australia.
    Kenneth Namuth wrote on Sunday, November 03, 2002 (PST):
  • The LA Case, gas burner, with turning brakes and steel platform is the first tractor I ever ran. I am looking for an 1/16 scale model, or someone to make one for me. Thanks.
    Heath Henderson wrote on Thursday, September 19, 2002 (PDT):
  • Looking for a CASE LA or LP head to fit my 52 Case. Thank you for your help. All e-mails are welcome
    Jim Bush wrote on Wednesday, September 04, 2002 (PDT):
  • I'm restoring my fathers 1952 Case La and am looking for a case water temp guage and a case oil pressure guage that are in working order. Any comments welcome
    Dustin Lamb wrote on Sunday, September 01, 2002 (PDT):
  • Does any body know how many HP an LA Case is rated at?
    James E Bennett wrote on Saturday, August 10, 2002 (PDT):
  • Looking for a Head for a 52 Case LA . a Lp Head will work if you have one please email me with price and location. Thanks J Bennett
    Pete Jones wrote on Sunday, May 05, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have a 1950 Case LAE Power unit that runs a Frick Saw Mill. I do not see much information on the power units Literature, and pictures are hard to come by. Does anybody have a good Web page? or some information to share. Thank You, Pete
    Schwenneker Wm. wrote on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 (PST):
  • What is a 1948 LA Case worth ex shape
    sean cole wrote on Friday, February 15, 2002 (PST):
  • info pictures on DEX model required
    Mark Dellicker wrote on Sunday, February 10, 2002 (PST):
  • I have a case LAI tractor my uncle bought new and i am going to restore it. the serial # 5311995 any info I can get on parts or year of tractor would be great
    Jerry Nilles wrote on Thursday, January 31, 2002 (PST):
  • I am in the process of restoring a 1949 case LA gas. I am looking for an exhaust manifold and elbow, a picture or other information on placement of the decals, and how many gallons of paint will it take to paint. Jerry
    curt allen wrote on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 (PST):
  • I have two 1940 LA's. Both run good. $1200 each. I also have a LA rear half with tires,$500.
    kevin jackson wrote on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 (PDT):
  • any bodey help me on photos and info on 1930 case model c. carnt get much here in cairns. qld aust. thank you.
    John Blake wrote on Friday, July 27, 2001 (PDT):
  • Can anyone send me information on where to place the decals on a 1949 LA Case? Send picture if possible. Thank you.
    Tim Cain wrote on Sunday, May 27, 2001 (PDT):
  • I'm selling my collections of tractors, I'm mostly interested in steam, and I do have a steam engine. I have a Case La 1945,Case "C" 1932, Allis Chalmers b(2), Allis Chalmers "WC", John Deere "MT", total for all $12,000.00 I live on the East side of Green Bay,Wi If interested please e-mail me.
    Al. Currie wrote on Sunday, May 20, 2001 (PDT):
  • Interesting website! I live up in Saskatchewan and have an operating LA. gas. Just used it to seed 30 ares of wheat just for fun. Have a couple or parts tractors and can help with mech questions.
    R. Yetter wrote on Sunday, May 20, 2001 (PDT):
  • I also have an 1934 L Case that I'm restoring, but I'm having problems with the magnito. Is there someone who knows about mags? please e-mail me back.
    D.Deveraux wrote on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 (PDT):
  • hav learned more about my la case with 4 71 also have aquired the orginal invoice parts manuale an owner manual would also be intrestrd in la from Richard Inlow and R. Yenter
    Steve Parsons wrote on Monday, April 09, 2001 (PDT):
  • I worked for an uncle in North Central Oklahoma back in the mid 70's. We had a total of 6 LA's pulling 3 bottom 14" rope trip plows. What a sight! They were all on propane. It took days to plow an 80 or a Quarter Section. Thank God for the 4020 John Deere.
    margaret page wrote on Sunday, March 25, 2001 (PST):
  • Do you know where a manual for a 1947 Case LA Interesting website
    R.J. Gilliam wrote on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 (PST):
  • got a '47 Case LA and sure would like to know the proper oil level. the sit windows on the side give a great view of the crank and sump,but can't find the dipstick or level!!??
    Richard Inlow wrote on Monday, March 12, 2001 (PST):
  • I live in Bonner Springs Kansas. Man here has a 1944 LA. Seems to be in good shape. He says it runs good. Wants an offer on it. If anyone is interested I would get more info on it. Thanks.
    bill wrote on Wednesday, December 13, 2000 (PST):
  • heheheheh
    Alex Loewen wrote on Sunday, November 19, 2000 (PST):
  • I'm looking for a cylinder head for a '49 Case LA. Any suggestions as to where I might find? Cheers, Alex
    D.Deveraux wrote on Saturday, November 11, 2000 (PST):
  • I have La case with 471 GM have need for more information. have been informed by orginal owner that this tractor was built by or modified by GM for case Am dummer than hell on computer call 1 800 755 2706 Thanks!
    Bill Seip wrote on Wednesday, October 04, 2000 (PDT):
  • My Grandfather in Southern Ontario Canada owned a Case L Or La which he used for farm, custom threshing and mill work until the 1950's. I was too young to know the exact model ? It looked very similar to the LA, especially the rubber wheels but was gray in colour with square fenders. Would any one know if the first versions of LA would have been grey or perhaps a later model of L ? Thanks
    Gabriel J. Vieira wrote on Saturday, September 02, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have 2 L model 1937's and a 1940 DC wide front..Looking for stock pistons and sleeves for the DC any help would be appreeciated..One of the L's is electric start..
    Tom Railsback wrote on Friday, August 25, 2000 (PDT):
  • We had a 1951 LA with turning brakes on the differntial
    Tom Railsback wrote on Friday, August 25, 2000 (PDT):
  • We had a 1951 LA with turning brakes on the differntial
    Scott Stucky wrote on Thursday, June 22, 2000 (PDT):
  • My grandfather had a 1941 LA, the first year they were made. It was quite a hunk of iron, with huge 20" front tires. It burned white gas. I drove it quite a bit in 1959-61. It had a lot of power but no hydraulics, so you had to yank a rope (and hope)to get your plow out of the ground. It did not have individual rear wheel brakes and thus took a mile to turn around. He traded it in 1961 for an 830 LP-gas Case-O-Matic which was a piece of junk.
    Ron Kennedy wrote on Sunday, May 14, 2000 (PDT):
  • writing from australia, the L.A. was a popular rtactor out here to convert to diesel power using the Perkins 6/354 which increased hp to 80-100 depending on rpm. was this done in other countries?
    Grant Hark wrote on Monday, March 20, 2000 (PST):
  • I have a 1948 Case LA for sale. In good working order, would like to get $1200.
    Ronald Crane wrote on Friday, March 17, 2000 (PST):
  • I have good supply of LA parts from 2 tractors.
    jeff wand wrote on Sunday, January 30, 2000 (PST):
  • If anybody has any idea where the needles go on the 1952 case la please e-mail me!!!!!!
    Billy Yeargin wrote on Saturday, January 01, 2000 (PST):
  • I am looking for a LA Case, without the round gas tank on rear of hood. Any information on location and price would be appreciated Billy Yeargin
    Phil wrote on Wednesday, December 08, 1999 (PST):
  • Were all Case LA's wide front ends and were they equipped with 3point hitch?
    gordonmoen wrote on Friday, December 03, 1999 (PST):
  • 12-3-99 I have a 1949 LA case 2 dc's several allis chalmers and several others. I have been a diesel and all around mechanic for 35 years. Have knowledge and some old case parts.Have old wagons and wheels for sale.
    deaton wrote on Tuesday, November 16, 1999 (PST):
  • I have my grandfather's LA but it hasn't run is 20 years. Should I try to crank the engine? Or should I take the engine apart first?
    David Zamora wrote on Monday, September 27, 1999 (PDT):
  • I own a 1948 Case LA gas. The brakes don't work. Is this a job for a couple of shade tree mechanics, or should I trailer it, and haul it 50 miles to town and have it done? Any suggestions will help. Thank You
    Bob Smith wrote on Wednesday, September 08, 1999 (PDT):
  • I would like to know the value of a LA on steel with starter and lights with good sheet metal. Thank you.
    Ron Whitney wrote on Wednesday, September 08, 1999 (PDT):
  • I have a Case LA i believe it is a 1944 model. On the side of the block it has the numbers c4862A. Is 1944 the correct year? or do I need a different set of numbers? Also I need a radiator resavour tank that bolts directly benesth the radiator. Does anyone know where I can get one or knows of a good salvage for LA parts? Please help. Also I may be interested in buying a parts tractor if you have any info. on one. Thanks for the help!! Ron
    Craig wrote on Tuesday, August 03, 1999 (PDT):
  • I have a 52 Case LA lp I am restoring now. I also have a 48 gas and a couple of parts tractors. L's and LA's are my favorite of the Cases we have used on the farm.
    Lee wrote on Sunday, July 25, 1999 (PDT):
  • trying to find the value of a 1950 Case La Propane
    Kevin Lindley wrote on Saturday, June 26, 1999 (PDT):
  • Gunny we have a 51 in working condition. As a kid we used it as our plowing tractor. What a differance from the old massey 44. Anyway were thinking of selling it but do not want to part it out. Currantly we do need an exhaust elbow for it. Keep in touch I could get you a picture of it sometime.
    Gunny wrote on Wednesday, May 19, 1999 (PDT):
  • Looking for light brackets for a Case LA Propane, Help!!!Please advise who what and where . Thank you. Fun to rebuild but parts sometimes hard to find!

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