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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted August 29, 2012 - 10:56 AM

Normally my tractor projects have been listed in the "garden tractor" forums.
Not sure of exactly where to put this one I decided that this section of the forum might be the best as this crawler is about the same size as a lot of the utility tractors.

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This is a 1945 Lindeman BO crawler.
It has a John Deere model-B engine and transmission and the parts to make it a crawler were made by the Lindeman Company of Yakima, Washington.
I got this as a "basket case" at a farm auction in the summer of 1978 and rebuilt it that winter.

The loader was built by: Mid-Western Industries Inc of Racine, Wisconsin and is model #F-32 Serial #1456.
It was built for: Massey-Harris-Ferguson Inc.

Lindeman never built a crawler with a front end loader.
I built the crawler up to use for driveway maintenance and doing landscaping around the property and I adapted the loader to it while I was rebuilding the crawler back in 1978.

The crawler has been used on a regular basis over the last 30 some years.
It has had the drive clutch replaced twice and now both steering clutches are getting bad and need to be replaced.
The old paint job is also really showing it's age so I decided it is time to tear it down and redo it again.

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The hydraulic hoses for the cylinders are removed.

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I drew up a diagram of where the hoses went and numbered them so I know which hose goes where and which end goes on the valve port and which end goes on the cylinder port.

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Then the cylinders were removed and the loader arms are unbolted from the upright supports.

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The front loader assembly is then lifted up and the crawler is backed out from underneath it.

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The loader arms are set down on a pair of jack stands so it can later be sanded down for re-painting.

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Here are some of the parts that have been taken off so far.

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The crawler is now ready to be put up on stands so the tracks and the rest of the loader upright supports can be removed.

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Posted August 29, 2012 - 11:27 AM

Ray, Looking forward to restore, I know it will be amazing just like all the rest. :thumbs:
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 11:45 AM

This will be fun to follow. Thanks for taking us along, Ray!
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 11:54 AM

This should be another great restoration to follow. Thanks for taking such great photographs Ray.
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 01:13 PM

I sure enjoy your projects thanks for sharing.
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 02:00 PM

Awesome. looking forward to it.
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 03:52 PM

Ray this is another interesting thread this is a machine most of us would never see if it were not for you sharing.

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Posted August 29, 2012 - 06:13 PM

This is going to be an interesting project, thanks for taking us along, you do a great job of documenting your progress.
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 07:01 PM

Exciting project, nice shop, thanks for letting us inside :thumbs:
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 07:09 PM

Your paint job in need of redoing looks better then my new paint jobs. :smilewink: You really know how to make a guy feel bad don't you.
I see you converted it to a 12 volt system. Good idea in cold weather. Good luck with your project :thumbs:
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 07:20 PM

The crawler is setting up on jack stands and I took off the two track pads over the master link in the track chain.
After 30 years of use, it takes an air wrench and a torch to heat up the nuts to get the track pad bolts off.

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The master link is then rotated forward so it is supported on the front roller and the pin is hammered out of the link.
The two sides of the link are held together with two "C" clamps while the pin was removed.

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The track is then rolled off the rear sprocket and laid out on the floor.

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I didn't take any photos of this when I first put it together 34 years ago because it was just a beat up old crawler that I was putting together so I would have something to move dirt.

Now that I'm taking it apart again, I can show you how the loader was engineered to fit.
Lindeman mounted the front support bar in a rubber sleeve that is held in place by a big clamp with four bolts ( shown in this photo ).

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I got an extra pair of those mounting blocks and rubber sleeve from a tractor junk yard down in Ohio.
The front of the clamps and the rubber sleeves were cut in half.
One half of a clamp and rubber sleeve was used to make the front mount for the upright loader support.

This front mount is also made so it slides into the bottom of the support so there is some room for flexing forward or backward.

The other half of the clamp and sleeve was used to make the rear mount for the upright support.

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There is a 3/4 inch diameter bracing bar that mounts to the top of the upright support and fastens to the rear of the crawler.
This bar is also mounted in a rubber pad.

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Because everything is mounted in rubber, I've not had any broken castings or cracked welds in the 30 years that I have used this little crawler.
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 07:37 PM

That last one looks like the control arm bushings on my 79 F350. No cracks because somebody thought ahead is the kind of engineering
we don't see on a lot of this new "disposable" stuff. Nice work and great photos explaining things along the way. :thumbs:
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 08:00 PM

Will Cat track rails fit on this, or are these from something else?
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 08:39 PM

Your paint job in need of redoing looks better then my new paint jobs. :smilewink: You really know how to make a guy feel bad don't you.

How true , I had to go back through the post a few times , I thought Ray ALREADY painted it lol , Al
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 08:40 PM

This will deffinetly be a good one to follow! I must say, you have taken care of it very well!
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