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Buying/Looking at a Crawler Question


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Old 12-16-2010, 08:53:41 PM
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Default Buying/Looking at a Crawler Question

I'm going to look at a crawler I've seen parked in a field, don't know if its for sale or not. I don't even know what make it is. What is the most critical part of an old crawler? Thank you
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TRACKS !!!!!!!!!! Pins, bushings, pads and sprockets . If they are worn out, they can get VERY expensive to rebuild. Also, check to see if the engine is stuck.

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Thank you.
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Let us know what you find out.

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Default Re: Buying/Looking at a crawler question

That and transmissions, depending on brand. No good undercarriage parts are cheap, so it gets really expensive REALLY QUICK, and that's if you find any.
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Default Re: Buying/Looking at a crawler question

any chance off pictures off the crawler / serial number so it could be idintified thanks
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930dreamer--before you spend any money on an unknown crawler --get someone knowledgeable about crawlers to look at it. (If you have to pay someone to look at it -- well, that will probably be one of your better investments!)

Learning about crawlers by buying one, can lead to some very expensive lessons. If you can acquire it for scrap price and you can get it transported cheaply, then go for it.

I have taken a "flyer" on a Cletrac model W, and a John Deere 420C, and came away smiling. (There are others that I have forgotten about--but my wife hasn't.)

Still cranking away in Rifton,
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Had some snow here in Abq,NM today, when I leave town Saturday I'll take a look at the crawler and take pics. Thanks
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Default Re: Buying/Looking at a Crawler Question

It's a Caterpillar 15 crawler, it has a brass rebuild tag dated 1934,the tracks are stuck. I finally drove past and the owner was there, we talked for an hour or so. No pics yet.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:52:04 PM
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Default Re: Buying/Looking at a Crawler Question

Dear Dreamer A Cat 15 is a nice little crawler to start with. Pics would be helpful but thjere are a few things to check when you see the machine up close. Rusty tracks may not be a problem as long as the pins and bushings are in good shape. Look at the sprockets and see how much they are worn. how is the sheetmetal and especially the hood. All the rest of the tin can be remade since it is all flat. Check in the gas tank and also look at both sides of the radiator. The engine can be rebuilt but the manifolds and carburetor can set you back a lot of money. Magneto can be replaced but an original is desireable to have. These are just the high points to check. I have 3-15s out back but I am only going to rebuild the wide guage since they are hard to find. Good luck on this and give us some Pics when and if you can.
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