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Cletrac W Project to be Started


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Old 11-21-2017, 08:06:49 AM
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I have a local radiator repair shop in New London Wi called Al's Radiator. They are doing the repairs and ordered the core from a supplier. you can contact them and see where it comes from if you are in need of one. they offered a standard built core and a heavy tube and fin core which is more in line with what a crawler would have had originally.

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Its been a while since I provided an update on the cletrac project.

so far we have tore down the two cletracs we had and picked the best parts to put into the one that we will save.

the engine had the head removed and valve job done. set the clearance for the rocker arms, cleaned the oil pan and sump strainer, swapped out the governor, swapped fan blades and welded one of the engine supports.

The radiator: core was shot so a new one was made. the bottom tank was cracked from hard water and had to be welded and coated to prevent leaks.

Front Sprockets were swapped for the best looking ones and those were taken apart and bearings cleaned and tightened.

Rear sprockets were swapped as well and we mixed and matched the best bull gears that are bolted inside the drive sprocket.

The rear end/transmission needed some work. The drive pinions were all wore except for one so it was saved and another one was ordered. the shafts that drive the pinions are straight shafts with a woodruff key. The keyways were badly wore out so the best solution we found was to weld the keys into the shaft and file it down for a tight fit.
The impute shaft into the transmission had a bushing replaces and some other adjustments to tighten it up. the couple the connects the engine to the impute shaft is similar to that of a magneto and that was built up with weld and filed down also.
The steering gears were tightened and the transmission was then good to go.

Gas tank was good for the most part, there is a splash baffle inside that broke free so that was reattached and the tank was coated. The mount that holds the tank had been cut up over the years to gain better access to the grease cups for the clutch- this was rewelded back to original. Also ordered new gas caps.

Pretty sure I covered most of the work that has been done so far.
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Here are pictures of the engine progress.

I really like how the oil level gauge looks after all these years.
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i got a sign writer to paint the cletrac name on my tank and side panels on my model h . your project is comeing along fine thanks for shareing
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Old 12-21-2017, 06:44:13 AM
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Great threat as I'm a crawler fanatic I'm restoring a Weidely Engine that was used in the early Cletrac W and H, the later Cletrac engine is a close copy of it. I had to do a load of work on it, cast new babbit bearings in rods and mains, replaced one rod, had to sleeve all four cylinders, replaced camshaft, all pushrod, changed a few valves, springs and more. It had been easier and cheaper to import on or a few good Engines from the States but that would not have been the same challange.

Still have a tiny crack in the bellhousing and main block to sort out before putting everything back together. well the short block is ready.

//Erik

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andymoravec, I'm interested in the oil lever gauge. Can you please post a close up picture of it so I can copy the dial.
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Hey, Im happy to hear another engine is being brought back to life. I never removed the crank and pistons from my engine. They are a little loose but didn't find it critical to give it a complete overhaul for the amount I will be playing with it one weekend a year.

Hear are the pictures of the oil level gauge. It is pretty interesting. hope they help and good luck.
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Thanks, great! I see its the same make as the oil preassure gauge. Yes you are right, I have spent a fortune on my Engine that will run a few hours a year. Guess Im a Little bit crazy.
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I have spent a fortune on my Engine that will run a few hours a year. Guess Im a Little bit crazy.
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Don’t worry Erik, we all are a little bit crazy for doing the same thing!
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Thanks, great! I see its the same make as the oil preassure gauge. Yes you are right, I have spent a fortune on my Engine that will run a few hours a year. Guess Im a Little bit crazy.
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Well if the engines that good buy a little scraper and shift some paydirt, I know a fella not far from you with a dirt heap taking up space in his yard.
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Ruston3W, you must mean the crazy pilots place May need a bigger crawler than the Cletrac W for that kind of job.

This Cletrac W I found disassembled in a barn, had to search through hay and sawdust to find all parts. Put her together as a non runner to start with.
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