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What to do with my 1988 Craftsman GT18 Caterpillar


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Poll: Future of the Caterpiller GT18 (28 member(s) have cast votes)

What should I do with it?

  1. Strip it of all the good parts I installed and sell the rest (1 votes [3.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.57%

  2. Keep it and repower it with a water cooled 2 cylinder diesel (8 votes [28.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.57%

  3. Sell it to CAT for the ridicules price I have in it so far (3 votes [10.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.71%

  4. Try to fix it for the umpteenth time in hopes it actually behaves itself (16 votes [57.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 57.14%

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#1 wvbuzzmaster OFFLINE  

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Posted April 05, 2015 - 09:29 PM

Need help making a decision on what to do with my 1988 Craftsman GT18 / 6000 Caterpillar painted garden tractor. I have more in it than it is worth, and quit using it the last time I fried the starter. It has a winch lifted sleeve hitch, a car alternator, loaded ATV tires, and a good running (if it ever starts) 18hp Briggs opposed twin. Several here know the tractor, and know that I quit plowing with it after buying a disc plow for the Farmall Cub, and now quit using it to move trailers around with the addition of the Cub Cadet 102. So here is the question, what do I do with it. Please vote.
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Posted April 05, 2015 - 09:47 PM

You have to fix it!!! It was the tractor you had when I first came to the site!! Don't make me come down there and fix it myself!! :D


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Posted April 05, 2015 - 09:53 PM

Ok, you asked... :D
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Posted April 05, 2015 - 09:58 PM

If it says Cat on it, it has to stay. No matter how much grief, frustration, and loss of money it causes.
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Posted April 05, 2015 - 09:59 PM

If it says Cat on it, it has to stay. No matter how much grief, frustration, and loss of money it causes.


Wow, does this explain a LOT!
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Posted April 05, 2015 - 10:00 PM

If it says Cat on it, it has to stay. No matter how much grief, frustration, and loss of money it causes.


Alan, does this mean we have to keep Cat? Lol

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Posted April 05, 2015 - 10:02 PM

If it says Cat on it, it has to stay. No matter how much grief, frustration, and loss of money it causes.

  

Wow, does this explain a LOT!


I just wanted to say it in case George is busy and doesn't have time to. Don't forget, you're about 85% responsible for much of the mayhem due to a phone call a few years back.
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Posted April 06, 2015 - 01:09 AM

Diesel    Diesel     Diesel



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Posted April 06, 2015 - 04:10 AM

You should fix it Casey. Do a bit of a mini refit on the engine. Fix all the iffy stuff, go over the wiring and replace the corroded or loose connections and you will have a reliable engine. If you can't bring yourself to do that crate it and ship it up North to me, postage paid of course. I'll put it in long term cold storage for you. 



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Posted April 06, 2015 - 05:06 AM

Fix it, Casey!



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Posted April 06, 2015 - 05:16 AM

I voted to " Fix it" for the stupid reason you learned  a whole lot having it so long , if you had a JD like my 318 like I have  for almost 30 years , yes you would have learn to replace the motor once  , belts a few times  , but not much more lol



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Posted April 06, 2015 - 08:42 AM

Don't think I've seen this one.



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Posted April 06, 2015 - 09:27 AM

Education is expensive..sounds like this is the rig that schooled you.I say fix it.



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Posted April 06, 2015 - 09:46 AM

Sounds like its unanimous, fix it.

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Posted April 06, 2015 - 09:53 AM

Don't think I've seen this one.

Me either..I hope photos are forth coming..






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