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#1 fireman OFFLINE  

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Posted March 03, 2014 - 10:12 AM

Hey All,

I picked this up almost 2 years ago and have had it tucked away waiting for time to restore it. I have been gathering information on it ever since and now have the original manual, brochures, price lists etc. I have also been in contact with Jerome who restored his and have gotten some great tips and info that will help me with mine. I already have a local metal house set to manufacture new track pads. I also have a list of new parts including bearings, belts and drive chain that I need to order. It's on the lift and I have started to dis-assemble it. I know I have some metal in the bottom of the body that will need to be cut out and replaced once I get it sandblasted. Like Jerome I plan on running rubber on the track pads. My goal is to have this done for the Fall Festival in September at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum in Kent, CT. We'll see what happens.

 

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Posted March 03, 2014 - 10:48 AM

That's a nice looking Kitty. Almost too good to restore, in my opinion. They're only original once!!



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Posted March 03, 2014 - 11:51 AM

I agree with DougT.

If that is the original paint and decals, it is in way to good a condition to "restore".

They are extreamly hard to find in that original condition.

 

However, if that is a re-paint, than by all means go ahead and restore it.


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Posted March 03, 2014 - 12:43 PM

it looks like somebody restored it years ago - all but the tracks

to see an original you have to come to Marshalltown Ia 

Lennox has one in there show room



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Posted March 03, 2014 - 12:47 PM

I hope to see you and it there. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted March 03, 2014 - 01:50 PM

It actually looks a lot better in the pictures then in real life. I wouldn't say this has been restored before but someone did repaint it at some time. I'm under the same rule that it's only original once but this one is far from a survivor. Every bearing is shot! The tracks and drive chains have had it. I had it running (barely) when I first got it. Not sure of the condition of the engine but I will rebuild the carb, do a compression test and see where it goes from there. There is a bunch of metal that will need to be cut out and replaced. Both foot areas and areas in the bottom below the seat need replacement. Hopefully it will look as good as Jerome's came out. I'm more of a mechanical, machining, and welding guy instead of a body guy but I should be able to handle it. The same metal house that is going to make the new tracks also does powder coating some I going to have them do pretty much all the parts that are yellow. The rest I will paint myself. 

 

Here are a few pictures showing the "BAD" metal. Looks like someone patched a hole in the hood also. Looks great on the top but no grinding or finishing underneath.

 

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Posted March 03, 2014 - 04:29 PM

looking forward to seeing the finished product!! im doing a struck md 55 now



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Posted March 03, 2014 - 06:21 PM

yep, looks like a paint-over for sure. Think part of problem is NO holes for waters and dirt to fall out of and just collects and rusts.  Wonder if you could put some in or expanded metal where your feet go or ?? to keep from happening again. The battery box also needs one of those special absorber pads to keep acid damage away. Maybe a hole or two in it? If you make small holes, then bend down the edges, say with a ball or curved item in a press, it will look like stamped that way.



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Posted March 03, 2014 - 06:41 PM

Once this dozer is restored it will never see a drop of water or bad weather . It will purely be for show. I keep all my tractors in my heated workshop. I will put a battery tray and pad under the battery.



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Posted March 03, 2014 - 07:52 PM

looks like a good project. does this one have starter/gen? we have one with and one without. think maybe the pull start is older, don't know for sure though.

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Posted March 03, 2014 - 08:30 PM

Good to talk to you over the phone cant wait to see her all done.



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Posted March 03, 2014 - 08:30 PM

looks like a good project. does this one have starter/gen? we have one with and one without. think maybe the pull start is older, don't know for sure though.

 

Lennox built both each year a pull start and one with a starter.

 

His is a newer one by the hood and holes in the drive area.


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Posted March 03, 2014 - 09:02 PM

This does have the electric start. There were 2 models offered. The electric start was the KTEI-600-2 and cost $540. The pull start was the KTI-600-2 and cost $450. This was for the 1964-65 year.


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 07:50 PM

I recently aquired a kitty track with electric start however the engine is missing the shroud piece that has the id numbers. making it impossible to look for the carb linkages that are missing.  perhaps some one could supply me with the model  numbers from one with orginal engine, that i could use to search. thanks Ron



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Posted November 02, 2014 - 10:08 PM

I recently aquired a kitty track with electric start however the engine is missing the shroud piece that has the id numbers. making it impossible to look for the carb linkages that are missing.  perhaps some one could supply me with the model  numbers from one with orginal engine, that i could use to search. thanks Ron

 

Hi Ron send me a Pm so I dont forget and I'll take look at mine for you.


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