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  1. I have a chance to buy a T340 with the Drott 4 in 1. $1500 might take it home. Won’t steer, but I’ve researched that pretty heavily and am hoping an adjustment will make it usable. I do have some questions. Several hydraulic leaks, but hey, it’s an old machine. Hydraulics seem strong. Engine runs decent for it’s age, I believe. How would you rate this undercarriage? One of the idlers has some damage, but might be usable. I have attached some pictures. It looks like the oil pan was damaged and has been brazed, but it’s dripping oil, which was clear (probably drains out over time and was new). Forward it drives straight with no issue. In reverse all gears, there is a rubbing sound and engine load. Is this related to brake adjustment? Main brake does nothing when pushed. I want this machine to clear brush and stumps. I doubt I’d put 100 hours a year on it. I’d like to get it going without a lot in parts. I know it’s possible the planetary brakes need relined. I’m very mechanically inclined (industrial manufacturing equipment service tech). Good deal or dangerous? If it turns into an expensive project, the wife won’t be happy!
  2. Hey all, Went out the other day to start up the triple 6. Pulled the dipstick and saw the gray oil/water trace on the stick. Came back with fresh oil, pulled the plug, and a ton of coolant ran out before the oil. Evidently the antifreeze froze and cracked the block. The gasser is done for. That being said, I guess it's time to repower; by time i get a block and all the other parts for the gasser I should replace in the process, I could probably find a running D312 diesel ($2000 from Albilene Machine from a 686). I'd thought of doing it anyway but didn't want to change around great-grandpa's tractor for no reason. This seems to have taken care of that. I'm not junking the tractor (see the "great-grandpa's tractor" part). I know the 666's and early 686's were built with 312's, so is this a pretty clean swap? I know I'll need the diesel radiator. Anything else needed? Original flywheel, clutch, and all that? I had considered a DT360, but that will require quite a few parts and engineering, and the only affordable one I found I didn't buy at the time. If only my crystal ball worked. Might as well do that T/A clutch finally, since she's gonna come apart.
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