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Folks,

Not much happening except for cold weather the next few days. It would be a good test for the TD6 starting upgrades if I attempted to start it mid week, at 9 degrees F!

No projects for it this winter as the snow has been taken care of with the Ford Jubilee!

Might fire it up and move it up in front of the sugarhouse for kids to look at during our big Maple open house in 2 weeks. 

Just a warmer picture as a reminder that spring will be coming at some point!

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Hope things are good in RED land!

Regards,

 Chris

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Folks,

 Haven't been on in a while. And I have not done a spring start up of the TD6! Currently working on a off color Persion orange tractor and its taking all my spare time and money. So the TD6 waits as usual. I don't have any small jobs lined up for it yet but I have thought about building a garage so It might get some work to do around there if I get off my duff!

I have that rear light that needs installed when i do get it un-tarped!

Hope things are good in RED land! Always makes me smile when I do get the old IH running and moving! It is in way better shape than when I brought it home. And its only cost me one back surgery! Not bad!:)

Regards,

 Chris

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Good to hear from you Chris ! How was your sugar season ? Hope you get to play with the TD6 soon...

Had the TD9 fired up the other day to level out some spring ruts .. and installed a new winch csble with some help from the sweetness, running the clutch for me while I fed the new cable onto the drum ?...

 

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North, Folks,

Maple season was good for our little operation. Made 180+ gallons of syrup. I currently have the evaporator completely torn apart for the 20 year rebuild!:) New insulation, fire brick some stainless for a custom stack base, and new base stack. Another project for this summer/ fall.

Regards,

 Chris

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Duey, Folks

Thanks! I dont think the finance manager will allow a full TD6 restoration! These rubber tired beasts are a huge drain on the wallet. The tracked machines want all the money and then some more! I try to make some little improvements to the old TD6 occasionally but it is VERY worn from years of hard work in gravel pits loading my Uncle Jack's dump trucks. I would like to get some pictures of his outfit back in the day. I may try to contact my Aunt and see if there are any pictures. 

Sorry its off color, but I have a orange problem! Current status: I was even looking at old small blue tractors yesterday! What is wrong with me?:)

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Regards,

 Chris

 

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Folks,

 Its been a while. I try to get he TD6 out to stretch its legs a couple times a year. My friend Matt stopped and he is a IH guy so it seemed fitting. A few instructions and he was good to go on the tracked loader. It started on the first revolution of the engine. Switched to diesel easy. Steering clutches worked fine. Matt said it steered pretty good compared to some old CATs he was running at the local tractor show.

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Couple times up and down the drive.

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I even got in on the action:

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He liked it, and wants to take it home!

When we changed back to gas I could hear this sound, like something was running dry, turns out it was the starter! The spring that pulls the switch to the open position failed and it had been running the whole time we we were playing! It was too hot to touch! Unhooked the battery cable and stopped that. Will need to take the switch off (again) and find a new compression spring to rebuild it. Hope  it didn't hurt the starter! Yikes!

I did get my orange project finished too.

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Hope things are good in RED land!

Thanks for checking in on me too.

 Regards,

 Chris

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Looks real good Chris.  I had an orange one once, B model, an AC collector took it off my hands which made a little more room for red.

Could the starter switch have cause all your starter issues in the past?  Maybe you are getting to the bottom of that.  Have fun

Dennis

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Dennis, Folks,

 Thanks, Two things: The young man that pulled the starter handle reminds me of myself 50 years ago and doesnt know his own strength.:) And second it was probably just time for the 60 plus year old spring to just give up. I am going to try to get the switch off this morning and pick up a replacement spring, in the near future. Yea I have had a lot of starter issues, just add this to the long list! Was good to get it going and moving. 

Matt has a big trailer and will haul the TD6 to my daughters. I have some dirt to move around her pond and also fill in some low spots in her yard. Will be a good project for the old man and his old machine too! We will get pictures.

I took the switch apart and have a new old spring that I will put in place.

Regards,

 Chris

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Folks,

The TD6 starter switch was assembled with a new spring. Worked good and starter fired the engine up immediately. Next was the key stitch. The NAPA metal switches are no good. Feels like a box of rocks! So changed that for a marine plastic switch. 

Matt wanted to haul the TD6 to our local tractor show grounds and do some demo work tomorrow. So I got it cleaned up a little,

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Matt's trailer

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His IH Ford fits right in haulling the TD6

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Me with the load:

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Regards,

 Chris

 

 

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Folks,

 Some random photos of the crew working on putting on a new roof on the soup kitchen at out local tractor show. The TD6 was pressed into action and Matt and I took turns helping with it.

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Mike making some adjustments for the new roof:

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Bigger boys with bigger toys!

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Yep needs a new roof now:

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Any one have a UNIT crane to help out too! Yep!

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With clam shell bucket:

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Matt his truck and the 6:

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The TD6 ran well, came up to operating temp, oil pressure was good and charging rate near 14 volts, pressure gage on fuel pump in green operating range. Had some oil leak under the TD6 not sure where that is coming from. I may have a hard time getting this tracked loader away from Matt. He likes it a lot, and is good with the machine too.

Regards,

 Chris

 

 

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Dennis,

 I was lazy and did not refurb my track adjusters. I just stretched the track tight and put in a shim collar/ spacer around the adjuster. A quick farmer fix. I am pretty sure that if I had taken the track apart and started work on the under carriage it would still be in a pile in the yard. I choose to jerry rig it and keep the old girl moving.

I know I did not answer your question. 

Regards,

 Chris

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On 9/2/2019 at 7:58 AM, Dennis Geisler said:

My track 1955 - TD6 track adjuster has been welded and cracked again. How big of a job is it to remover the adjuster where necessary to weld it? Do I have to split the track?

 

On 9/2/2019 at 7:58 AM, Dennis Geisler said:

 

 

Just saw this post Dennis, perhaps you have the answer to your question already... my thought is that you will have to split the track if you want to remove the track adjuster to weld it... so you can move the front idler far enough forward to turn the adjuster out of the threaded insert....the adjusters can be seized pretty good, hopefully yours is not....  I recently split the track on my TD9 to install a new adjuster.. maybe I was just fortunate,  but the master link pin came out quite easily... those tracks are very heavy, so a good idea to have someone or something in place to give you an assist with it.. like a shop crane.

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Great to see the TD-6 doing its thing and the WD-45 turned out beautiful!

May I ask? What kind of back work did you have done and how long was the actual recovery time?

I really need to take the time out and have some work done on my lower back but recovery time is far longer than what the staff will say so I hesitate.

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Duey_C,

Thanks, on the tractors.

I was lucky in some ways that my TD6 project only herniated one disc between L4 and L5,  IIRC. That happened in August of 2017. As usual the health system forced me to jump through all the medical hoops and took about 3 months before I could see the surgeon. I had back surgery on the day after Thanksgiving 2017, and it relieved the majority (95%) of the sciatic leg pain immediately. Recovery was slower than I wanted but I was in pretty good shape by Feb 2018 and ready to make syrup. I did go to therapy 2 or 3 times a week.

As much discomfort as I was in, if it happened again I would have the surgery in a heart beat.

  I would not have been able to get that orange tractor done and many other projects if I would have let it go.

To answer your question they went in and removed the portion of the herniated disc that was pushing on the nerve which stopped the pain down my left leg. Had about 1.5 inch long incision. Would have been home the same day but had to stay over night due to some med reactions.

Here is that off color WD45 at the local fair, antique pulls, with Adam (son) driving.

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Hope that helps!

Regards,

 Chris

 

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Exactly what I was looking for Chris.

L4 and L5, for me too. They stretched the sciatic pain out of me. Ahhh. Just a "touched a nerve" tingle for me but it needs fixing. Thank you!

Good for Almer to work hard again too on that sled!

It'll be a pain to get rims and rubber on my off color '29 Twin City 21-32 that my son wants to pull but I'm game. Should be City of Montreal (light) gray but it'll be a rust-ball for awhile.

: - )

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Folks,

Talked to Matt and the TD6 will have winter storage inside at his neighbors farm. Matt wants to get into the worn rollers on this TD6. Not sure I am up to that project. Lots of very worn components in the under carriage, moving parts. Also the channel guide rails are very worn too! If it was going to be fixed right it could be a long drawn out project. Will have to think about that. I have done just enough of this old stuff to know that its not for the weak of heart, and or wallet!

We are in to PA deer season. Our son got a real nice 9 point! Was helping him get it ready for grinding yesterday.

Hope things are good in Red Power land! Thanks for checking on me. 

Regards,

 Chris

 

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Those replacement undercarriage parts for these old units are hard to find ... if you do decide to get into them, hopefully they will be rebuildable with new bushings, seals, etc...  those are still available, as others on here have found, and shown in their restoration project pictures...

If those u/c parts are still functional, and you are not doing a restoration, I’m guessing they will probably keep your ‘6 going for what you use it for, based on your past posts..

I want to take this opportunity to commend you Chris, for all your positivity and encouragement to others, especially the “newbies”... you make them feel welcome on the Forum...  I would like to meet you in person one day ...  we share many of the same interests.. 

Good luck with your deer hunt..   I have a moose and an elk tag to fill right now..  take care...,

Grant 

 

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Grant, Folks,

Thanks for the kind words! I was new here too and getting a warm welcome to a new world helps folks settle in. I like to jaw a lot. Often check at least 3 different forums several times a day during my retirement coffee breaks! Yes It would be great to meet some of the very nice folks on these forums. I have gained some good friends through tractors and projects! I really look forward to see others dive in and really go to town on these old units. Some awesome work has been done on these little TD series tracked units on this forum! I enjoy seeing the pictures and follow the work! 

Not sure I am ready for under-carriage rebuild on the TD6, But if I could have Matt helping it might just happen. He is a machinist also which sure wouldn't hurt if we needed some parts made. Since I don't know the good and the bad conditions of these rollers frames and wear items its hard for me to judge the amount of work required? Now on a Allis-Chalmers WD series I can look one of those over and have a good idea if it has problems. And yes I still bring them home when that have big problems!:)

Regards,

 Chris

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On 8/26/2018 at 8:57 PM, sugarmaker said:

Hank,

 I have a pile of pictures, not sure if I have that shot. If I do it should be posted in here. Might be back a year or so? I also seen KoO on the forum yesterday. He may have a picture too? Knock on wood! My starter worked real good today.

Folks,

I did some work with the 6 filling some holes where I had stumps removed.

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This was not a large project, couple hours total,  the TD6 did a good job of moving some dirt, and back scraping it fairly level. Temp came right up to the low end of the RUN temp on the gage and stayed there. Thermostat seems to be working good and I did not have any burp out at the neck of the rad so that farmer fix seems to be ok for now too.

Thanks for checking on me!

Regards,

Chris

Thanks for posting all the pictures of your T6, I really enjoyed them. I have a few more that I found you might find of interest. One is of the inside of the sliding gear shifter cover. I put two small PTO switches and two small tabs on the inside of the cover with an insulated stud near the shifter that activates the back up beeper in either high or low reverse. The next pic was the day I brought it home. I friend of mine who is a dairy farmer told me that If I got it moving in the field where it was and could get it on his trailer, he'd haul it home for me. The last picture shows the crude operator cab, loose battery, temporary tankand electric pump. It was a little scary because at the time I realy didn't know how to operate the crawler and it was in poor condition, but no one got hurt.... To this day I can't beleive considering the shape it was in that I got it moving. Just a quick comment on the steering clutch rebuild, with the fuel tank and seat removed there is just enough room to stand on the floor inside the attachment to confortably work on the steering clutches. (didn't have to spend much time on my head)

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T6,

 Thanks for the additional pictures of your T6! You did a great job pulling this out of the weeds! I had not thought about removing the tanks to get more access to the steering clutches.

Your machines ATECO loader is identical to mine.

Regards,

 Chris

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