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Posted October 21, 2012 - 01:19 PM

Excellent ray
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Posted October 21, 2012 - 01:49 PM

Bummer, your almost done. Now whatcha going to do? :D
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Posted October 21, 2012 - 02:16 PM

Looks great, Ray! That's going to be a sweet looking crawler!
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Posted October 21, 2012 - 06:02 PM

Bummer, your almost done. Now whatcha going to do? :D

Still a lot to do yet.
I haven't even started on any of the front end loader parts yet and there is still about 28 foot of track to refinish.

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Posted October 21, 2012 - 09:32 PM

Think I jumped the gun. Guess I'm going to have to wait a while to see what you have up your sleeve.
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Posted October 26, 2012 - 11:41 AM

Piece by piece, the crawler is slowly going back together.

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 04:28 PM

Looking real good, Ray! Takes a bit longer to put it back together.
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Posted October 26, 2012 - 05:23 PM

Hurry up and get it back together so you can bring it down here and get it dirty again. LOL


It is looking great
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Posted October 28, 2012 - 04:59 AM

Wow !!!
Ray,you're out doing yourself again.Looking some good. :thumbs:
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Posted October 30, 2012 - 03:56 PM

The upright supports for the loader were sanded down and re-painted over the weekend.
Today I got them mounted back on the crawler.

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This loader was originally made for the Massey-Harris-Ferguson Company and came off a tractor that was built between 1953 and 1958.
I had to modify these supports a lot to get them to fit on the crawler.
The uprights are rotated 90 degrees from the way they were mounted on the tractor and some of the clearances between the crawler and the upright tubes are tight.
The part of the upright that originally fastened to the frame of the tractor is now pointed up and the loader arms mount to it.
What was originally the "upright" part on the tractor is now the part that mounts to the crawler frame.
All the mounts for this loader support are mounted in rubber and there is no "metal to metal" contact between the loader supports and the crawler frame.

The upright tubes have a 1/4 inch thick support plate welded to each side of them.
The outside support plate on each tube fits over the final drive housing on both sides.

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Here you can see the clearance between the support plate and the drive housing.

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The upright tube on the left side has about 1/2 inch clearance between it and the flywheel.

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There is only about 1/4 inch clearance between the hydraulic valve and the side of the battery box.
The rear bracing bar for the upright tube on this side has about a 1/2 inch clearance between it and the hydraulic valve leavers.

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There is an inch or more clearance around the clutch pulley.

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And about 3/4 inch clearance between the face of the clutch pulley and the forward bracing bar.

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With both of the upright support tubes tucked in tight like this, it leaves about 1 inch clearance between the inside edge of the track and the side of the upright support tubes.

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Posted October 30, 2012 - 04:35 PM

Great progress Ray, glad it is coming together.

Speaking of tracks are you thinking of painting both sides of the tracks or just the chain side?
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Posted October 30, 2012 - 04:50 PM

That is going to be so nice when finished,that you want want to use it. :D
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Posted October 30, 2012 - 05:40 PM

Speaking of tracks are you thinking of painting both sides of the tracks or just the chain side?


Chain side only .....
A lot of guys paint both sides of the tracks on these Lindemans but that makes as much sense to me as painting the tires on a tractor.
As soon as you move the crawler you start scuffing up the paint on the outside of the tracks.
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Posted October 30, 2012 - 05:54 PM

Looks good, Ray. Thanks for taking us through the gymnastics of making things fit.
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Posted October 30, 2012 - 06:30 PM

Chain side only .....
A lot of guys paint both sides of the tracks on these Lindemans but that makes as much sense to me as painting the tires on a tractor.
As soon as you move the crawler you start scuffing up the paint on the outside of the tracks.


That is what I figure too Ray, that is why I asked. Looks pretty for the first 20 seconds while you are starting the crawler and putting it in gear, but the moment you let out the clutch the next few hundred feet are painful to watch lol.
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