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gwhdiesel75
12-30-2006, 06:20 PM
A couple photos of Walt taken at Tulare several years ago. He is on Ed Akin's D7 3T. Note in one of the photos, GWH is operating, and Walt is clearly skeptical of GWH's skills as an operator, as Walt is preparing to jump if necessary!:D

D4Jim
12-30-2006, 07:29 PM
I'll bet the next photo would only be GWH on the tractor as Walt is fixin to leap!! :D Nice Pics GWH!!

Walt D7-3T
12-30-2006, 09:01 PM
George,

Thanks for the photos.

I was not aware, George, that you had taken those photos (or I have forgotten). The photos show me trying to start the pony. It was being stubborn and Ed came to the rescue. It turned out that there was some rust in the gas line to the pony. Once that was all cleared up it fire off with ease. I was privileged to ride with you, George, that Saturday and then on Sunday Ed allowed me to drive the D7 in the parade. My grand daughter (Sharia) rode with me. She was thrilled.

An interesting side story, the D7 was slobbering and Sharia and I were both covered after the parade. I didn't mind but my wife, Charlene, was not happy since we had bought the sweat suit outfit for her the evening before.

Darrol D8H
12-30-2006, 10:26 PM
Walt, George...Thanks for the pictures. I hated that crank on top for the starting engine, took my wrist watch off once when it back fired. Had a 3T that had crank coming out side of radiator gaurd, much safer. The 3T and 17A were neat tractors in my opinion. Darrol

SJ
12-31-2006, 05:33 AM
Walt usually if it,s not rings & liners being worn then if the tractor is run under a full load for a couple hours or more will stop the slobbering.Those older Cat engines all had a habit doing it & the hard work would help correct it and the idling & light load is what causes it.

Walt D7-3T
12-31-2006, 07:35 AM
Walt usually if it,s not rings & liners being worn then if the tractor is run under a full load for a couple hours or more will stop the slobbering.Those older Cat engines all had a habit doing it & the hard work would help correct it and the idling & light load is what causes it.

SJ,

You are very accurate in describing the cure. Ed told me later, when he got the D7 home, that he took it out and did some work with it and the slobbering stopped.:cool:

Back in the day... when I was running my familys D7's they were working and slobbering was never seen.

dave morgan
02-28-2007, 08:58 PM
We still have a winch tractor with 8 foot Balderson blade. still in good shape and running most of the wet season in the oil patch.

alan627b
03-02-2007, 01:48 PM
Hiya Walt! It's been about a year since I last asked this question, is your old D7 still safe and sound? Nobody scrapped it for you, or built a neighborhood around it yet?
I was amazed at the amount of change in some areas around Pheonix, in the years time between visits. It's not looking like I will get out there this year,
but time will tell.
Take care,
alan627b

Walt D7-3T
03-02-2007, 06:47 PM
Alan,

As much as I really wish I didn't have to tell the story, but, in January I discovered that it was hauled away to parts unknown. The Aunt that had owned the land it was sitting on, had sold the land and I was supposed to move the D7 in January last year (2006). Well, I have no resources to move the D7 so this January (2007) the new land owner (a developer - BASTARD!) hauled it away. I had discovered a few days before it went away that a few things had been removed, (throttle handle, fuel filter housing top and the pony engine crank case filler plug, to name the few items I did get to see).

So I am without a Cat. I am so depressed that I can't even measure how much.

Sorry to have had to tell this story.:(

To top it all off I had accumulated near $3000.00 in parts and manuals and such that are not needed, for now anyway.

Sign me off as Sad and PISSED,:mad: :mad: :mad:

alan627b
03-05-2007, 05:01 PM
Wow. What can I say, Walt, that really sucks. The guy could have at least called you first....
Well, here's to hoping you can go rescue those D8's some day....come to think of it, the same guy that has them has a D7 with a toolbar blade and a BeeGee pump on it.....maybe he'd give you a good package deal.
Keep your chin up, we're all in this together...
Alan627B