In the 1930s, Case President Leon Clausen was apprehensive about bringing a small tractor to the market. Then, Allis-Chalmers and John Deere began seeing good results. Clausen finally gave in, and the V-Series was born. The original Model V was only around for a couple of years before it was replaced by the upgraded Model VA.
The Case Model VA came out in 1942, and was produced until 1955. It was a standard-tread, two-wheel drive tractor with a Case-built four-cylinder, overhead-valve engine. There were both gasoline and distillate models, but they had the same specifications and outputs. They had a bore and stroke of 3.25×3.75 inches, a displacement of 124 cubic-inches, a compression ratio of 6:1, and were liquid cooled. The VA had a four forward-speed transmission that had one reverse speed. It had a maximum belt power of 16.98 horsepower, a maximum drawbar power of 12.54 horsepower, and a maximum drawbar pull of 2,394 pounds.
The 3,200 pound VA had an optional electric start. Case also tried to match Ford’s use of the three-point hitch by utilizing the Eagle Hitch on the VA. This wasn’t added until 1949, but the VA was the first tractor to use this hitch. Case would end up manufacturing 150,000 Model VA’s before the V-Series saw its end in 1955. If you have a Case Model VA and are unsure of the production year, the serial number corresponds with the production year as follows: