Repowered 50 TD

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Alberta Bolens
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Repowered 50 TD

Post by Alberta Bolens » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:47 am

I found an old crawler with dozer blade few months back. The previous Owner had startd to repower it, for health reasons had not finished it. The machine had been sitting close to 10 years. It looked like it could be made to work so I brought it home.

He was using a ford 200 CI inline 6 from a Versatile swather as the new power. It was installed and mostly hooked up, however the Crank shaft and input on the transmission did not line up very good. After a few more modifaction I managed to line things up pretty close. After tuning up the engine, finding good rad, hood and a fuel tank. It runs fairly well. Tracks, rollers, and sprockets are in very good shape. As I had it apart I brushed on some trem clad to spruce it up some. Over all I am pleased with the out come. Crawler is 50TD. Engine, hood, rad are from a Versatile 400 swather.

How it looked as I found it.
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Re: Repowered 50 TD

Post by Alberta Bolens » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:51 am

Working it trying it out.
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Re: Repowered 50 TD

Post by Gard » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:41 pm

Nice job on the restoration, I love to see old equipment being used even if it is not restored to original condition. Thanks for sharing it

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Re: Repowered 50 TD

Post by Alberta Bolens » Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:40 am

I wasn't looking for a machine to restore. I needed a machine to do a couple of projects and re sell. When I bought this I didn't know what make it was until I got it home and did some digging. Tracks n under carriage looked good and it looked like I could make it run with out to much hassle. I picked this up for $600 spent about the same to get it up and running. I am pleased how its turned out.

I think finding parts around here to get this machine back to original would be like finding hens teeth.

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Re: Repowered 50 TD

Post by John.Newman » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:30 am

Regarding availability of parts, I think hens'teeth may be easier to find. Must admit though I had a couple of luck breaks when restoring my 50TD Mk2. Needed a full set of gears and crown-wheel & pinion and picked them up from a farmer in New Zealand. Ended up with 3 15kg packages arriving at our local post office. Yours looks it may be a Mk1 as well by looking at the steering levers as they are wide spaced. Mine are close together between your knees.
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Re: Repowered 50 TD

Post by cobbadog » Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:34 am

Sometimes you need to find the hens teeth under the frogs feathers for all the planets to align.

Nice work on both machines fellas!
I have a couple of sisters in Toowoomba and I go up to annoy them every now and then.

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