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Cletrac W Project to be Started


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Old 07-31-2014, 12:36:24 PM
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Hey all,
I just bought a Cletrac W and am planning to get it in running condition and eventually restored. There are quite a few issues with it along with missing parts.

The engine block had hard water in it and has a bulge/crack out the side of it. This tractor must have been used to drive back and forth to work because the sprockets are sharpened to a point. I hope to replace the block and get better sprockets. The tracks are worn as well. How do you repair/maintain these tracks?

There is several thing missing on it as well:
Gas caps, radiator cover, fan/pump belt, starting CRANK! also doesnt have a belt pully on the front.

If anyone knows a good place to find parts, i would appreciate it. I have talked with Zimmerman to locate a few things.

Could really used help finding a crank. and/or pictures plus dimensions to build my own.

Also any general information about the tractor would be great. It is my first crawler. helpful tidbits of information and suggestions welcome.

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Andy
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:01:37 PM
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Hi, here are some pictures with dimensions, of the crank off my "W". (It fell off and was laying in the gravel in the shed--thats why it looks so rusty.) I figured you would just as soon have the dimensions now rather than wait until I get around to cleaning it up.)

Its too bad you are so far away--I have a spare hood and side panels I'd be interested in selling.

Good luck with you project. They are fun old crawlers but I suggest you get good ear protection when you get it running.

Ray Rice, in rusty Rifton.
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:21:49 PM
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Hi Andy,
I just happened to read your thread and realized I have a crank that looks like the one that Ray posted that came with a Waterloo engine!. If your interested I could check the spec's to make sure it is right?.
Nathan.
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Thanks for the help guys. I was looking at my crawler this weekend and I discovered that it does not have the belt pully "extension" if you will that you would normally use to crank. this is what is looks like.

Also, I would love to see pictures of the hood and side pannels. My hood is great and the left side hindged and other pannel are great. the exhause side, half the hindge portion is cut off and missing the bottom pannel all together.

But could see what we could work out.
Andy
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Hello again,

Its been a while and no progress has been made until this fall. I purchased a second cletrac and are building 1 from the two.
This has turned into quite the project. In one day, my friend Jeff and I have tore both tractors down the frames. there are a few hiccups that need to be addressed. The internal drive shaft for each side is wore pretty bad In the keyway. the tracks are ok to use. the sprockets have seen their miles put on them. I should have most of the parts I need to rebuild the one crawler.

I will have the carcus of one left if anyone is looking for a parts tractor.

Does anyone know where to find decals for this tractor. "Cletrac" and "the Cleveland Tractor Co"
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Those are good looking little crawlers, keep the progress reports coming.
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The internal drive shaft for each side is wore pretty bad In the keyway. the tracks are ok to use.
Besides the worn keyway does everything fit well otherwise?
If so just cut another keyway at 90º or 180º away from the existing one.
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the key is a woodruff key (the half moon) so I contemplated cutting a new straight key into the shafts but I want to avoid having to pull the shafts out because it looks like it will be a major pain. the entire transmission would have to be disassembled. so that is going to be a last resort.
I will be going back for the long weekend and tearing into it more. I hope to have the shafts fixed and start work on cleaning the frame to prep for painting.

Also ordered a new Radiator Core.
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Andy The crank shown above is exactly like the one that is standard equipment on the Cletrac F Hi Drive. What is interesting about the Model F hand crank is it has multiple features.
No. 1 It is the main transmission shifter lever. The F has only 2 speeds forward and back. When the crank is used to shift the trans it cannot be removed when it is shifted into either gear.
No. 2 Now this is also the starting crank for the Model F and here is where the crank - shifter becomes a safety device. In order to use it as a crank the tractor must be first shifted into neutral so it can be removed from the transmission. It can then be taken up to the front of the tractor so it can be started.
Whoever designed the model F built in this safety which meant it was impossible to start the tractor in gear. I have never heard of another old tractor with this built in safety feature. If anyone knows of such a feature please chime in. Ed B
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Where did you order the new radiator core from?
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