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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted September 24, 2012 - 04:41 PM

Time to take the greasy parts to the carwash and clean them off.
The tracks are setting on the floor in front of the crawler so they have to be loaded first.
I loaded them one at a time on the forklift and took them out to the trailer.

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Here's the second track being loaded.
I just slid them off the forks and let them drop down onto the trailer.

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The tracks are laid out so they can be washed.
They had to be kept back far enough to leave room for the crawler in front of them.
I pulled the end up and chained it to the trailer ramps so I can easily wash the whole track.

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The crawler was then picked up in the front with the forklift and carefully brought outside so I can get the forklift in behind it.

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Here she is just ready to slip onto the trailer.

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Set the crawler down on the trailer and backed the forklift out from under it.

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Then I loaded up the rest of the parts that need to be power washed.

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All cleaned up and ready to go back home.

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Posted September 24, 2012 - 04:50 PM

Looking good, Ray! Glad you were able to get things situated for cleaning! Now to off load and paint!
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Posted September 24, 2012 - 07:47 PM

You're moving right along on this one! That crawler sure does look tiny without all of the accouterments on it! I must say too Ray that your "before the car wash" pictures look as good as most of my after ones!
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Posted September 24, 2012 - 09:30 PM

Glad you were able to load the crawler Ray. Looking good.
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Posted September 25, 2012 - 04:32 AM

Sure doesn't look very big sitting there on the trailer.
You're making good headway.
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Posted September 25, 2012 - 08:04 AM

Sure doesn't look very big sitting there on the trailer.

The crawlers aren't very big to start with but they sure are heavy.
In stock form they are only about 5 foot wide and 7 foot long and weigh 4,500 pounds without any attachments.
Mine weighs 5,960 pounds with the loader on it.
Striped down like it is I would think it still weighs around 3,000 pounds.

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 09:35 AM

Sure looks like that fork lift comes in handy. I like how you chained the tracks onto the ramps. Thanks for the washing photographs.
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Posted September 25, 2012 - 02:13 PM

Pretty neat. Did you have to flip stuff over at the carwash or did you just do one side.
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Posted September 25, 2012 - 03:53 PM

Striped down like it is I would think it still weighs around 3,000 pounds.


Did it make the forklift a wee bit light in the arse end? Your photo cut off the bottom of the tires, I can't see if they were squished down much......

How much further does it get torn down for paint, Ray?
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Posted September 25, 2012 - 04:21 PM

Pretty neat. Did you have to flip stuff over at the carwash or did you just do one side.

The parts on the front of the trailer had to be turned over ( I decided not to try and flip the crawler over though )

Did it make the forklift a wee bit light in the arse end? Your photo cut off the bottom of the tires, I can't see if they were squished down much......

How much further does it get torn down for paint, Ray?

The back of the forklift did feel a little light with the weight hanging out so far in the front but those new 10-ply forklift tires with 80 pounds in them didn't squash at all.

This is stripped down as far as I'm going to take it.
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Posted September 25, 2012 - 04:25 PM

Aww comon you know you could have flipped the crawler
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Posted September 25, 2012 - 04:31 PM

Ray just let me know next time you need the Lindeman flipped over I'll bring the Kittytrack up to do it......
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Posted September 29, 2012 - 09:33 AM

I had made up a pair of tie down brackets out of a piece of flat steel with a "U" bolt welded to it.
These bolted on the ends of the front crossbar for mounting the tracks.

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They worked just fine but the chain hook would rub the paint off of the side of the "V" bracket for the front roller adjuster.
So I decided to put these tie down brackets in the press and bend them out a little for more clearance for the chain hook.
It looked like they were bending OK and then they snapped in two.

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Rather than just re-weld these tie downs I decided to make new ones that would look better and have more clearance.
Started with a piece of 1/4 inch thick angle iron.

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Drilled a hole in it for the mounting bolt.

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Bolted the bracket to the end of the crossbar and heated up the corners so I could hammer them over to form them around the crossbar.
One corner is finished here.

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Once both corners were re-shaped, I drilled a hole in the bottom of the angle for the tie down hook and trimmed the back edge off at an angle.
Here is the finished bracket.

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Here is how it looks mounted on the end of the crossbar.

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The bent over corner on the front of the bracket had to be trimmed back to allow clearance for the "V" bracket on the roller adjuster.
You can see where the paint has been rubbed off the side of the "V" bracket.

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This is the tie down bracket on the other side.
The corners of the bracket being formed over the crossbar keep the bracket from twisting and the tie down hole now has plenty of clearance.

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Posted September 29, 2012 - 10:09 AM

Nice solution to the issue, Ray! I learn so much from folks like you posting these threads. Thank you!
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Posted September 29, 2012 - 10:53 AM

Nice work Ray. Your project is coming along very nicely.
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