I got slowed down on my project. About all of the body panels are painted and ready to go. The fuel tank is already installed. UpNorthMI posted about a farm dump trailer he bought. That got my wheels turning. One of these would very useful and cool to use with my Oliver Crawler. I was about to purchase one just like his. Then I found this one on marketplace. I saved a few thousand over the cost of a new one and it will work just fine for me. I have to get the hydraulics back on my Oliver but it operate the dump just fine
When I built my home 35+ years ago, I purchased a Oliver OC-3 tractor / bulldozer. It was a partial build by Oliver, and delivered to the dealer in Massachusetts, Boston Tractor, and they completed it for grading the slopes on the Interstate highways that were being built. It had a very wide track for stability, but it was next to impossible to keep seals in the final drive. There was an old fellow locally that had a lot of NOS parts for them, and he also had a number of parts machines in his yard. He also had a full machine shop in his backyard to rebuild parts. He was a retired machinist at Pratt & Whitney, and a master at his craft. He built a 3 phase converter to run the shop, using an old 10 HP electric motor, and powered it with a 3 HP 110 electric motor. He explained how it worked, and I remember him telling me that CL&P (Connecticut Light & Power) didn't approve of what he was doing, but when the "inspector" retired, he asked him how to build one for for his woodworking shop. I can still see his shop in my minds eye. I am now older than he was back then. Somewhere in the cellar, I still have the manuals from that old machine, along with the manuals from my old Minneapolis Moline.
A few years ago, I went with my father-in-law to pick up a transfer case on the north side of Detroit. We walked in the guy’s garage and there sat an Oliver crawler. Not what I was expecting to see in a neighborhood on a city street.