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Just learned there is TD20 200 series dozer on my mother in law's farm. Apparently it has been sitting for a few years after the batteries were stolen and my father in law passed. I'm a newbie when it comes to heavy machinery. New batteries purchased and will start on her tomorrow, updates to follow. Serial # says she was one of the first 200 to be built in '58

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19 hours ago, TheFlash91 said:

Apparently it has been sitting for a few years

Interesting photo with the telephone pole appearing to be stuck in exhaust :)

Welcome aboard !!!   and good luck with the old girl

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Be careful, it is VERY addictive!

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I've only had a day and a half to tinker so far and I'm already addicted. I'm missing the water bowl and bail under the filter. Once I find where to get a replacement we will see what she does. I think she is going to run. 

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Ordered some fuel filters from fleetfilter.com. My order is still pending according to their website and the mailbox is full when I call. Anyone used them before? 

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Good luck, hope you get it running. A lot of power there !  

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Fleet filter is not as fast as I want most of the time. 

Nice machine... As the others have mentioned. 

May want to really make sure the motor is not locked before hitting with starter.

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On ‎4‎/‎30‎/‎2017 at 10:23 AM, Kevingweq said:

Interesting photo with the telephone pole appearing to be stuck in exhaust :)

Welcome aboard !!!   and good luck with the old girl

Kevin you crack me up:lol:

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Quick update. Changed out a fuel line, two fuel filters, lower radiator hose (still need a part number I have it southern engineered), new batteries. Today was the day she started, she's back to life. Needs a little more TLC before I put her to work. Had **** finding a 90 degree lower radiator hose that was correct length. The one I found I had to couple a small piece to it to get the correct length. Anyhow video to come later when I have time to get it off my phone 

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great news "it lives" cannot wait to see vid. never tire of seeing old iron in motion russ

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starts like a champ, I can't get the blade to go up or down. Now I'm guessing it has its own hydraulic system. I'm learning as I go, not much of an expert.

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You are making good progress anyway!  Remember "One step at a time!"  Keep us updated!

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If it's like my 201 series on the left side of the hard nose there's a plug near the top which is the hydraulic reservoir for the lift pump. Open it up and slide a wire down and see if you got any oil. If not put some in and see if the blade starts working. Only other issue could be bad pump or stripped drive. 

Good luck, John 

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and you may have found the reason she was parked and never repaired {YET} good luck russ

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I was assigned to a TD20 201 with a scraper pan almost 50 years ago  in the Army in Germany.  Never got to use the pan.  I don't remember if it had a blade though.  It was a cable job.

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On 6/20/2017 at 8:05 PM, russ said:

and you may have found the reason she was parked and never repaired {YET} good luck russ

Nope got the blade working today, took the above advice just needed more fluid. It was parked and left after brand new batteries were stolen. Then my father in law passed and so it's been sitting 6-8 years.

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Sorry I have no new pictures uploaded yet. If I could get them from the phone straight to the forum I would. Anyhow here is the rundown. All hydraulics are working, all that is left is a new oil change.  Somewhere along her journey someone disconnected the gas side. The gas tank is plumbed and used as hydraulic reservoir for the steering levers. It starts on diesel side with a shot of starting fluid almost instantly every time. Once she has been running and warm no shot of starter fluid is needed.

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Started pushing mesquites like a hot knife through butter today. It will not make a right turn right turn, any tips guys?

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If you are moving forward and pull both steering levers back do you stop moving. If so your right brake is out of adjustment or wore out. If you don't stop you right clutch is seized up and will likely require removal to free up and get to work properly. 

YMMV, John 

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I crawled under and tightened both sides, left turns on a dime now, right still nothing. When moving forward and I pull back on both levers nothing happens 

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I broke my right side brake band.  I pulled it out and welded the broken part back together and riveted a new set of pads on it.  It was a dirty job getting it in and out but very doable.  I just drove it up on blocks and pulled the lower cover and you can see it all from there laying on your back.

PE smith has new pads if you need them.

 

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