CASE 1030 Comfort
NATURAL BREATHING BRUT
By J. Alan Sanford
In the mid 1960s, most tractor companies were not sold on the idea
that turbochargers would become a necessity on the farm tractor.
You could say the turbocharged tractors were looked at as "experimental'' at
that time. Some farmers jumped at the idea of owning a tractor with "one
of those turbo things'' on it, but most farmers viewed it as
something high-tech; just something else to break down. CASE had
already marketed the 1200 Traction King four-wheel-drive to those
who farmed larger acreage. It was equipped with a turbocharged 451
cubic inch diesel that would eventually prove to be one of the best
engines ever built by anyone. It had only been out a little over
a year when CASE decided to add another two-wheel-drive to their
row crop line. While some companies were dabbling with the turbo
on their larger two-wheel-drive tractors, CASE chose to keep their
big boy a NATURAL BREATHER.
1966: Enter the CASE 1030 Comfort King. Make no mistake about it.
This tractor did not take a back seat to others, turbo or not. It
was very capable of pulling some of the biggest implements on the
market with ease proving to be competitive with any make of tractor
on the market. Rated at 100 horsepower, many were cranking out 112
hp plus on the dyno making it an easy fit into the 7-plow class.
This certainly put it right in the ranks with the highest horsepower
two-wheel drive tractors available at the time.
My grandfather owned one of the first CASE 1030s to come to our
part of the country in 1966. It would hold 120 hp at rated rpm. He
was known to overload a tractor to extremes, but had to pull as many
as three implements at one time to max out the 1030. He turned 90
years old this winter and still talks about how bad he feels for
abusing that tractor. "I didn't have any sense back
then,'' he says. "I was still enjoying not having to
do the work with horses.''
The 1030 CASE was offered only as a diesel. It was powered by an
inline six-cylinder 451 cubic inch naturally aspirated diesel engine.
It was built on the same design used on previous 30 series models
that had proven to be very tough and durable engines. In fact, this
basic design was used by CASE for nearly two decades. The major difference
between the 930, introduced in late 1959, and the 1030 was the change
from the 4 1/8-inch bore, (930 CASE with 401 cid), to the 4 3/8-inch
bore, (1030). Both engines had a healthy 5-inch stroke. Aluminum
pistons were also used in the 1030 as opposed to cast iron pistons
in the 930. You can tell the difference when you rev both of them
from an idle to full throttle. The 1030 has a very "peppy"
sound winding up very quickly while the 930 gains its revs more slowly.
Larger valves allowed better airflow on both the intake and exhaust
1030 engine was built extremely well. CASE didn't cut any corners
with this design. They were doing their best to keep
their name up front in the farm tractor market, and well they did.
This was a six-cylinder engine with seven main bearings. That's
right, a main bearing on each side of every connecting rod. Of
course, that's what it takes to handle a high-torque wallop like
1030 delivers. It was capable of generating 340 foot/pounds of
torque. If you'll look at the chart of the 1030 CASE torque curve,
you'll notice how the torque rises sharply from the rated
2000 rpm engine speed and continues to rise until it reaches its
peak around 1250 rpm. That's a 750-rpm range through which
torque continues to build. Comparing that to the competitors' higher-revving
engines shows why the CASE engine not only had deeper " guts'',
but also why this 451 engine gave its owners the confidence that
it would be around for a long time. Most of the competitors' engines
enjoyed a torque range of only 300 to 400 rpm's and were sure
to have their lives cut short due to higher rpm's.
Coupled to the 451 cubic inch powerhouse was a simple, yet rugged
standard-shift transmission. With two ranges, the 1030 had 8 forward
and 2 reverse speeds: 4 forward and 1 reverse in each range. Forward
speeds ranged from 2 mph to 16.2 mph. Connecting the engine to the
transmission was a king-size 15-inch clutch. Transferring this power
to the wheels were the massive 3 3/16-inch axles.
The 1030 CASE was offered in two different models; the General Purpose
and the Special. Both featured adjustable front and rear axles. There
were very few differences between the two. The most noticeable was
the shorter wheelbase of the Special. What basically amounted to
the front axle being turned around backwards gave the Special model
a wheelbase 19 inches shorter than that of the GP. This allowed the
turning radius for the Special to be 2 feet, 5 inches shorter than
the General Purpose. There were quite a number of options available
to meet each farmer's specific needs.
The styling of the 1030 was the same that CASE had used since the
late 1950s. The long, slender design of the straight hood and fenders
made this tractor appear longer than it actually was. The headlights
were placed on the very front at the top of the nosepiece. The "eyebrows'' above
them helped accentuate the fact that Old Abe, the American Bald Eagle,
was still the CASE mascot. The popular chrome emblem of Old Abe perched
on top of a globe was centered between the headlights. The two-tone
paint scheme of Flambeau Red and Desert Sunset was still the standard.
There are three disadvantages, all of which have relatively easy
fixes that I would like to comment on. The first is the 1966 model
1030 didn't come with a transmission cooler. In most applications
this does not present a problem, but if you're prone to overload
the tractor, or as my dad puts it, "pull its guts out'',
transmission overheating is almost sure to happen. A transmission
cooler can be added to alleviate this problem, or better yet, just
buy a '67 to '69 model. The second possible problem is
the brakes. My dad found a very easy fix for this. Just install balls
that are 1/16-inch larger than factory between the discs and your
brakes are good for probably 20 years or more. The last problem is
very small; the power steering. The belts on the power steering must
be good and they must be kept tight. Most people who experienced
steering problems simply didn't do the very minor maintenance
of keeping good, tight belts on their tractor. If these potential
trouble spots are taken care of, the 1030 is a very enjoyable tractor
There are many, many advantages of owning a CASE 1030 Comfort King.
Strong, rugged, tough, dependable, and long-lasting have already
been mentioned. Ease of maintenance and fuel efficiency are two other
advantages. This was the first CASE row crop tractor to have a dry-type
air cleaner, (99.5% efficient), which is much easier to maintain
than the old oil bath system. CASE's patented Powrcel injection
design proved to use very little fuel as well. This is another big
plus on the side of the 1030. Nebraska Test number 952 lists this
tractor with 12.01 hp hr/gal. Fuel usage was rarely above 5 gallons
per hour under heavy working conditions. An unobstructed operator
platform, the Draft-o-matic 3 point hitch, the foam padded seat with
positions adjustable for standing or sitting, steps on both sides
for easy mounting, multi-stage fuel filters, and a large 48-gallon
rear-mounted fuel tank are just a few of the other benefits this
The 1030 CASE Comfort King is not highly sought after as a collector
piece except for those who want a complete lineup of the 30 series
tractor. If you are looking for one to add to your collection, the
Special would probably be the best choice, especially if it has the
3 point hitch or the power adjust rear wheels. Time and space would
not allow me to list and describe all of the great features and benefits
of owning a CASE 1030, whether it's just for your collection
or for actual farm use. If you ever get the chance, just spend about
five minutes in the driver's seat and you'll understand
why this NATURAL BREATHING BRUTE has the words Comfort and King in
CASE 1030 Comfort King General Purpose and Special Tractor Specifications
- Engine Steering Electrical System
- 451 cu. in. Power 12 volt
- 6 cylinder Drawbar Tire Sizes
- Wet sleeve GP ñ swinging General
- Special ñ Wide swinging Front-7.50x16
- Rated RPM optional
- 2000 RPM Hitch-(optional) or 7.50x18
- Category II 3 point
- Compression Ratio single lever Draft-o-matic
- 15 to 1 control and lower link or 18.4x34
capacity Special Model
- 14 quarts Brakes Front-7.50x16
- Differential triple disc optional 9.00x16
- Cooling System or 10.00x16
- 10 gallons Axles Rear-15.5x38
- Adjustable optional 23.1x30
- Clutch or
- Dry 15 inch Dimensions
- GP wheelbase-109
in. Tread Widths
- Fuel System Special wheelbase-90 in. GP Front
- 48 gallons
to 81 in.
- Steering wheel height-87
in. GP Rear
- Hydraulic System
Width-88 in. 60 to 96 in.
Valve GP length-165 in. Special Front
- 2 circuits
in. 55 to 81 in.
- 16 gallon common sump Minimum clearance-16 in.
GPM at 1500RPM
lbs. 60 to 96 in.
PTO Turning Radius Fenders
- 1 3/8 inch spline size GP-13 ft., 1
in. 2 position
- 1000 RPM at 1700 Special-10t., 8 in. adjustable
- Forward Speeds Warranty
- Transmission 2.0, 2.8, 3.6,
5.2, 6.3; 12 month
- Heavy Duty 8.8, 11.2, 16.2 MPH No hour
- Sliding Gear
- 2 Ranges Reverse Speeds
- 8 speeds forward 2.5,
- 2 speeds
Case 1030 Comfort King -
General Purpose and Special
||451 cu. in., diesel, 6 cylinder, wet sleeve,
Rated RPM - 2000 RPM
Compression ratio: 15 to 1
Crankcase capacity: 14 quarts
Cooling System: 10 gallons
||GP - swinging; Special - wide swinging
||General Purpose -
Front - 7.50x16, optional 9.00x16 or 7.50x18
Rear - 15.5x38, optional 23.1x30 or 18.4x34
Special - Front-7.50x16, optional 9.00x16 or 10.00x16
Rear-15.5x38, optional 23.1x30 or 18.4x34
||Category II 3-point with single lever Draft-o-matic, control
and lower link sensing
||Differential triple disc
Clutch: Dry 15 inch
||GP wheelbase - 109 in.
Special wheelbase - 90 in.
Hood height - 72 in.
Steering wheel height - 87 in.
Width - 88 in.
GP length - 165 in.
Special length - 154 in.
Minimum clearance - 16 in.
Weight - 9,500 lbs.
||GP front - 52 to 81 in.; rear - 60 to 96 in.
Special front - 55 to 81 in.; rear - 60 to 96 in
||Dual valve, 2 circuits
16 gallon common sump
12 GPM at 1500 RPM
||1-3/8 inch spline size
1000 RPM at 1700 engine RPM
||GP - 13 ft., 1 in.
Special - 10 ft., 8 in.
||2 position, adjustable
||8 speeds forward
Transmission 2.0, 2.8, 3.6, 5.2, 6.3
Heavy duty 8.8, 11.2, 16.2 MPH
Sliding gear - 2 ranges
||2 speeds reverse
2.5, 7.9 MPH
||12 month, no hour limit