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Posted October 31, 2012 - 04:56 PM

Believe it or not we used to piant the tracks on our Tanks when I was stationed in West Berlin.
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Posted November 05, 2012 - 10:43 AM

The tracks are painted and the crawler is being set back down on them.

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A block of wood is placed inbetween the front roller and the rear sprocket.
Then the front of the track is pulled up over the front roller and hooked onto the rear sprocket.
The block of wood keeps the tracking from dropping down on the track carriage frame.

The rear of the track is also pulled up onto the sprocket.

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The pin is then pushed thru the track links.

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The front roller is adjusted out to take up the slack in the track and the two track pads are bolted in place.

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Then the roller covers can be put back on.

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Making a front end loader fit this little crawler was a real challenge because there just wasn't very much room between the tracks and the crawler.
Earlier I had said there was about an inch of clearance between the edge of the track and the side of the upright supports for the loader but I was wrong about that.
At the tightest point, there is only about 1/2 inch clearance but that is still enough that there has never been any problem with anything rubbing.

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Posted November 05, 2012 - 10:58 AM

Nice to see the update. I hadn't seen any lately was wondering if you were feeling OK?
Looks very nice. I'll bet it will feel good to know everything is in top shape again.
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Posted November 05, 2012 - 12:16 PM

Great work as usual Ray. So what is still left to do to complete it?
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Posted November 05, 2012 - 03:59 PM

So what is still left to do to complete it?

Still need to sand down and refinish the loader arms, bucket and hydraulic cylinders.
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Posted November 05, 2012 - 04:21 PM

She's really lookin' good Ray.
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Posted November 05, 2012 - 05:43 PM

Good to see it back on tracks. I'm sure you feel the same! That is your usual awesome work!
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Posted November 08, 2012 - 05:49 PM

Ray,I think I need to hire you to come up here and do up some of mine. :D I can't seem to find the time to work on them. :(
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Posted November 09, 2012 - 07:33 AM

I may have missed it but what paint did you use for this project?
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Posted November 09, 2012 - 10:30 AM

I may have missed it but what paint did you use for this project?

Here is what I'm using on this project.
The enamel paint is from TSC.
They have a hardener for this paint but I had almost a gallon of PPG hardener left over from when I use to build streetrods.
This hardener is for urethane finishes but it also works with the oil based enamel that TSC sells.

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Posted November 09, 2012 - 05:05 PM

All I can say is it must work great because it sure is shiny. I would have never thought to try mixing things like that. Thanks for the information. Next time would you use something off the shelf please so we can duplicate your results. :D
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Posted November 09, 2012 - 07:58 PM

All I can say is it must work great because it sure is shiny. I would have never thought to try mixing things like that. Thanks for the information. Next time would you use something off the shelf please so we can duplicate your results. :D

That's not a problem .. just use the hardener that they sell with the paint.
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Posted November 09, 2012 - 08:12 PM

That's not a problem .. just use the hardener that they sell with the paint.

Unfortunately from what I understand the hardener that TSC sold with their Valspar paint wasn't all the great either. I guess if
I had gone to a regular Valspar dealer and purchased their best hardener I would have had better results. Next time it's
back to Rustoleum's industrial paints and hardeners. Many years of excellent results with that in the past.
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Posted November 10, 2012 - 10:58 AM

Most of the loader arm assembly was sanded down to the metal.
Someone had drilled and tapped six holes in different locations so I welled them up and ground the welds down so the areas were smooth with the surface.
Some areas had some rust pitting, nicks or scratches so these were smoothed down, spot primed and a layer of red glazing putty was applied to them to fill the pits and scratches.

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I let the glazing putty dry over night and then I sanded everything down smooth and primed it with the red oxide primer.
The parts are now ready for paint.

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Posted November 10, 2012 - 11:40 AM

Loader frame looks great so far! This is going to look good.
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