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Re: Old D-4 cat oil check

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Billy NY

08-02-2013 09:45:57

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Rich, see my post on tractor talk, by any chance can you get a serial number off it, or at least tell us what series, ie; 4G,7J,2T, 6U (just a narrow gauge, same tractor) 7U etc. ? I do have a book in my personal tech manual collection for 4G, 7J, and 2T's I am not sure where the break is in the 2T series for the next book, but this will be in the lubricating instructions, they have a fold out chart with photos and diagrams, etc, and it can be specific to a series, as I just stated in my post on the other forum. Old Magnet who does post here and is extremely helpful with these old Cat's will likely know without referring to a book LOL !

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08-02-2013 10:31:13

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 Re: Old D-4 cat oil check in reply to Billy NY, 08-02-2013 09:45:57  
By the time I can get the serial number I will also be there where it is and probably stand a chance to find the dip stick or drain check plug. That might be in a week or a month or a day hard to say for sure with this guy. I can stay this about this old D-4 it takes 8 arms to run it but that was common with older machines

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Billy NY

08-02-2013 11:06:54

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 Re: Old D-4 cat oil check in reply to old, 08-02-2013 10:31:13  
Yes, one foot and one hand to steer one way, add the hand master clutch, and a 5 speed and direction change lever + the power control lever for the blade on my D7, you need to be an octopus! Funny though, a lot of the roads in the U.S. were built with these, not to mention WWII infrastructure, Alcan highway, etc. + all the dams and civil projects, its hard to imagine doing a 12 hour shift on one of these.

Just pull the dipstick, it should be obvious when you look at it, there is enough on the stick. When running the starting engine, cranking the diesel, oil pressure will come up, though I realize you can have pressure and not volume with some things, if that stick has enough showing it ought to be fine, you can sort the details of the tractor later, I thought it was interesting that early tractors are to be shut off to check and the later ones left running, always wondered why they went with it running, on my D7 if not careful that fan will blow dripping oil back on ya.

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