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D8 Caterpillar Dozer, 2U Series


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Old 01-24-2010, 08:51:39 PM
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This is my iron giant, and I am always fascinated with how this old giant runs when I start her up. Although she needs some work, I'll be starting with the seat next weekend, I have never heard an engine that runs as well as her's does. The pony motor has a mind of it's own, but once you get it started the diesel usually pops off in 30 seconds or less, even when it's 10 degrees outside.

I don't know a lot of history about this dozer, and I was told it was built in 1954. My research tells me that it's older than that, but not by much. The s/n is 2U16533, but with Cat it's difficult to determine an exact year of manufacture with these oldies. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:59:58 PM
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Your Cat looks to be in very good shape. I always liked the D8 of those years. I remember working on them in the early 60's when there were a lot of them in service in this area. I am a welder and worked for a Caterpillar dealer/service agency at that time.
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Good to see a nice old D8-2U again, first dozer I ever ran was a 2U. Had a push block for pushing scrapper pans and winches for a tow pan. We didn't use the tow pan, but the next owner did on a job or 2. The local dozer repair shop ended up with it and parted it out, it had a crack in the rearend housing.
I see you are in Fort Collins, that's a nice area. My daughter and son inlaw live in the Thompson River Ranch subdivision in Johnstown south of Fort Collins.
Keep all that old iron running,
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Fort Collins is a nice area, and i'm very familar with the area that you told me about around Johnstown.

I like it around here, but the big iron like my D8 (I also inherited a D2, of which I will upload pics of in the near future) is hard to come by. Not a lot of people in this area know a lot about big iron like this, let alone how to start it. I'm glad I paid close attention to Dad when he was working on his mechanical endeavors. And, I'm also proud to say that I'm probably one of the few 36-year-old guys in the country that knows how to work on (and start) these iron giants.

My Mom would really like to sell and part out some of the equipment on the place, the equipment that Dad didn't have a chance to do a restore on, so the debate right now is what to do with it. I simply don't have the heart to sell a lot of his equipment, unless I know someone will appreciate it as much as I do and Dad did.
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You need to get on this site-
www.acmoc.org
Anything & everything about old Cats...They used to have a serial number list in the archives, I can't find it now. But just get on & ask, you will find out what year it was built. If you don't know any Cat people around Ft. Collins, just try Longmont, I think there's quite a nest of them there....
That Cat didn't set just south of Boulder on Highway 93 for years, did it? It or its twin sister did...
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Hi Ron,

Just joined ACMOC about 7 days ago. A friend of mine, who actually stores an old Caterpillar 20 on the place, bought me a subscription last week. He's been a member for about 10 years and recommended that I join. I'm just like you in that I tried to reference the s/n on the site, but didn't have much luck. My friend, the one mentioned above, is helping me with determining the year she was built. He actually has a call into one of his friends, who is fairly high up in the Cat company, and this guy said that he would look into it for us.

My D8 was actually up on a ranch on the Red Mountain Road for a long time, which is way north of Livermore.
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Hi Caterpillarcrazy,
my ACMOC Serial Number Reference Manual tells us that your D8 was built about mid 1952.
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I didn't figure it was the same one, but sure looks like it. One son was going to school in Boulder, the other one in Golden, so we traveled 93 a lot for several years....that old D8 sat on a curve just out of Boulder for 2-3 years, then one day it was gone...always hoped it didn't fall to the torch....ya never know, in Boulder county the belly pan could be called a hazmat site...
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Gentlemen,

Eddie, excellent information! Thank you very much. The boys over at ACMOC are working on serial numbers for me, and I'm very glad that you have the s/n reference. Dang it! Now I REALLY don't want to go to work. More fun posting threads and listening to you folks.

Ron, amen on the Boulder County reference. Boulder itself is about 40 square miles surrounded by reality.
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That is a good looking dozer, does it have the oil clutch? You're right about the pony - they can be very temperamental! You are lucky that it is equipped with an electric starter. I am looking to build one myself, getting tired of hand cranking, that crank location is just awful!

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