TD-18 IH Crawler


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now to change out the sprockets because Eggo had a better set.


once again the Hoe is handy.

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Blaine is almost on the under carriage of Eggo.


just a few more inches and everything is lining up.

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for safety I have these blocks in the tracks so the cat can not roll back wards.

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now the Hoe makes it easy to pull the track up and over the top rollers.

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once again using block to hold the track up for the pins to be installed. Working smarter not harder.

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Blaine is almost complete with the under carriage exchange.

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the one track tight decided to quit working by stripping the threads on the take up nut. Problem was corrected very quickly.

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I just did some quick up hand welds on the track pin to hold it in to place.

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now to work on the track guides which need a lot of love.

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the rollers had to be built up and a few broken bolts removed.

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just a little wear where the roller rolls up and down.

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very lucky day when you can get this many broken bolts out.

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everything all painted up and ready to be installed 2 years later. Not sure what happened but i got busy.

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the TD-18 known as Blaine has sat in front of the little shop for 2 years now since I last worked on the cat. Then on a late sunday afternoon I decided to work on the cat so I could move it. With the track roller guides not in place means there is nothing to hold the front of the tracks in place. That is why I never moved the cat. I used the mini Hoe to lift the track guide rollers in to place.

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the next day I finish up a few things on the cat and start the engine to move the cat for the first time in 2 years. Only problem is the antifreeze is being pumped out the top of the rad so that means a head is cracked.

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it was easy to figure out which head was cracked when I popped the start plugs out and antifreeze was being pushed out when cranking the motor over.

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the mini Hoe is handy for these kind of little lift jobs.

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the TD-18 motor is very simple and 2 heads mounted on one block.

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the crack can be seen on #3 cylinder which goes from valve to valve and across the injector port which is the coolant passage.

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I have to dig out the green head that were used on the TD-18 known as Dually in 2008 to get him running. These heads were on a seized motor and I made then work one more time 11 years ago and I’ll make this one work one more time again.

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we used the green forklift better known as the rut maker in the Kingdom to get the head up in position to be installed.

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to re-use the head gasket again I splash a little of this Aviation Form-A-Gasket on.

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of course the $1500.00 torque wrench makes it easy to get the head tightened down.

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TD-18 INTERNATIONAL "Blaine" started 2011