2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6, Page #20
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"Mini Dozer" Made Out Of Salvaged Parts

Don Moss, Tallula, Ill., made this "mini dozer" out of salvaged parts. It's equipped with a 4-ft. blade on front.
  "I built it mostly as a fun project, but it can do some serious work," says Moss.
  He started with an old David Bradley self-propelled trencher, using the trencher's undercarriage, 10-in. wide steel tracks, and blade. The rig is powered by a 305 cu. in. 6-cyl. gas engine out of an El Camino car. The engine direct-drives a hydraulic pump that shaft-drives the transmission. The tracks are driven by a big roller chain. The seat is out of an old Jeep and the fuel tank mounts behind it. The blade is raised or lowered by a single hydraulic cylinder.
  "I park it in front of my machine shop where it gets a lot of attention," says Moss. "I built it last spring. I use a pair of levers to steer it, much like an old fashioned dozer. I built it so that it's easy to service. By removing three bolts I can take the engine and pump off the frame. By removing four bolts on back I can take the seat, battery, and fuel tank off.
  "A pair of steel mufflers come up out of the hood. I cut the engine manifold off and blocked it up, then cut a pair of holes in the top of it and mounted the mufflers in them."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Moss, Rt. 1, Box 27, Tallula, Ill. 62688 (ph 217 634-4158).

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6