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Old 09-22-2016, 07:14:49 PM
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Here we go again..... Several months ago I was visiting a fellow collector in Western Mass. and got a chance to check out a small Cat he had stored in a big Metal tube. The enclosure was packed full of all manner of stuff so I could only see part of the radiator. It looked like a Model Ten but it had the number Fifteen down the side. The owner said it was for sale and quoted his price. When I got home and did some research and found a small Fifteen was fairly rare based on a basic Cat Ten chassis with about 15 major differences. Right after that I hit the road for a 3 week trip out to the Mid West to go to Rollag, George Schaaf auction and finally The HCEA National Construction Convention. I got home on the 20th and immediately started to plan a return trip to see the Little Cat.
Today my hunting buddy Ken Avery and I headed out early with the trailer in tow. The following pics show our day on the road.
Pic No 1 shows the big metal tube the Cat has been sitting in for 20 years. Pic No 2 shows the junk finally cleared away from the big metal door. The next Pic shows the little Cat coming to light after an hour of removing all types of stuff. Last Pic once the stuff is pulled off the engine we find an engine missing head, valves, pistons, rods, manifolds, mag, carb and oil pan. 'I'm told the engine shares nearly all these parts with it shouldn't be to hard to find them. Ed B
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:27:55 PM
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A few more pics of the removal. Pic No 1 shows the big JD Loader pulling the Cat out into daylight for the first time in 20 years. Pic No 2 the Cat is now fully out of the tube. Pic No 3 is Ken looking over my latest buy. Last Pic we are getting ready to hookup some chains for a lift. It took a while to get the right combination to obtain an even lift for a trip down to my trailer. Ed B
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:37:22 PM
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Trip down the hill to the trailer. The tractor is home and in the next few days I'll post more details of this little Cat including serial Number and general determination of condition. I have a parts Ten so should have most of the parts for a restoration. Ed B
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Ed, if you use parts from a 10 to restore a 15, will that make it a 12.5?
Keep us informed on the restore.
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hope u got to see my display at hcea b4 it got muddy.





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Thanks for sharing with us! I always enjoy your restoration threads! That's sure a neat story, who would have guessed you'd find a tractor in there! Did it put itself in there under its own power at one time??
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Nice find Ed and now the fun starts , Try to find all the parts that are missing, that block looks kind or rusty, But we are all pulling for you and know we well see a nice job when you are all done with the little Cat. I think a mouse or two may have used this Cat for a home. We kind of crossed paths some time back I was to the Orange Spectacalar in Minn. Then to Wis. to see our one and only Graig Anderson, then visit family and a tractor show at Bennet Cornors, Wis. Then to George Shaffs place For a look around ( Mostly Allis Chalmers Stuff )Then back to Georgia for some small local shows. My 1925 Allis Chalmers Model 15-25 made the trip just fine. Take care and do not fall off the little Cat.
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finding a diamond in the rough never gets old and a road trip with a friend is one of life's treasures.
enjoy your new cat !
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Must be pretty light, never would have thought a 444 would dead lift it like that! Nice find, and now you have something to keep you busy this winter. Looking forward to more pics. Have you had a chance to explore that tube for the rest of it yet?
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Must be pretty light, never would have thought a 444 would dead lift it like that! Nice find, and now you have something to keep you busy this winter. Looking forward to more pics. Have you had a chance to explore that tube for the rest of it yet?
In this case what you see is what you get. When we pulled it out there was no other parts to be found. I think I can get nearly everything I need since the important parts were still on the tractor.
The comment above about hunting with a friend is so true. Kenny and I have been on many trips and over the years have chassed down over one hundred tractors and the majority were crawlers. If I ever got the time "Hunting with Kenny" would make a great book.
This weekend I will do a complete evaluation and get a complete list of what I will need to do a restoration. Ed B
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