I am now the proud new owner of this machine - it followed me home from Milwaukee in a dump trailer this weekend. Thanks to Mark for getting it running for Rick after its long sit. It's a beaut! Rick and I thought we were going to have to ask Mark to make a "house call" to get it started on Sunday morning - until we thought to open the fuel shut-off on the sediment bowl! It's the easy things that'll get ya'!
This machine was very lightly used in its working life. The original owner was a mason who reportedly used it to lift steel beam into place when raising houses, and also cultivated his asparagus patch with the ripper - really.
I'll need to weld the dozer (snow pusher) blade a bit, and adjust the steering clutches so that the low range track clutches engage reliably, but it is, as Mark said, in near mint condition. There are only a couple of fasteners which are not original, as best I can tell. I've never seen a Speedcat in this original of condition. It is truly remarkable.
Incidentally, if anyone has or can obtain photos of a Speedcat dozer blade rigged to use the lift arms for raising (and lowering) it, I'd be very grateful. The manual shows a lift chain in the exploded view, but no obvious connection on either end of the chain to either the outside frame for the blade, or to the lift arms. I can "cobble" something that will work, but I'd rather do it right.
Any tips on proper manipulation of the diverter valves (to switch from bucket curl to ripper control) would also be appreciated from those with direct experience.
If anyone has questions or needs details/dimensions/photos to restore their own machine, let me know. I'll see what I can do, though my current primary recreational engineering task is to get a garage up before the weather turns (end of October, at the latest). The Speedcat is slated for site-prep duties for a slab foundation, then assisting in raising a timber frame (if I can get it past the county building inspector's nose!). Also, I won't engage in serious disemboweling of the machine just to get internal dimensions of the tranny or some such, unless I already need to tear it apart for another reason - there is work to be done and the maples are already starting to turn. But, I'll attempt to honor reasonable requests, though perhaps in a less-than-timely fashion. I hope you all understand.
I'll try to get the original manual scanned and posted on Scribd, too. It's a bit stained, but I think I can get a legible scan put together for posterity. It's a bit different from the scan that Mead will send when you inquire, so is probably worth having posted online.
Check my Scribd account for cleaned up advertising copy which lists the specs for the three variants of Speedcat - dozer, high-lift loader and tractor. The text is still slightly muddled because the OCR software didn't properly recognize the justification in the original ad. I'll try to do a bit more manual cleanup, and repost it - when I get a chance, later in the year.
If anyone is "into" Allis-Chalmers or Simplicity tractors, PM me and I can pass on contact information for Rick. Mark would probably hook you up, too, though I don't want to volunteer him. Rick is selling off most of his extensive collection - almost everything is stored in steel pole barns and under canvas, too. Very clean, well-cared-for iron. No, I did not see a Model G (just in case anyone was thinking of asking!).
Edited by walking_tractor, August 08, 2016 - 12:02 PM.