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Hello all. I just signed up today.

I am getting a Case 224 in a week or 2. My bother got it from a guy who was cleaning up his garage and didn't want the tractor anymore. It has been sitting in my brothers driveway for about a year. He wants it out of his way so he gave it to me. He had it running when he 1st got it but now it will not fire. He is dropping it off at a mutual friends(small engine mechanic) so he can get it running for me.

I have a couple of questions.

Most of the 224s I have seen are the big wheel one. This one is the smaller rear wheel and it is orange with tan tinwork. Is this a good tractor? I just plan on replacing my cub 2185 for mowing and "may" try a snowblower.

Also. Where can i get parts for the tractor? I know it needs a seat, muffler, battery(easy enough), And some other small parts


thanks, Brad
 

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Welcome to the site, you're at the right place to get that 224 up and running. All 200 series have the smaller rear tires, while the 400 series have larger rear tires. Check out the tech section using the PIN# to locate the correct manuals. Read the FAQ's first and that section will answer a lot of questions before they even get asked. There are members here that are dealers, and some parts may be gotten used from other members. As far as the muffler, you will have to be creative. use the search at the top of the page, there are a few threads here about exhaust systems. Keep us posted on your progress and don't forget the pics!
 

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Glad you made your way over here Brad. Like mentioned above, read the FAQ section of the site and it will answer a lot of your questions. its a good place to learn the basics.



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Brad,
The key to the correct knowledge about your tractor comes with correctly recording the serial or PIN that is found on the metal plate riveted to the dash tower. Once you have that, go to the Parts Manuals and the Operator's Manuals section in the Tech area and use that PIN to find the manuals that apply to your tractor. Those manuals will reveal a huge amount of information to you and so will the FAQ's. We believe that members who are new to these tractors prefer to read about them first and then ask questions after. There are no stupid questions but the FAQ's helps cut down the number of repetitive ones.
 

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Brad: Welcome to the site,we're glad you joined. :trink: :trink: :trink: And congratulations on the new GT! :thumbsup: The 224 is a fine tractor. You are going to like it. You can get all the help you may need and technical information on the site. You already have some excellent direction. I would just add here is the link to the two dealers: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=887 These gentlemen are very helpful and well respected.
:222: :446: Best Regards, Rich
 

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Brad,
All Case garden tractors were sold as a basic tractor to the dealer and then to the purchaser. The purchaser worked with the dealer to figure out which attachments were needed. Contrary to the advice on another site made by well-meaning individuals who THINK that they know these tractors but really don’t, the first number in the various 200 Series models does not determine the size of the rear rims. Such a notion is probably one of the most preposterous theories I have heard to date but that person is not the only person on that site that continuously spews out erroneous information.

If that theory were true, then the 400 Series tractors should come with 14” rubber on the back and the 600 Series would have 16” tires. You will discover in the TECH section on this site that all 400 series tractors come with 16” rims and 600 Series were available with either 12” or 15”, depending on whether the Flotation Kit was specified.

Secondly, no tractor was every “automatically” delivered with one deck size because of the HP of the tractor. The buyer was free to decide the deck size that best suited his needs. If he had narrow areas on his property that called out for a 38” deck, then that is what he would buy, even if his tractor was a 16 HP 226 model.

The 224, because it had 14 HP, was able to use the 48" wide mowing deck if that was the best size for the purchaser's property. The 10 HP 220 and 12 HP 222 mostly used the 38" and 44" wide mowing decks, as per the recommendations in the Case Planning Guide. In other words, your 224 could have any one of the three deck sizes, thanks to the engine HP . Some owners did ignore the advice of the dealer and installed the 48" deck on their 12 HP 222 tractor but they were pushing the limit of that engine to handle tall grass, wet grass and thick grass.

The same situation holds true when choosing either the 38" or 48" wide snowcaster and also the 44" vs the 54" wide snow/dirt plow blade. All 200 Series tractors are essentially the same (except for the manual transmission 210) in the way they were built. It is the engine displacement and HP that changes. You will just have to wait and see which deck your 224 was fitted with .
 

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Diesel_Brad said:
it is orange with tan tinwork.
Welcome!

Repeat after me, "Power Red & Desert Sunset"
After you`ve been here awhile if you say orange & tan, there are those that will have you flogged through the fleet. :grin:

They`re being nice now, it won`t last long. :lol:
 

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Well my serial # is 9676132 so I guess my tractor is a 1973. Is there anything bad about the 1st year of the 224?
Can`t imagine how that would be, it is after all, built with the same proven components as the preceding models.
And certainly the Kohler K series was already well proven by that time in a variety of diffferent products, including Case`s 4 series tractors
 

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1973 was the year that Case began putting rubber isolation mounts on the Kohler engines instead of hard-mounting them to the frame. At one point in 73, they also moved the PTO engagement lever to the left side of the dash tower and began using the large external muffler that was much quieter than the previous one.

I think that you will quickly learn to appreciate the simplicity of the design and the overall strength of the materials used to build this tractor as you learn more and more about it. True happiness with these tractors comes from figuring out what is truly wrong with it due to wear, tear and abuse; followed by correcting those things. Worn steering parts along with a bent/twisted front axle are easily fixed and that removes the issue of difficult steering traits.

If you find yourself unhappy with a certain aspect of this tractor, most likely it wasn’t that way when it was first delivered. Chalk it up to the tractor being 38 years old and not receiving all the love and care it deserved from past owners.
 

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Ok, well I finally have the tractor in my possesion! Went to the guys house to pick it up, he threw a battery in it and fired it up. It purrs like a kitten
Now i just need to go over the whole machine.
List of things include
Oil/filter
hydro oil change
front and rear tires
blades
seat
i am sure there will be other things when I actually start using it. But so far i have $110 in the machine




 

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Good looking tractor. I see that it has some Voodoo that needs to be exorcised. Nothing serious considering you essentially stole it. Nice going. Your parts manual and Op manual should be your two best friends at this point.
 

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Welcome Brad from another new guy. Man your 224 is in nice shape for sitting outside for a yr you put a wash job and do a couple other things to it and it is gona look real nice.
You're one up on me though I have to find & buy a tractor yet, looking at a couple of 448's, enjoy yourself.

Mark
 

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Hydriv said:
Good looking tractor. I see that it has some Voodoo that needs to be exorcised. Nothing serious considering you essentially stole it. Nice going. Your parts manual and Op manual should be your two best friends at this point.
What all do you see that needs correcting? I would like to bring it back to its original foundation as much as possible
 

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Brad,

You need to go to our Library and look at Parts Manual B1255. Your parking brake is totally wrong. You are missing one seat bumper and there seems to be an issue with the hinge. Those are the two obvious issues. Not a big deal but with that manual in hand, you can see how the tractor should be........compared to how it is.
 
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