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1955 ALLIS-CHALMERS WD-45 DIESEL

Allis-Chalmers followed the trend to diesel power in October of 1954 when they introduced the WD-45 diesel tractor. The WD line started in 1948 and, with significant upgrades, morphed into the WD-45 range late in 1953. It started with gasoline-, distillate-, and LPG-fueled engines late in 1953 and, about a year later, the diesels followed.

Allis-Chalmers acquired the Buda Engine Company in November of 1953. Buda had many diesel engines in production at the time, and Allis-Chalmers chose the Buda-Lanova 6BD-230 for the WD-45. This engine was part of a family that originated toward the end of World War II. The first ag versions debuted in 1946 Cockshutt tractors. They had a wet-sleeved 3.44-inch bore and a 4.12-inch, seven main-bearing stroke. Buda had licensed the Lanova combustion system in 1934 after having used a MAN system. The 6BD-230 was considerably downsized compared to the earlier 6DT-278 it replaced.

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