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Posted March 30, 2012 - 11:24 AM

Been dozing back all the old tree laps in pasture from logging a couple years ago. My old IH T340 hi-lift has been getting quite a workout. I ask a lot more of this little dozer than it was meant to do.
I first filled in a large gully that we lost a cow in last week so that would never happen again. When I finished that, then I started on the tree laps. I should finish today IF nothing else breaks on the dozer. So far a bolt backed out of the forward/reverse shuttle coupler, making forward un-useable. Got that repaired, then yesterday my right main control steering/brake lever broke off in my hand! Broke off down low, and requires taking entire trans cover off to remove for welding. So I welded it in place. Top side I ground to a V so I could weld nearly to the bottom. Built the top side up, then cut a welding rod short so I could do the underside, while using a mirror to see what I was doing. Been using it a couple hours & holding firm!
Jobs like this have to get done soon, as the grass is jumping. Plus it'll be time to empty the manure pit next week, then soon after start planting corn.
I'll try to get some dozing pics later today.

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 11:48 AM

Daniel, your problem solving ability never ceases to amaze me! Welding using a mirror! That couldn't have been easy.

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 12:14 PM

I have a bit of seat time on a T340. It was a '64 that had a Drott 4-in-1 bucket on it, plus it had a 3-pt and PTO on the rear.

I don't remember any shuttle on it. Just a 4 spd with TA.

Little rascal sure would do a lot more work that you would think it could.

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 12:35 PM

Sounds like you are keeping plenty busy Dan. Welding with a mirror, thats a good one!!

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 12:41 PM

You sound busy as usual Dan. Can't wait to see pictures.

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 12:42 PM

Dad used to own a T-340 and think he still has a rear PTO clutch assembly he bought and never installed.

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 03:01 PM

I had a suspicion that you did NOT mean that you had been napping :laughingteeth: :laughingteeth:

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 03:24 PM

I have a bit of seat time on a T340. It was a '64 that had a Drott 4-in-1 bucket on it, plus it had a 3-pt and PTO on the rear.

I don't remember any shuttle on it. Just a 4 spd with TA.

Little rascal sure would do a lot more work that you would think it could.


Mine is a Drott with clam bucket as well, but 1200lbs of cast weights off the back to counter the loader. Has the block off plate for rear pto. Mine is a 5 spd forward, with the stick's reverse removed, as the reverse is on the shuttle. This way the reverse has 5 speeds as well, but little need for anything past 2nd unless going from place to place with no load.
I just finished pushing back one of the corn field's edges. Small trees & thickets creep over into the field, and without clearing, you never know where a small hole or gully is. With sloped fields you sure don't wanna drop the low side wheel in a hole! Clearing with a dozer is the only safe way. I didn't take the camera on the corn field trip.
Milked this morning, dozed through the day, now time to milk tonight. Good day though as I got a lot accomplished.
I shot some film clips too, but no time to put them together for Youtube. I'll try to do that tomorrow. But the video isn't good, as it's very hard to video when you need 3 to 4 hands for a dozer as it is, so dropping one to hold the camera sure makes it hard to operate.
I put all the laps into a small gully starting to form. This should help hold it in check better. In the one pic, you'll notice the bent muffler. That's why I built the topper with limb risers out of a Jeep CJ roll cage.


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Posted March 30, 2012 - 03:40 PM

Whew! I get tired just thinking about all you do.

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 04:41 PM

I agree, it's time for a nap after reading all you did Dan lol.

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 05:43 PM

I like the bent muffler...gives it a rakish look :laughingteeth:

Well at least you have a ROPS. The one I was running didn't, nor did it have any counterweight, and it could get downright scary at times.

If I remember right that has the C123 engine, right? One thing I always liked was the was those IH 4-cyl engines would bark when ya loaded them up real good.

When it comes to the 'big' tractors I've always been a "Red Guy".

Somewhere I have pics of a modified 1954 I-4 that I ran a lot. It too could get scary at times as well.

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 06:03 PM

I like the bent muffler...gives it a rakish look :laughingteeth:

Well at least you have a ROPS. The one I was running didn't, nor did it have any counterweight, and it could get downright scary at times.

If I remember right that has the C123 engine, right?


Well, this cage isn't up to ROP's standards, but it does protect against tree limbs, which is imperative. Oh heck, without this 1200lbs of counterweight, I can't imagine doing what I do with this thing. Yes, C123. Rebuilt this engine again 2 years or so ago. Had to get a new reground crank, as mine was shot. The bad thing about this engine is the oil pickup. On steep downhills, the engine oil pressure drops off bad. I have to run at least an extra quart of oil to prevent dry running. It still drops off some, but not completely.
Got milking done early, and was going to drag old steel out of one of the gullies I worked near, but decided I've done enough today. I drug some out with the doer today...maybe 1/2 ton worth. I'm off cow duty tomorrow, so in the morning I'll go load this steel up. It's next to a corn field, so I need to get it out before planting time.

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 06:04 PM

Oh, & here is the broken steering control arm I welded up.

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 06:06 PM

Daniel, your problem solving ability never ceases to amaze me! Welding using a mirror! That couldn't have been easy.



LOTS easier than pulling the main trans cover off! :smilewink:

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 06:15 PM

You really didn't leave yourself much to work with did you. Nice repair!




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