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1  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Having problems reassembling HG Track Rollers on: August 06, 2018, 11:18:05 AM
So far I have only been able to get 3 rollers reassembled. I'm using new shafts and brass bushings but reusing the bushing retainers. I get everything assembled and the shaft doesn't spin freely. The first one I screwed up was due to dirt getting in during assembly. Then I noticed some of my bushings had the ends a bit mushroomed from installation. I tried to grind this down but haven't had luck saving those bushings. The last one I attempted I slid the bushing assembly on both ends of the shaft be fore assembley. Everything side on nice. I installed one side and the shaft spun nice but after installing the second side the shaft is bound. So what is the trick??? fwiw I'm using a vice to press in the bushings like the instruction manual shows.
2  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Re: Engine Rebuild DIY or farm it out? on: June 06, 2018, 10:51:14 AM
looks like I may have the insert type. I haven't looked at them yet but according to the engine serial number I should be safe. I'm waiting on a caliper set and a cylinder mic. I'm not sure yet what other tools I'll need besides the piston ring compressor and honer.
3  Welcome & Rules - Please read before posting / New members introduce yourselves here / Hi All!! on: June 02, 2018, 11:24:46 AM
Thanks for the membership. I'm from Guerneville Ca and am currently restoring an Oliver HGR-42 which now has metal tracks. We got it in 2008 from my wife's employer. I was able to get it started and thought I would just start playing with it. My wife had different ideas and as she was pressure washing it, kept asking me to take another piece off for easier cleaning. The next thing you know the whole tractor is disassembled and ready fort a complete rebuild! The restore got put on the back shelf for about 5 years but now we are in full swing again. I have a good memory for taking things apart and reassembly but never had to remember this long. Nuts and bolts are just in coffee cans! :-) Here is what she looked like when I went to pick her up. BTW wife nick named her Cricket.





4  Cletrac Tractor Discussion / HG, OC-3, OC-4 & General / Engine Rebuild DIY or farm it out? on: June 02, 2018, 11:09:35 AM
I'm in the process of rebuilding an Oliver HGR-42. I'm wondering if I should attempt the engine rebuild myself or send it out. I don't have any specialty tools other than a piston ring compressor and a cylinder honer the type you put in a drill. I'm good at disassembly and re assembly. Actually the tractor is in a million pieces right now. The other thing is I don't know of any local engine shops that do antique tractors. I'm in Sonoma County CA if anyone knows of a good shop.
Here is the engine plate.

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