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I debated about starting a post on this until further along, but I’m going to anyway. I’ll warn everyone that this may take a lot longer than I will like but I have to do this in the very little spare time I have

Before I was even born, sometime in the 1950’s  my Dad wanted a crawler on the farm, so he built one. He started with a rear end from a clark forklift, made the tracks from scratch, and used a model A engine and transmission. Fenders and firewall made from 1” thick planks, the hood from the skin of a thrown out refrigerator. Blade was lifted by a hand operated hydraulic pump and cylinder. 
 

Fast forward to the Early 80’s, I purchased a Datsun and did an engine and transmission transplant, but It was very poorly done. It ran ok, but overheated all the time, and got pushed into an out of the way corner of the barn. 
 

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. My two nephews bought a parts O4, that runs. The idea has been kicking around in my head for a number years the put a IH engine in the crawler and this was the opportunity to Make it happen. Here are a few pictures of what is happening. There will be some challenges, but will be the fun to figure out

 

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Tell you the the truth️ I like it 👈keep going

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It's not everyone that has a radial arm drill in their shop! That would come in handy.

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Got a little more done today. Cut off all the junk bracket, and welds. Time to clean up some and Get the O4 here to be split. Then I really will know What the project will shape up to be

 

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Its cool cant wait to see it done !!!!

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46 W6 and a 46 OS6

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I for one am completely excited to see this finally in the shop. I as well as many other grandchildren have spent countless hours crawling on, over, and around this old crawler never having seen or experienced it outside of the barn. There have been many stories shared at family gatherings about the memories you "kids" (mom, aunts and uncles) have and created around this old crawler and the many other mechanical wonders grandfather assembled. Its time for this one to breath new life.

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Well SAM86 and I had some time to work on the crawler today, hot and I wanted to get out on the lake so we didn’t work too long. Got the 04 to the barn, torn down and split. We even did some preliminary looking at how the mounting will go. We both are getting excited about how this will turn out. Next up is to figure out the transmission coupling and mounting. Trans is out of a 1936 Ford truck

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Looks great!  Like the look of the cast tub out front of that dozer.

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