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The pics of those tracks bring back memories. In the late 80's/early 90's, during my college years, I worked for my brother, who is a heavy equipment mechanic. I not-so-fondly remember working on the tracks of a D9, replacing the pads. After torquing the bolts to 500 some odd foot pounds, you then had to rotate each bolt an additional 120 degrees! Good times.:rolleyes:
Yeah, on that D10 it was 680 lb ft and then 120 degrees, comes out to about 2150 lb ft. That was why we sent the tracks out to a specialist to swap the shoes.
 

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My new project, a Caterpillar 80 round bottom scraper, the s/n tag is gone, but they were made late 40's to early 50's. It had been converted from cable operation to hydraulics sometime in the past, but it wasn't done quite right. It also needs some steel plate inside the bowl replaced. It would have been hooked to a D8, and the D8 would have to be equipped with a winch to operate the scraper. Unfortunately, the coolest part of the scraper has to go, the 25.00-28 airplane tires. The little bit of research I did showed that size was used on the Douglas C124 Globemaster main gear. The tires are very badly dry rotted, and if they truly are 28", they are mounted on 24" wheels, which doesn't seem to add up. The 21.00x24 size that is supposed to be on there is obsolete, but most just run used 20.5R25, 20 ply tires on the dolly. There are a surprising number of hydraulic converted Cat 60, 70, and 80 scrapers still being used on farms across the USA and Canada and they will be 100 years old and still running in another 25 years.

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My new project, a Caterpillar 80 round bottom scraper, the s/n tag is gone, but they were made late 40's to early 50's. It had been converted from cable operation to hydraulics sometime in the past, but it wasn't done quite right. It also needs some steel plate inside the bowl replaced. It would have been hooked to a D8, and the D8 would have to be equipped with a winch to operate the scraper. Unfortunately, the coolest part of the scraper has to go, the 25.00-28 airplane tires. The little bit of research I did showed that size was used on the Douglas C124 Globemaster main gear. The tires are very badly dry rotted, and if they truly are 28", they are mounted on 24" wheels, which doesn't seem to add up. The 21.00x24 size that is supposed to be on there is obsolete, but most just run used 20.5R25, 20 ply tires on the dolly. There are a surprising number of hydraulic converted Cat 60, 70, and 80 scrapers still being used on farms across the USA and Canada and they will be 100 years old and still running in another 25 years.
My family had a leveling, clearing, and excavating business. In my younger days I spent quite a bit of time on a D-9 pulling a huge 32 yard (?) 491 Cat cable scraper. I much preferred wheel scrapers with hydraulics and twin engines. But that Cat and can could really move the dirt on short and steep jobs.
 

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12v,what's your favorite combo?Not a cummins fan either
We've mostly been buying clean older trucks with the Cat 3406E or the Pre DPF C15's. There are some tricks to make make them run better and more reliably. I've converted 2 of ours from the twin turbo to a legal single turbo system and dropping to 16:1 steel heavy haul pistons makes them run cooler at higher horsepower levels.
We still run 2 trucks with later Cummins N-14s, that was a pretty good Cummins.
they bought a junky old Volvo/White/GMC thing for $2k that turned out to have a really nice 3406E early series that may end up in The old '86 359 Peterbilt long hood with a stand alone electronic control system, even though I completely rebuilt the mechanical 3406B 2 years ago.
 

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Thats a 352, and I realise how biased to detroits you are but no room for wife in the day cab, needs me a much larger cab.

Like this.

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This one just sold for 15k. 8V92 Detroit, 10 speed, recent cab restoration. Nice old truck. Oh, it's a 1974. Could have a Cali disability as far as emissions. View attachment 197388
 

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Just putting up what I've seen in your budget range. Not many 362's in this area. At least not for sale. The old 352 was almost my next project to build a ramp bed to carry our telehandlers around. But with the big squeeze forks they would have to load backwards and nobody wanted to do that.
 

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They sent me this hulk as I had a pete 362 in my want list.


Just putting up what I've seen in your budget range. Not many 362's in this area. At least not for sale. The old 352 was almost my next project to build a ramp bed to carry our telehandlers around. But with the big squeeze forks they would have to load backwards and nobody wanted to do that.
 

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I like it because I get to do all kinds of stuff. Not the same thing everyday.
Intel (Hillsborito) is paying a premium of $5.00 hr. Above union scale for ANYONE (in construction) that will come work there....but it's still not worth it. 🤣
 
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