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About sdmuleman

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    T 340 opinion

    I've got a 340 loader w/ 4 in 1 and it's been useful. Small enough to be easy to move around & maneuverable but still enough heft to lift pretty good loads. The ripper and scraper/dozer/clamshell functions have been good though I've had less luck using it as a loader - the bucket is tall enough I have a hard time getting it really full of dirt and you're not going anywhere fast. Mine also doesn't have much traction - both due to the triple bar grousers and having slippery steering clutches. I think the steering clutch issue on mine is just from mine being cranky, it's not systematic if you have them adjusted right. Honestly what I've used it for most is lifting/moving stuff. It would lift more than my small backhoe (3500 ford) and while the bigger backhoe (4500 ford) I now have now is supposed to lift more it's hard to steer and has traction issues in the mud where the crawler handles that kind of weight much better.
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    TD14 Bendix spring, possible solution

    Yes, but then it leads to a different kind of regret.... never being able to find anything and living in the doghouse.
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    International 500C crawler loader parts

    It would be helpful to post your location, what prices you're expecting to get, and more pictures of the sprockets and chain links.
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    T340 questions

    Post a picture of your valve. It probably has a power beyond port which is capped and would be the best place to tap off the new valve.
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    drott cylinder seals

    On my 340 I was able to take the old one down to the local hydraulic shop and they matched them. IIRC the chevron packing for the pistons was a different thickness so it either took one more or one less packing than original and I had to modify the rod wiper seal slightly IIRC but it was fairly easy. I found a Drott parts manual for mine that had the sizes and types of packing listed which also helped some - I'd bet if you can find a similiar one for 175 it would have the same info. Like this, though this one is pricey...
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    TD340 Parts For Sale

    Thanks. How much do you want for the PTO? Do you happen to have a 3 point hitch on it as well?
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    TD340 Parts For Sale

    Those are the brakes, the steering clutch brakes I was talking about are inside the transmission/rear axle case. Thanks.
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    td14 cab

    Same here... wrong coast!
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    TD-14A Upper Trans Shaft Bearing R&R

    Thanks Tom. Do you have part numbers for the other transmission bearings handy?
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    TD-14A Upper Trans Shaft Bearing R&R

    Next question - how hard are the bearing to get? I'm hoping their fairly standard size bearings and I can just match dimensions but can anyone confirm this? Assuming they're reasonably cheap I'm thinking I'll do all the trans bearings while I'm in there just to have it done.
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    Engine Stuck

    You're asking if the small amount of ATF will cause a problem if it's in the oil? Short answer, no. Even that small of an amount of acetone or diesel wouldn't really matter IMHO. It'll dilute the oil a bit, but shouldn't matter in the grand scheme of things especially with a lower rpm lower powered heavy duty old diesel like these. That being said, if the engine is stuck I'd expect the oil needs to be changed anyway, so I'm unclear why you're asking the question.....
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    TD-14A Upper Trans Shaft Bearing R&R

    That's about the conclusion I've come too. Going to be a pain, but possible. Pull the clutch assembly, then pull the front cover forward and maybe out the top hole then I should be able to get to everything. I've got 2 parts tractors I can play on and get replacement parts from. Might even have good bearings, though I'll probably try to get new. Clutch brake looks shot on this tractor too, but at least one of the parts rigs is decent so I'll probably grab that one. May go new on that too, have to see. Looks like I got lucky and none of the hard parts got torn up running it. Tough old machines.
  13. Can you get the upper trans shaft (spline shaft in IH book) out without pulling the engine? My tractor has had a lot of gear noise since I got it last spring and the other day I happened to try shifting it into high (previously only used 1st & R) only to find it wouldn't go back into low. I had a slim hope it was just a shifter issue but upon pulling the shifter cover I found the hi/low sliding gear flopping around and the spline shaft about 4" aft of where it's supposed to be. As best I can figure, the rear spline shaft bearing wore to the point that the balls fell out allowing the entire shaft to shift back. The gears, shaft, driving gear and front bearing seem to be in okay shape from the limited inspection I could do. Problem is how to get a new rear bearing in. From looking at the manual it looks like you have to pull the front cover forward to get the driving gear assembly out before being able to get the spline shaft out, and that requires pulling the engine. Anyone ever tried a different way? This is around the ranch lightly used crawler - I just use it to push dirt around here and there, nothing too crazy. TD-14A TDF-31159.
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    TD340 Parts For Sale

    By pivot brakes do you mean the steering 'clutch; brakes are are disc type? If so I may be interested depending on price. ~John
  15. I've got a parts crawler that is a TD-14a I need to pick up and I'm looking for an estimate of what it will weight. It's basically the rear end of the tractor - no engine/trans, but full undercarriage and cross member and rear housing. Should include both finals, not sure if it'll have the bevel gear and steering clutches. Since a full tractor is ~16,000 I'm estimating around 10k for this? Would like a second opinion though. I'd like to use my little trailer since it's easier and lighter but 10k is the max on it - don't want to realize I'm off on weight by overloading the trailer, but I'd also like to not have to mess around with the big truck & trailer if I don't need to. Thanks, ~John