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Re: Possible engine swap for M crawler

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Butch(OH)

12-12-2002 06:20:16




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Other than searching and waiting for a deal on NOS or used parts from somebody who doesn't know better, I don't beleive you will find UM engine parts for cheap. There is not enough demand for repro parts to justify mass production so what is availible is basicaly hand build and thus expensive. I don't think that any certain conversion power will be easier than others as long as it will fit between the frame rails. If the engine conversion is done as "right" as it can be, machine work will be required and that is not cheap either. However I have seen some pretty crude conversions using a torch and welder for machine tools, If you need a dozer and have no money you have to do what you have to do but it's value will be pretty much nil, depending on what is ruined that cannot be put back to original.

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JS in IL

12-12-2002 10:14:09




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 Re: Re: Possible engine swap for M crawler in reply to Butch(OH), 12-12-2002 06:20:16  
Well, I have been searching the internet and farm auctions but not much luck. What I have got is pretty much a good starting point for a project. The undercarriage is totally perfect the grousers are brand new, the track itself is in excellent shape also. I have all the sheetmetal and it is in very good shape also. It has a complete baker blade setup with working hyds. The blade is near mint no dings or gouges. I have two motors for it, one original, other was a powerstation. What I need is simply to rebuild one of the motors (neither are stuck) with new goodies, I need a starter, I need to reline the clutches/brakes and a million other tiny things IE fuel line, wiring etc..and paint it. (it is all sandblasted and primed).

I do have an HD6G that I use for real work and a couple WD45's for smaller stuff. one with arps tracks and one just with tires. I just wanted to have a new project and the price was right, except I can't find parts for it at all. I can have custom parts made, but I wanted to try and see if NOS was available before I opened up the checkbook for some big $$$$$$$

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Butch (OH)

12-12-2002 11:54:13




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 Re: Re: Re: Possible engine swap for M crawler in reply to JS in IL, 12-12-2002 10:14:09  
If you want a running M crawler and have a little time and money you might want to consider buying a running model M and parting one of them atfer making use of the best of both.Trouble is most of the M crawlers I see for decent money seem to be out on the west coast. Since you run crawlers you know that the tracks are high buck items. You have a good set, and they are in demand. Once in a while a runnig model U tractor will come up for sale for decent money and they use the same engine unless they are a real early model with a Continental engine. Trouble with that route is what's left of the U is worth next to nothing. Some times an economical way to get the dead stuff going is tough to find, been there.

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