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Re: Re: D7 Track off

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Posted by Robert in W. Mi. on June 17, 2002 at 16:15:10 from (

In Reply to: Re: D7 Track off posted by Bob /Ont. on June 17, 2002 at 14:11:44:

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A long time ago in Alaska where i lived at the time, a friend of mine stuck his D-7 when the front sunk in a mud bog, and on top of that, it threw a track at the same time!! A couple days later he called me to see if i had any idea on how to get it out, and the track back on. I loaded my pu with things i thought i'd need, and drove the 25 miles out to his place.

After looking it all over, i cut a fair sized spruce tree down, and we muscled the butt end up over the blade and under the front of the dozer. I wanted to try to "lever" the front up out of the mud. Now he's a skinny fart, and I'm over 200 pounds so you know who got to climb out to the end of the log! But it didn't work, so "he" called for his wife to climb out on the log too. Now this gal was HD!! i'd say easily over 300 pounds, and i was amazed she could even climb out on the log at all!! But she did, and then started to do a little "bounceing"!! Man, the front of that dozer poped right out of the mud!!!!

I had some shorter logs cut too, and he pushed them under the tracks as best he could to hold it up. It worked really well!!

The track had come off to the out side of the dozer, so i used a come-a-long putting it from the track to a solid point on the front of the dozer. I all so used a couple handy man jacks to hold the track up a bit, while my friend slowly put power to the track, forceing it back on!! We did have to rehook a couple times. ("If" the track was to the inside, you could just use several jacks to push it back out)

Soon we had the track back on, and he backed out of the bog!! He was one happy camper!!
I'm just glad his ole' lady didn't get stuck in the bog too!! I'm not sure we could have got "her" out!!! :)

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