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when compared to the other countr y was pr epar - models. When produced ceased in 1972, it was replaced by the ing t o celebr at e t he 2470 4-wheel drive using a 351 cubic inch engine. The 1370 200t h bir t hday of t he countr y, Case was introduced in the 2-wheel want ed t o show t heir patr io tism in drive lineup using the 1470’s 504 CID engine. t heir own way. In Januar y of 1976, in For a few years, the 1370 was 2-wheel drive king in the AgriKansas City, MO, Case debut ed t o t heir King line but lost its title when ag dealer ne twor k a new, lar ge model the 1570 was introduced. This known as t he 1570. It was t o become tractor also used the 504 CID 6-cylinder turbocharged engine t he big br o t her t o t he successful 1370 used in the 1370. The rated engine speed for the 1370 at t hat had been intr oduced in 1972. that time was 2200 RPMs. The 1570 used a different fuel system The make a splash with this recorded definite number. and was rated for 2100 RPMs new model, a special decaled The 1570 was an addition but put out more power than 1570 model was shown in a to the Case 70 series which the large 2470 4-wheel drive. unique red, white and blue was introduced in the fall of The 1570 used a selfscheme. Two of these models 1969. The two-wheel drive cleaning air induction system. were offered to each dealer if models consisted of the 970, Intake air was forced into the they wanted it but they had to 1070, 1170 and 1270. When be ordered between January and the 1470 was introduced, it was stratotube where cycloneJuly. There appear to have been the largest tractor Case had ever action whirled the dirt particles approximately 200 of the Spirit built. However, it was a 4-wheel outward using centrifugal force. Using this method 95% of tractors built but there is no drive and quite cumbersome 26 JULY/AUGUST 2009 ISSUE 004


the dust and dirt from the air taken in was removed before it reached the dry-type filters. The dirt was then exhausted through the muffler. The turbocharger was mounted in the center of the engine to evenly force air into all six cylinders. The intake and exhaust manifolds were located on opposite sides so the intake air could remain cooler and more dense. Combustion was more thorough and the exhaust air was cleaner because the two didn’t mix. The result was better fuel economy because of the higher air-to-fuel ratio. For maximum cleaning, the engine oil passed through two filters and an oil cooler. Cool, clean oil helped lubricate the high-speed turbo bearings. Oil was also used to cool the pistons and cylinder walls by a forced, constant-pressure oil spray system.

You’ve come a long way, America…. we’re celebrating your progress with the brand new Case 180 HP 1570. Multiple cylinder heads were used instead of one long one. This accomplished a couple different things. It helped to dissipate heat uniformly, distortion was avoided and it allowed for easier servicing. The shorter heads also torqued down better for a more positive seal. The 504 cubic inch engine was built heavy to handle the continuous operation performed by a high-horsepower trac-

tors. The 7-main engine was reinforced with extra-heaving webbing to hold the massive counterweighted crankshaft. The removable cylinder sleeves were hardened to assure long life and durability. Standard equipment on the 1570 consisted of a Category III 3-Point hitch and double acting 2-circuit open center hydraulics. The twelve-speed power shift transmission gave

This Spirit 1570 is owned by Jane & Dave Berbaum of Champaign, IL. Dave was a former Case service department employee so the Berbaums are devoted Case users/collectors. Jane had always like the looks of the Spirit tractor when their neighbor owned one. This particular tractor was located in Galesburg, IL and was purchased about four years ago with 3500 hours on it. A complete restoration was done using all original Case parts included new interior parts for the cab. The highlight for the family came when the factory card arrived showing the Bicentennial decals listed. This proved it was a true Spirit and not just a tractor that a dealer put decals on. Currently it is just a show tractor because no one wants to put the first scratch on it. This Spirit has a born-on date of April 13, 1976.



From 1 horse or ox to 180 “horses” today. It symbolically measures the progress of the American farmer thru the years. And Case pays tribute with a brand new Model 1570.

the operator speed ranges from 1.9 MPH to 19.6 MPH. Case also used inboard planetary drives to deliver the power to the wheels. These heavy-duty drives helped to absorb the shock and protect the entire power train. Standard tire size was 11.0016 6-ply fronts and 18.4-38 8-ply rear tires. Many variations of the Spirit tractor used the diamond pattern tread on the front while others used the standard rib tire. 28 JULY/AUGUST 2009 ISSUE 004

The cooling system on the 1570 held 44 quarts of coolant. Engine oil capacity was 26 quarts including the filters. The pump consisted of a Bosch 10 mm multiple-in-line-plunger fuel pump using large 17 MM injectors. To feed the tractor all day was an 80-gallon rear mounted tank. The Case Comfort Control cab was standard on the 1570. This cab was a Case design that they were quite proud of. It incorporated a ROPS in the cab

and was mounted with heavy rubber cushions to limit vibration, noise and heat transfer. This was also the first company to put the air filter in the rear of the cab. The cab was so tight that each time the door was shut, the inside pressure would force air into the filter pushing the dust out. Tinted safety glass provided 36 ½ square feet of visibility. Unlike the 1370 that had a vinyl seat, the 1570 used a deluxe cloth seat with seven dif-

This tractor is owned by Casey Jones of Palmyra, IN. Having a fascination for this model, he always wanted to own one. A couple years ago his uncle located one in Auto Trader. Casey was out of town so the tractor was purchased sight unseen. It was in rough condition having the doors left open with a flock of resident pigeons living inside. All of the wiring was chewed up and rust had started to take over the tractor. The Spirit was torn completely down and rebuilt using all original Case parts. It took four months to put it back together after they started painting it. It was a labor of love that brought the “has been� tractor back to life to become a showpiece.




Engine: 504 CID 6-cylinder Bore & Stroke: 4.625 x 5 Fuel Consumption: 12.72 hp/hr per gallon Weight: 13,300 (with cab & Std Equipment) Nebraska Test: #1218 August 27, 1976 Tractor tested in Nebraska: Serial No. 8805026 PTO Horsepower: 180 Drawbar Horsepower: 152


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ferent adjustments for operator comfort. This EASY-RIDER seat provided the comfort necessary for the long days in the field. Combined with standard heat/air conditioning, tilt/ telescoping wheel, and 3-speed blower, this cab had all the comforts of home. A radio and tape deck were available but were extra equipment options. Other options included a bolt-on step extension, ether starting aid, locking fuel tank, steel or cast duals, two additional remotes, pyrometer, cigarette lighter and long rear axles. Another option that I’ve seen on every Spirit or 1570 out there was the front weight frame and add-on weights. 32 JULY/AUGUST 2009 ISSUE 004

This may have been an option but appears to have been more of a necessity. A total of 1469 model 1570s were built in 1976 and that figure includes the Spirit models. Bicentennial decals were available from the dealer to turn a white 1570 into a Spirit. However, the factory card of a true Spirit tractor will list “bicentennial decals” removing all question of how it left the factory. The 1570 Spirit model was built for 6 months but the white 1570 tractor was built for three years before it was replaced by the 2590. Those whom are fortunate enough to own a red, white and blue 1570 are always willing to “show their Spirit.”

This 1570 was bought new in July 1976 from a dealer in Lebanon, IN by J.R. Gyger. It is still in the original owners hands and is in original condition. For many years it was the main tractor on the farm and pulled 7-bottom 16” plow. Today it’s still used on the farm for hauling in corn, going to shows and a little tractor pulling. It never has sat outside except for when it’s at shows. It is probably the nicest original out there.

CASE Spirit of 76  

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CASE Spirit of 76  

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