QUESTION: What does the "I" in J.I. Case stand for?
We can tell a lot from its designation as a model VAC14. The VA designation means that it is a standard tread tire. An "I" designation after the VA means that it was intended for industrial purposes. An "H" suggests it's a higher clearance. The "C" means it is a 'tricycle row-crop.' In tractor lingo, that means it has the large rear tires one associates with most tractors, with the tiny front tire (or tires) made for farming. The purpose of the VAC tractor is to fit between crop lines. The front wheel tire dynamic is where the number codes come into play. Does it have one or two tiny front tires? Now, the number determines what you get. The VAC11 offers a single front wheel design, the 12 is a dual front wheel, and the 13 offers an adjustable wide-front row-crop. The 14 is essentially the same design as the 13, with the distinction that it is a lowered version.
The Case VA series tractor was first introduced to the market in 1942, just in time for the beginning of World War II, which means very few civilian tractors were sold prior to America's getting into the war. Then, production of them early on was exclusively for military use. By 1944, the government did permit Case to sell tractors to regular farmers, notable because the war had not yet ended, which suggests either a confidence in the course of the conflict or an unavoidable need for agriculture for regular Americans. VA series tractors were made until 1953, when they were discontinued, then re-instituted on a much smaller scale until finally being retired completely in 1956.
ANSWER: B) Increase. We mentioned it in a blog earlier this week, so hopefully you were paying attention.