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Oliver "Cletrac" HG 42 Crawler


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Old 09-01-2016, 07:46:54 PM
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my first crawler, it was first used as a town sidewalk snow plow then to backfill a few foundations.
it then sat in a garage for many years until it was purchased by the fellow i bought it from and moved to its present location as seen in the photo.
i plan on moving it soon to my place and restore it mechanically.
by the serial number it was built in 1946 and has the hercules 1XK3 engine.
i may need some advise once i start to dig in.
the previous owner says the machine ran 5 years ago and i believe him but i am also using caution before i attempt to crank it over.
its an open shed and theres evidence of condensation and rust when i look in the spark plug holes.
i pored marvel mystery oil in each plug hole and will wait a few days before i a try to turn the engine by hand.
i cleaned the carb last night and cleaned the points this morning.
the oil in the crankcase is low on the stick and dirty-stinky so should i just drain and fill for now or take the pan down and clean the screen pump area before first start.
sorry to be long winded but i am stoked up about this crawler and getting it running again.
Dan
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Dear Dan Looks like a keeper. Assume you know that every part you could ever need for this is available from Landis Zimmerman in PA. I have 5 of them in my collection and if you need anything feel free to get in touch since I am just down the road. They are the best little crawler built during this period. I have had a working loader for over 30 years and you can look it up here under "Bullet Proof OC3" Have fun Ed B
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Assume you know that every part you could ever need for this is available from Landis Zimmerman in PA.
Do they have parts for the straight Cletrac's too or just the Oliver Cletrac.

One coming up on auction this weekend that needs some engine parts.


Missing the head, oil pan, mag & mag bracket, fan, and maybe a couple/few other parts, plus has a hole in the exhaust manifold.

Thinking maybe a complete engine might be cheaper than sourcing the missing parts. It is a Hercules engine.

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Otto. Did you look inside the Hercules in the Cletrac? Hercules were not known to be wet sleeve engines.
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thanks for the kind words Ed, i will post my progress or regress as i continue work on the crawler.
Dan
ps i read your bullet proof post, nice work and i love that bright yellow paint job.
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Otto. Did you look inside the Hercules in the Cletrac? Hercules were not known to be wet sleeve engines.
No I didn't. . . I will be heading up there later today to show some of the stuff to a friend before the auction tomorrow.

I'll take a closer look at it. Maybe the pistons and sleeves they found and said were for it were for something else ???

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Updated my other thread with the info on the pistons & sleeves after being prompted to take a closer look. The ones they found and thought were for the Cletrac are a good 3/8ths bigger bore with HUGE bearings. . . Definitely NOT for the Cletrac.

Thanks for the heads-up on the wet/dry sleeves John.

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Dear Otto The tractor appears to be an unstyled AG which is powered with an OOC Hercules a popular engine I n several tractors including MHGP 4WD. Parts are available but not plentiful.
Landis has parts for many Cletrac and Oliver Crawlers and has a couple hundred out back in his yard. Give him a call 1-717-738-2573 and see what he has. Be sure to tell him "The Yankee" sent you. Ed B
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Thanks.

I'm printing that out and will pass it along at the auction.

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Otto: Somewhere on here I saw a picture of the serial number tag. It is a model E and a very early one. It is also a 31 inch gauge which would make it a fairly rare model. The styled model E came out in the later 30's and the model E was dropped early in the 40's due to the fact cletrac production was needed for Military Cletracs + The government needed OOC engines so the model A received a 226 F model continental. More questions e-mail me.
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