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1946 T-6 Crawler


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We have options.  Power washer cabinet, citric acid hot tank, glass beading cabinet, sand or soda blasting or good old wire brush.  Combination is usually the successful route.  Most transmission parts would be power washer.  The main case, hot tank.  Most all have been wire brushed as a final clean.  Primers next for parts that need it.

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You sure are doing it right. I like your approach! What a lot of work to take it down to the castings and bring it back! Awesome!

 Thanks for the pictures!

 Regards,

 Chris

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That is exceptional prep work, be downright enjoyable assembling those parts?

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Headlamps were also missing.  Good used examples were found.   Careful study revealed the original paint pattern. Original survivors can confirm suspicions, such as the example in the third photo. NOS headlamp bulbs were install during restoration.

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This is impressive. I hope to restore my td6 someday to this level of detail. How did you keep those parts from getting flash surface rust after you cleaned them? I have used electrolysis and a wire wheel as my main tools in cleaning up old parts - I may have to give the citric acid a try on an old hit n miss engine. I love following along and thanks for the pictures. Seems like you have all the tools and equipment to do a professional job... I am jealous 

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On 2/15/2021 at 10:36 AM, Pbach said:

This is impressive. I hope to restore my td6 someday to this level of detail. How did you keep those parts from getting flash surface rust after you cleaned them? I have used electrolysis and a wire wheel as my main tools in cleaning up old parts - I may have to give the citric acid a try on an old hit n miss engine. I love following along and thanks for the pictures. Seems like you have all the tools and equipment to do a professional job... I am jealous 

We do have the tools.  Makes it easier.  Our area of the globe allows us some grace against flash rust...low humidity levels.  

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The first reaction when seeing a crack like this is...oh no!  Another fix that needs to really be done carefully.  However, when flipped over, it had no crack. Closer examination reveals there a rounded edge on much of the crack line.  There is nothing in the area that can wear on it when open place...and you cannot wear on a spot that is below a ridge unless you get really lucky.  The crack is not a crack but a casting surface flaw and has been there since the day it was installed.

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Wow small world this morning I’m a half hour away, top level work, imagine that was a dream job, like the knucklehead over looking the shops below.

Has any of Terry Capps Wheeler Dealer drag racing donations been displayed yet?

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One item we discovered was missing was the radiator shutters.  There are some good people in this hobby.  In less than a day after I put out the word, a set of shutters was found and on its way. Complete with all the control rods and even a second set of control rods to ensure we had the best set possible.

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Priming of most of the parts is now complete.  The engine block, the tracks, dash and the top rad tank are about all that is left.  They all need some work before they are done.  Assembly will start before too much longer.  The transmission needs a couple of bearings, so that will slow that part down until budget matches the cost.  It will come together quickly when all the parts are together.

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Looking great, what do you do for the track work?

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