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Old 10-04-2019, 09:04 AM   #1
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A while back I asked for help/information regarding what type of gear oil to use in an old Cat grader, with your help I settled on NAPA GL-1. Thought you might like to see the old yellow iron. She's a 1953 Cat 212 with a pony start, D 311, 4 cylinder, 4" bore diesel. Only about 45 horse power but as a friend said 'those are draft horses, not pony's". After many hours of work to the pony pinion/starter drive and a repair of the drive shaft that runs from the crank shaft through the transmission to run the blade and wheel tilt plus some clutch work we finally got her back together. 66 years young and still doing her job.
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Old 10-04-2019, 12:05 PM   #2
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I like it!
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Great job!!
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she's a beauty! thats what i do for a living
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Great to see old iron running again, have fun.
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:37 PM   #6
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I may be wrong, but i think when i was a kid...1955... Seneca county in Fostoria used one like that to clear heavy snow off of what was then R R #4 near Amsdon Ohio.
Thanks 4 the memories. Mom had a 50 Ford then. mike
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As a whipper snapper I had about a 1/24th scale metal toy of that equipment. Great for playing in the dirt.
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Old 10-05-2019, 04:21 PM   #8
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My Pop opted for the orange instead of the yellow. He had an old Allis Chalmers AD30 6- stick grader with the 3-71 Detroit diesel. It was 24-volts so it could use an electric starter. He used to repair the farm roads and washed out terraces on our dry land Kansas farm.
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As a whipper snapper I had about a 1/24th scale metal toy of that equipment. Great for playing in the dirt.
Yup! Me too!! Did a lot of "earth moving" with mine!!
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when i was a young jaffter the town used one to plow snow on our road not fast put very powerful great job enjoy it
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Old 10-06-2019, 09:35 PM   #11
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Nice!! When I was still working (UGH!!) I bought many new Cat graders from Western States Equip Co. in Boise Idaho.
Quality machines and I hope they will last as yours did..........
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Nice!

Starting one of those with a hand-cranked pony is like nothing else. My uncle had an early 50s D6. We went to use it one day and could not find the crank. He told me "go get the 3/4 drive socket set". He selected a socket and put it on the handle. Turned the pony just where he wanted it. Pulled the handle and she (the pony) was running. Great memory.
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