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Lotsa pics in this archived thread Cool And Unusual Crawlers - IH Construction Equipment - Red Power Magazine Community

and here is a some pics  for the Log Luggin folks

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during the war grandfather had a cleatrack,steering by vertical wheel ,bucket was also acme thread crank wheels

in '55 got new in the crate surplus clark air which carried on under 2 other ventures then some of it into terra trac / into case

https://amcmuseum.org/at-the-museum/exhibits/clark-airborne-ca-1-tractor/

https://www.gasenginemagazine.com/equipment/clark-air-borne-dozer

https://bangshift.com/bangshiftxl/ebay-find-this-1943-clark-ca-1-airborne-crawler-tractor-and-scraper-are-awesome-wwii-pieces/

 

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4 hours ago, captain_crunch said:

Anyone ever run a Cleatrack ? Brakes and steering clutches same levers same going down hill and blade takes 3 arms 

Planetary diff,  drove both tracks but didn't like trying pivot turns

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These crawlers were all gathered at an auction in Connecticutt in 2013 ( Ken Avery collection )

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The trackrunner was under wraps at the time of the auction This was at a later show

 

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A few more pics from the auction  Enjoy!

@mmi    I believe the mlitary motorized grader was used in a similar fashion to the CA-1 dozers (dropped from airplanes)

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operated like this one maybe 2x bigger then hang a blade/bucket operating like that grader,needed to be an octopus 1594091735_K.averycrawlerpuppyoct2013176(800x600).jpg.6c59de99848841f9cd53a132390e4391.jpg

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Didn't Holt and Best eventually merge of one bought the other out?   I know several of the old crawlers MFG's(not Holt/Best) were all merged into IH by JP Morgan. 

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3 hours ago, pede said:

Didn't Holt and Best eventually merge of one bought the other out?   I know several of the old crawlers MFG's(not Holt/Best) were all merged into IH by JP Morgan. 

Yes, they became Caterpillar, were bas

ed in around Stockton, CA and moved to Peora, IL

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First picture is a model No.311 Adams Motor Grader on a runway. IH T9/TD9/UD9 engines and Oliver 80 Standard transmission and finals w/ EOA 35 (Engine Over Axles) High/Low. Notice cutting edge seems non-existent or hammered.

Second picture is an odd application.

Third Picture is different makes and models awaiting shipment

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12 hours ago, pede said:

Didn't Holt and Best eventually merge of one bought the other out?   I know several of the old crawlers MFG's(not Holt/Best) were all merged into IH by JP Morgan. 

Not quite on IH.  McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company, Milwaukee Harvesting Machine Co., Plano Manufacturing Co., and Warder, Bushnell, and Glessner, all manufacturers of harvesters, merged in 1902 to form IH with financing provided by JP Morgan.  There were no crawlers in 1902 to be a part of the merger.  Holt produced his first crawler in 1904 and the Best Company wasn't formed until 1910.

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12 hours ago, pede said:

Didn't Holt and Best eventually merge of one bought the other out?   I know several of the old crawlers MFG's(not Holt/Best) were all merged into IH by JP Morgan. 

Holt and Best built tractors as fast as possible in 1917-18 for military use in WW1. The war ended with many of the tractors still in the USA. By 1920 farm prices had dropped drastically so farmers stopped buying tractors. It just happened that Holt and Best used the same bank in San Francisco. As they were both in very poor financial shape,when the banker demanded they merge they had no other options. Since Holt and Best had been competitors for many years and hated each other it's rather surprising they managed to go on to be the company Caterpillar became.

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3 hours ago, Fat Dan said:

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First picture is a model No.311 Adams Motor Grader on a runway. IH T9/TD9/UD9 engines and Oliver 80 Standard transmission and finals w/ EOA 35 (Engine Over Axles) High/Low. Notice cutting edge seems non-existent or hammered.

Second picture is an odd application.

Third Picture is different makes and models awaiting shipment

Second picture I believe the side mounted crane is for laying in sections of pipe when constructing pipelines..

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That Fordson looks like a sports car compared to what everyone else was doing... 

  Howard, got more questions for you just need to check a couple of things, no time right now.....love this history sh**

 

     Merry Christmas everyone!!

 

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2 hours ago, pede said:

That Fordson looks like a sports car

The operator knows his machine also !!   He could shave the fuzz off a Georgia peach 😀

Merry Christmas !!

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I went back to my saved IH info and although it doesn't say merger or buyout it does say each company was allowed to operate independently for at least a while. One thing I found interesting is that after they got into crawlers, used one of the gas over diesel motors for a tractor and at least according to my info made it the first diesel ag tractor.   

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I remember when this archived thread was first started.  One of the best we've had on here.

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