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1  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: 12 volt battery on OC3 on: June 21, 2014, 11:45:12 PM
The correct answer is , you will have to do some investigating . It is possible to purchase a positive ground alternator .  It is also possible to purchase a 6 volt alternator in either positive , or negative ground . ( I have a positive ground 6 volt alternator on a Model A Ford right now ) . Hopefully it will be marked on the alternator .

THIS IS  the correct answer.    A  good example  was  the older  Delco / Mopar  (don't know about Ferds)  back when they had individual  diodes  instead of a  bridge.    It was  an easy  afternoon job  to remove all six  diodes,   swap  their positions,  and you have  a  POS  ground alternator

There DOES  exist  some  heavy trucks that were  POS  ground  12V.   What  a PITA  to get  2-way  radios  working in them!!!!

You can  easily  figure this out.   Get a charged battery,   and do NOT hook up  the "hot"  lead.    Ground   say,  the NEG  (you have  a 99%  - 1%  shot, LOL)  and then  take a test lamp and wire  IN SERIES  with the positive post to the hot  stud  on the alternator.  Do this with  the main  charge wire  to the alternator  unhooked

If you do NOT   get a  light, you have the polarity reversed.      If you DO  get a light, the battery is backwards

To make this even more  convoluted,    sometimes  "back in the day"   either dry-charged  "new"  batteries    or   batteries  which  had been run  completely  dead    somehow  got  "Reverse"  charged.   So you could NOT  go  by  battery  post markings.      In my  66  years,   I've run into this at least  twice.
2  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: Junk Cletrac, no model, engine swap candidate What model? on: June 26, 2013, 07:20:03 PM

Well,   my  old   Cleota  /  Toyotrac  is  getting   "flipped."    This must be  some  REAL  expensive paint,  LOL.     I wish the guy luck.  Based on the  small no.  of phone calls I got  when I sold it,    3800  might be  a little  "over" priced.

 OLIVER CLETRAC DOZER/Trade? - $3800 (Missoula Mt)

OC3 68 gage wide track dozer. This unit has a 20 R Toyota engine, which means you can still gets parts. Other parts available on Face Book @ oliver crawleres. Nice for doing the small jobs or plowing snow.. Runs good... Thanks Would consider trading for a complete snow plow setup for F 150......

3  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: Junk Cletrac, no model, engine swap candidate What model? on: April 18, 2013, 12:58:41 PM
Well,   LOL,  you never know  what the future holds.    I'm  getting  slower, lamer, and more arthritic.    I'm  still  "hammering away"  at the  Dart,  but  even that is painful  at times.      Only  reason  I sold  the  crawler  is  that  I really don't have a place for it.    Ya never know,   I might  find    that winning lottery ticket,  LOL    (I don't buy them,  I found out that  statistically,  the chances  of FINDING  the winning ticket are as good as  BUYING one)

And............I  couldn't do much without the little Farmall 100.......................

4  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: Junk Cletrac, no model, engine swap candidate What model? on: April 15, 2013, 04:33:01 PM
Well guys  it's,  really,  mixed  emotions.    The    Cleota / Toyotrac  went down the road today.   Due to my  estate property not getting sold,  and my arthritis  getting worse,  it's  probable  that  I'll never  afford,  or be physically able  to  get a place  out of town.    So  put the little gal up on  Craigslist.    Guy  from Billings  drove clear over,  gave me 1250.    That  doesn't cover what's  "in it,"  but then  how DO you price  something like this?

5  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: Facebook Page for Oliver-Cletrac HG, OC3-4 on: March 12, 2013, 04:03:33 PM
No,  heh.      And  I  would never  have believed  that I'd  hear,  at age 64,  that some prospective employers  would want  to check  someone's online social page  before or if  they might hire that  person.   
6  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: Facebook Page for Oliver-Cletrac HG, OC3-4 on: March 10, 2013, 08:36:35 PM
Sorry,  I  don't   "do"  certain things.     Nudity in public,  Walmart,  and "Social"   internet pages.
7  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: Thinking out loud... on: December 08, 2012, 09:29:10 PM
Something you might want to check out  and consider.   I don't know anything about Cletrac pulleys,  but  some  are not  actually "flat"  but rather convex  a very slight amount,  which promotes  keeping the belt centered.   
8  Other / Other Misc. / Identify an old grader? on: September 26, 2012, 12:46:41 AM
This  photo, taken in 59,  with my  little sister and brother aboard,  is a tractor made out of  part of a Road Grader.   I'm trying to figure out what it  "was."

When we got it   from  the "junker"  it was the rear wheels, rear axle/ transmission,  cast iron bellypan,  and a Ford flathead 6,  NOTHING  else.

My father  had the blade metal bend,  cuts made on the plow   arms,  and the discs  cutout for the lift winch   and MADE  the rest!!!

Front axle is out of a 34?--36??  Ford.  (Big bolt pattern,  cable brakes)   Radiator ??  Dash cluster  I think out of a Stude from the dump,  Lord knows the fuell tank,  and hood is home made.   The  plow hoist  was brutal,  an old worm drive steering box   on the near  wheel.  

My  Grandfather  named the place  "Ranch Atlasta"  on the hood of the tractor.    It lasted a couple of years,  threw a rod,  and Dad went on  to a "man's tractor,"   the Farmall Regular

So if you would,  concentrate on the rear,  the belly,  and the engine,   although  I do  NOT  know for certain  that the engine was "factory."   The idea of it  would have looked similar to the old  Ford tractor based graders,  but that is not what this was

I'm guessing it was a cruder, older version of this

9  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: Interesting OC-3 components! on: March 25, 2012, 12:11:59 AM
I just  post the link as you did,   I.E.   "copy and paste,"   and add the code to the ends.   Here's  a screenshot of the text.   You can't post the text  because it tries to display a photo!!

So below is a photo, hosted by tinypic.   The  URL,  without the   bracket_image_code_bracket   is:

10  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: Or you can try to turn your Magneto into a Distributor! on: March 19, 2012, 09:22:28 PM
I've seen some  "nonsense".   One guy  had  a Farmall  similar to our old  "Regular"  with a V8  dist.  coupled to the mag drive with a hose  and clamps  "coupler."    At the time,  I didn't think to ask him  "what about the sparks from the open  plug towers?"
11  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: My Little Ollie. on: February 25, 2012, 05:41:11 PM
I missed my  chance at a video.  We had exactly  one  snowfall  this year  that was  deep enough that I plowed the alley.   Since then  we've had  mostly  dry weather,  until the last couple of weeks,  a  constant  drizzle of  rain/ freeze / thaw  and just enough snow thrown  in to make the roads miserable.    Today  we're getting  an inch or two,  and another inch or two predicted tomorrow.

Because of the thawing/ mud  I haven't gotten  a darn thing done all winter.    Had hoped to get the disc brake frontend  under the Dart

67 Dart GT,  junkyard  360/ 727  Torqueflite,  Edelbrock Performer,  Hedman headers,  Ford  disk brake  9"  axle with 3.89  posi gears.   Aftermarket seats until  / if I get the originals  reworked.

Our  only  "decent"  snowfall earlier this year.  It went away   just about a week after this photo was taken

The wind blew.  I guess I need sided on it,  afterall.  Yeah.  I built that mess.

12  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / Subjects Related To All Models / Re: LIMO - Swedish copy of Cletrac model H on: February 06, 2012, 11:06:09 PM
Hi,  I don't even use this site,    I use

I usually size my photos  at  about 600 x  whatever the  "auto"  ratio is

Just go to the site,  click browze,  which will open up your computer,  browze to the photo,  and click upload.  There is a  security question you'll have to answer   and then there will be three  text boxes appear.   I always  use the one  marked  "message boards"   just highlight,  copy  and paste.
13  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: Junk Cletrac, no model, engine swap candidate What model? on: January 24, 2012, 08:31:27 PM
I'm not really complaining.   Last year we got a huge snow  BEFORE  Thanksgiving,  and met or broke records for snowfall in the area.   

This year  we got a little snow before Thanksgiving,  which melted off.  It was pretty much  dry, other than a little rain  until just before this storm.  It's been  above freezing many days,  and heck,  we're close to February.   Even if it snowed  A LOT  between now and "the end"  at least we didn't have to put up  with  "winter"  all winter.
14  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: Junk Cletrac, no model, engine swap candidate What model? on: January 23, 2012, 08:49:58 PM
Well we've had 'er pretty easy  so far this winter.  Finally  got  snow  which  "stuck"  a little while ago,  and I finally  got to use  the ol gal  a little to plow the alley

I see that  my first post on this project was  Jan /09  when I bought it.   The battery that was in it  finally  died a little earlier this fall.  After sitting all summer,  the little Toyota 20R  fired right up.   I'm running an old Ford Falcon carb,  and it worked better with the governor with the accellerator pump hooked up,  has a manual choke.   I just turned on the key,  the electric pump filled the carb,  pumped the throttle two strokes,  and pulled out the choke.   She only  cranked about 3 seconds  and fired!!

15  Shows, Events, Video / Video Clips / Re: MY FDE on: December 27, 2011, 09:44:37 PM
The ol'  girl  looks and sounds  GREAT
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