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#16 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted August 29, 2012 - 09:49 PM

That last one looks like the control arm bushings on my 79 F350.

The rear rubber pads were for a 73 Ford mustang control arms.


Will Cat track rails fit on this, or are these from something else?

I have no idea .....
There is nothing wrong with the ones I have though.


I had to go back through the post a few times , I thought Ray ALREADY painted it , Al

Photos are very deceiving.
The paint is dual in a lot of places and the hood is spiderwebed bad.
I never stripped the old paint off when I first did this so you can see a lot of paint chips thru the paint.


I must say, you have taken care of it very well!

Even though the paint job wasn't done well, it still looks decent because the crawler was always stored inside out of the weather.
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 10:10 PM

Ray your doing great I cant wait to see her all done up next year at Buckley.
I love the look's of that old Lindeman with and without the loader I hope I can get something like it some day.

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Posted August 30, 2012 - 02:07 AM

The reason why I asked about the rails, is because I have found that a lot of tracked machines will use Cat track parts.

At the rock quarry we had 3 tracked drills made by 3 different companies and all 3 used Cat rollers and rails. The track frames were not not Cat units, but most of the other items were.
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 03:50 AM

That is built to last, for sure! Thanks for enlightening us as to how it is put together.
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 05:06 AM

Ray,looks like you're off to a great start on this resto.
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 01:07 PM

When I modified the upright supports to fit the crawler, I made them in three separate pieces that bolt together so that one side could be removed at a time.
This way if I only need to work on one side the whole loader assembly wouldn't have to be removed.

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However in this case, both steering clutches need replacing so the whole loader is coming off anyway but the separate pieces does make it easier to remove it from the crawler.
The crawler is now striped down far enough that the bull gear covers can be unbolted and removed.

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Posted August 31, 2012 - 12:00 PM

good thinking on your part, Ray! That will make it simpler to put back on too. I love reading you threads!
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Posted August 31, 2012 - 01:39 PM

good thinking on your part, Ray! That will make it simpler to put back on too. I love reading you threads!


He is right! Great engineering, Ray!
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Posted August 31, 2012 - 01:40 PM

The retaining clamp for the rear track sprockets had been welded on the shaft when I got this crawler so the sprockets can't be removed by them selves.
The sprocket and final drive housing is being supported by the lift cart during removable.

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The final drive is separated from the crawler.

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The separator plate and pinion gear are still on the crawler.

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Removing the separator plate also takes the brake drum off the clutch pack.

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This is the clutch drive hub with the clutch pack removed.

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The different parts of the clutch packs are sorted out so I can decide what parts need to be ordered for replacement.
I have 8 clutch plates with riveted friction disc and 2 with bonded friction disc.

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Posted August 31, 2012 - 01:47 PM

Like all your projects I'm sure this still be awesome. I look forward to watching your progress.

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Posted August 31, 2012 - 01:49 PM

Looks like that this is made of 100% heavy parts! But that is why it has lasted, keep up the great work!
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Posted August 31, 2012 - 01:52 PM

First time I have seen something like this, Ray! Always wondered what was in there for turning. I'm sure other brands are a bit different, but similar in the way they work. Getting educated. Thanks!
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Posted September 02, 2012 - 09:36 AM

I was asked: " what does the spring do by your right foot? "
That spring engages the drive clutch drum on the engine.

When I first got this crawler running, I felt it was kind of awkward trying to operate the steering clutch and the hand clutch on the engine at the same time so I decided to put a foot operated clutch on it.

Here is a closer view of the rear of the crawler.
There is a foot pedal on the left side that operates a jack shaft that is mounted to the underside of the rear cover plate.
The pedal arm had to be formed so it would move up and down in-between the backing plate and the curved bar that runs across the back for the draw bar.

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The pedal is angled over so it is close to the left foot pad.

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A rod is attached to the right side of the jack shaft and comes up in front of the backing plate.
This attaches to a lever on another jack shaft that is mounted on top of the backing plate.

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The drive clutch rod is operated off the left side of this upper jack shaft.
There is a lever on the back of this upper jack shaft with an arm that goes down to an "over center" cam that is bolted to the backing plate and the big spring is mounted to this cam.

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When the foot pedal is pushed down, the drive clutch rod is pushed forward to open the clutch and engage the clutch drum brake.
The cam on the backing plate is rotated so the mounting bracket for the big spring is brought up over center.
This takes the spring pressure off the clutch pedal so my foot doesn't get tired while I'm holding the pedal down.

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When I release the clutch pedal, the cam rotates off the center point and the big spring pulls on the linkage so the drive clutch is snapped into place to drive the crawler.
The smaller spring mounted to the upper jack shaft lever is just enough tension to pull the cam off center so the bigger spring can pull it down.

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I realize this is sort of a complicated looking linkage but I had to design a system that would fit within the limited space that was available on the back of the crawler.
The linkage works very well and once it was all adjusted, I haven't had to change it in the 30+ years that I've been working the crawler.
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Posted September 02, 2012 - 11:54 AM

That is some impressive engineering. Thanks for the details
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Posted September 04, 2012 - 07:01 PM

Very impressive execution of a complex solution to the foot pedal clutch. Those hand activated clutches have their place and I prefer it on a regular full-size tractor in some situations, but I agree on a crawler your design is better and safer as well. NICE !! and thank you for the excellent visual education provided by your photos :thumbs:
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