I found this dozer 2 weeks ago on a mission to purchase a couple non-running honda spree mopeds. They were stored in another shed, couple parts were missing that I asked about. He replied "well they used to be stored in this other shed, lets go look." He rolled the door open and my eyes beheld one of the most wonderful sights I've ever seen. I rank it #4 sights I've beheld. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 would be wife and 2 kids related, I'm getting off topic here. Anyway, this is what I saw...
Exact words (pardon the french): F*%# THE SCOOTERS, HOW MUCH FOR THE DOZER!!!
He said his dad bought it new (late 60's), and he remembers assembling it in their garage when he was a kid. Said they had endless fun with it. Used it for snow removal, etc. One day (1980s) they just parked it and never started it again. Around this part of the story, my heart was sinking fast. Trust me when I say this guy didn't need money, and trust me when I say I'm not rich. Looking real likely that it'd take two fistfuls of benjamins to pry this guy from his fond memories on it. So we go back to the scooters, locate all the parts, close the deal, blahblahblah. When I'm leaving, I bring up the dozer. He said "I need to get rid of some clutter while i'm still healthy. If you're not buying it to profit from it, I'll shoot in the dark and say $500. If you won't pay that for it, I'll run it by some local tractor collectors and see what they think it's worth. Likely more than $500." I knew he was right so I spent the weekend selling some of my unneeded stuff and I borrowed the rest from the bank of dad to go get it before he changed his mind (dad wants to buy out my share and keep it LOL). Dad helped me get it home and now I'm REALLY stoked about it. Took $14 to get the engine running like new (new fuel valve/screen, fuel hose, spark plug, carb cleaner, quart of oil, and a new o ring for the float bowl). Gas tank looked like new inside. Tracks are only pitted on the bottoms where it sat on rock, apparently they got flooded at some point also. Penetrating oil had them freed up in one day. This thing has never been left outside, from the looks of it. I couldn't have asked for a better one to find.
I forgot the part about how I've wanted a tracked vehicle my whole life. I had "bulldozer ownership" on my bucket list, now I guess I can check it off for much cheaper than originally thought ( though I did think hard about an old cletrac I watched on an auction once.) Anyway, now that I'm done writing this book, I'll add some more pics of us getting it and me and my kids wrenching on it. The hood and grille DID come with it, unbolted.
Next post will be my currently unresolved issues with getting it to actually move.
Edited by boostedbuick, March 25, 2012 - 11:05 PM.