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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted September 05, 2011 - 03:15 PM

Last weekend we were at a tractor show and a guy comes up and says he has a small crawler he would like to sell.
He lives about 100 miles from us and we went to look at the crawler today

It was sitting in the back of an old semi trailer.
Here's the crawler after we got all the motorcycle parts cleared away.

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We got everything loaded in the back of the truck and I took a couple of photos after we got back home.

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It is a 1963 Kittytrack made by the Lennox furnace company.
It is complete and in fairly good condition except for the tracks.
Included are a lawn mower and a snow blower.
He said it ran good when he put it away about 15 years ago.

Both the mower and snow blower turn freely and the bearings feel good.
From what I've found out so far, the mower unit is a common attachment with these but the snow blower attachment is hard to find.

He really surprised me when he came out with the original factory manuals for it. .. That was very unexpected.

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I really don't need another crawler so I'm going to clean it up and get it working and see about repairing or replacing the tracks.
Then I'll put it up for sale to make some money for my other projects and pass this on to someone who will appreciate it and restore it.

Edited by jdcrawler, September 05, 2011 - 03:56 PM.

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Posted September 05, 2011 - 03:33 PM

That is a really cool little machine. Was there a blade available for the front of it? It's really a bonus to get manuals for a rare machine like that.
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 07:43 PM

that is pretty cool, where wouls you go about getting tracks for that?
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 08:21 PM

That was a good find Ray! If you get the time, those manuals would make a great addition to the manuals section! Good luck with getting it running...as if there's anything you can't handle! Hope to see some during shots of this one!
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 09:03 PM

Had the pleasure to see one of these up close recently. They are smaller than I expected.

Good find, watch spending too much time with it, it may grow on you and not get sold. LOL
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 09:22 PM

neat find cant wait to see it in action
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 09:31 PM

great find and have fun with it
Lennox has one in their show room along with most their furnaces that they had made over the years.
Call them them might sent you pictures of their to help you get your to show room condition.
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Posted September 06, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Ray you never cease to amaze me with your finds, that's a great piece of history you've got there.

Ron
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Posted September 06, 2011 - 04:46 AM

Nice find, Ray. Have fun with it.
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Posted September 06, 2011 - 04:56 AM

Those "things" are cool,great find Ray.:thumbs:
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Posted September 06, 2011 - 07:18 AM

That is a really cool little machine. Was there a blade available for the front of it? It's really a bonus to get manuals for a rare machine like that.

Yes they made a blade for the front.


that is pretty cool, where would you go about getting tracks for that?

The tracks are made from conveyor chain.

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Posted September 06, 2011 - 08:26 AM

Man that is a great find Ray. I beleive they are quit rare and valuable.
ENJOY!!!
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Posted September 06, 2011 - 01:22 PM

This is some information that I have found on the crawler:


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The Kittytrack was designed in the R & D department of Lennox Ind. as one of several efforts to branch out during the non heating season.
The gentleman responsible for its design was Dean Peterson.
It was produced at a Lennox owned plant in Des Moines Iowa for a period of two years.
After production ceased in1964, the plans and manufacturing equipment were sold to an as yet unidentified garden tractor manufacturer.
However the new owner to the rights to manufacture never built any.


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Posted September 06, 2011 - 04:52 PM

These are neat machines!
Here's a pic of one I saw at a show last yearSteam show 2010 040.jpg
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Posted September 07, 2011 - 04:51 PM

Got some good news today . ....

The tracks are made from steel detachable attachment agricultural chain with track pads welded to the chain.

I found four places on the internet that sell the chain.
New track chain for both sides would cost just under $200.
Then all I would have to do is cut track pads from flat stock and weld them to the chain and the little crawler would have brand new tracks.




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