View Full Version : My new Hi 10

07-02-2014, 09:23 AM
I am lucky enough to have got this 10 from Scott Hayes. It is a very nice survivor. I am told it spent It's working days on a Rose farm digging up rose bushes. The Hydraulic pump ran a digger. Thanks Garlic Pete for your effort to get me pictures of the hitch. Thanks Scott for selling me the tractor and also another friend ( Joel ) for hauling it down here for me. I have looked at Hi 10s in the high 3000 to low 4000 serial number range that were done at the factory and they have removable side curtains. Mine is in the 3700 range but has the standard sides. - Wally45227452284522945230

07-02-2014, 10:31 AM
Nice looking tractor Wally. Congratulations! Will it stay in its work clothes?


Garlic Pete
07-02-2014, 04:24 PM
Oh, it has to stay in its work clothes. I just love a natural looking tractor like that. It took ninety years of care and use to develop that paint job. I understand why some people like them shiny and new looking, but I sure do like them the way they look in the wild.

One question about mechanicals - it may just be the way the camera distorts, but it appears from the first photo to have a bit of toe out on the track frames. I believe these High Tens are a little more susceptible to that than other Cats. Mom's had that problem.

When we began looking more closely, we realized her toe out was about two inches at the front of the frames and was all on the left side. Mom and Martin disassembled hers, installing new(er) tracks, rollers and idlers at the same time. Martin found a great machine shop in town who came out and measured the wear and profile on the sprocket outer support bearing and the diagonal brace bearing. The machine shop made a custom bushing to fill in all the material which had been worn off, bringing the track frame back into alignment and making the tractor look and work like new. I don't believe they even charged very much for making the bushing, even though they came out at least three times to test fit it before they were satisfied.

She also found after taking it apart that the equalizer spring was shifted over in its saddle. There are two clamps which hold the spring together and seat into grooves in the bottom of the oil pan. Either the spring had walked within these clamps. or someone had shifted it over to avoid it falling off the perches. I kind of suspect the latter.

Here are some pictures of Mom and Martin's work over a couple of weeks of evenings. This was back in the dead of winter several years ago. I'd sure enjoy some of those temperatures and rain now. Hopefully you won't have to go through this, but at least if you do, you know someone found a successful solution.

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07-02-2014, 04:24 PM
Yes, It will stay in its work clothes for now. I will do a few things to it and then just enjoy it.

07-02-2014, 08:55 PM
And Pix #14 has a shot of the drawbar assy.


07-02-2014, 10:23 PM
Congratulations. That is a really cool survivor!