Fred Etnier’s 9-18B Case Industrial
In 1958, I bought this little 9-18 Industrial at Greenfield, Iowa, from a fraternity brother named Hansen. His father had been a Case dealer there. With his father’s passing, Mr. Hansen said he would like to sell his dad’s old tractor. It had been stored in a shed on the family farm northeast of Greenfield for many years. I made an offer, bought it and brought it to Indianola. I believe it is one the first Industrial models built at Racine.
My father also operated a Case dealership there. He and the shop mechanics looked the old tractor over and determined it was a 1918 B-series 9-18, based on the serial number. The hard rubber tires also had that date molded into the sidewalls. For the first couple of years, all 9-18s had a channel-iron frame. Following the 30-60, 20-40 and 12-25 tractors, the 9-18 was a true ‘small’ tractor in comparison, which was becoming more popular, especially with small farmers.
Even after sitting for a number of years at Greenfield, the engine was not stuck…
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