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Posted September 29, 2012 - 07:01 PM

Looking great Ray, glad you made some new anchor brackets. One thing though, what keeps the holes from elongating from usage?
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Posted September 30, 2012 - 08:39 AM

Looking great Ray, glad you made some new anchor brackets. One thing though, what keeps the holes from elongating from usage?

Interesting point Casey and I have been thinking about that since you asked.
The metal is 1/4 inch think and the area around the hole is 5/16 to 3/8 inch wide so it is a strong hooking point and I think it would take a lot to stretch the metal.
On the other hand, I do have a tendency to latch this crawler down tight so there is a lot of pressure on the tie downs so I think I'll add some metal around the hole to reinforce that area.
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Posted September 30, 2012 - 09:57 AM

If that is a tie-down for hauling, I would want more 'meat' there. I wasn't sure before what these would be used for.
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Posted September 30, 2012 - 01:26 PM

I wondered about it stretching too. I know it is pretty easy to bend and stretch metal while tying things down. That is sure enough a beautiful tie down point though.
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Posted September 30, 2012 - 03:43 PM

It's been my experience that its hard to get enough chains on a piece of equipment to tie it down. If it wants to slid off, the chains really won't stop much.
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Posted October 01, 2012 - 11:28 AM

Both tie down brackets are removed and the primer sand blasted off them.
I welded a big lock washer to the bottom of the bracket to make it thicker.

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A piece of 3/8 inch diameter rod is welded to one side of the bracket and then heated up and bent around to the other side where it is again welded to the bracket.

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The top surface of the bracket is brazed to fill in the gap between the flat bracket edge and the round rod.
The bracket is now 1/2 inch thick and a minimum of 5/8 inch wide around the hole.

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Here is the "strengthened" tie down bracket re-mounted on the crawler.
I don't think it will stretch out now.

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Edited by jdcrawler, October 01, 2012 - 11:30 AM.

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Posted October 01, 2012 - 12:32 PM

Looks a bit beefier. Good work.
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Posted October 01, 2012 - 01:09 PM

Looks great now Ray, definitely stout enough to keep the crawler secured for hauling, but keep an eye on it the first trip or two out to be certain.
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 09:36 AM

Besides making new tie down brackets, I have been working on getting the "yellow" parts ready for painting.
Paint stripper was used to get much of the old paint off and that took it down to the original finish.

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From there I used 150 grit sandpaper to smooth the sprocket castings down and finished them with Rustoleum red oxide primer.

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The front rollers fit into the sandblast cabinet so I was able to strip them down farther.

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These were also sanded down and primed.

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Starting to do the painting.

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The painting is all finished.

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The lettering on the top of the radiator was painted along with the grille.
These letters will be individually taped off for painting the green.

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All the time I had used this crawler for working around the property, I had never painted the lettering on the side of the track roller covers.
When I quit using this as a working crawler and started showing it, I then painted that lettering so it is still in good condition.
I sanded the area with a fine Scotch pad and painted it with a clear polyurethane.
This "rectangle" area of the lettering will then be masked off when I paint these covers green.

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When I got married back in 1967, I worked in a paint and body shop.
The enamel we used back then had to set over night before we could unmask it and the vehicle had to set 3 or 4 days before we let the owner have it back.

These new acrylic enamels with the hardener additive are dry to the touch in an hour and are sure a lot easier to spray.
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 10:00 AM

Awesome start on the painting there Ray. I can't wait to see the final result.
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 10:09 AM

I like the painting part, it's the prep work that I'm not fond of. Your is coming along nicely.
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 11:08 AM

Looking good.
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Posted October 03, 2012 - 05:56 AM

That is coming along nicely, Ray. I like what you did to the tie down, that should work well!
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Posted October 06, 2012 - 05:57 PM

Getting some of the "green" parts ready for painting.
I had originally painted this with DuPont acrylic enamel with the hardener and the paint on the main part of the crawler is still pretty solid with only a few areas that need to be sanded down where the paint is chipped or scratched.
The transmission shifter cover is easy to remove so I took it off and used a paint stripper on it.

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I had to apply and remove the stripper three times before it finely got most of the paint off.

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Some of the smaller parts are either sand blasted or I used the stripper on them.
Here are a few of the parts ready to paint.
The radiator still needs to have the "John Deere" letters masked off but I won't do that until just before I start painting.

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After sanding on the main part of the crawler, the bare spots were primed for painting.
Today I finished masking up anything I didn't want to paint.
Two areas between the spokes were left open so I can spray down thru the holes to reach the the areas around the axles.

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Posted October 06, 2012 - 06:24 PM

Great news Ray, looks awesome so far.
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