View Full Version : Almost ready to dirve

01-01-2007, 07:55 PM
Its been 2 years in the works but the high wide small 15 proto type is closer to being ready to drive out of the shop. I want to beef up the spring first but here are some pictures of how it is coming.

Pictures 1, 2, and 3 were taken tonight. The fourth is how it looked when it came home 2 years ago.

01-01-2007, 08:03 PM
That is some beautiful work. Congratulations on bringing a rare piece of Caterpillar history back to life. Don

Pat in WI
01-02-2007, 03:43 AM
Very Nice Ron,

I know when you start a project like that, you never think it will ever get finished. Then one day you look up and sitting square in front of you is a work of art like no other. I'm sure you are looking forward to the day when you walk it outside for the first time.
Thanks for keeping us posted on your progress.

Al Letts
01-02-2007, 06:36 AM

I'm going to keep those photos for inspiration when I hit some tough spots. Good Job! Be rightfully proud of it.

01-02-2007, 07:11 AM
What a difference all your hard work made! So nice to see a tractor come to life. GWH

Jim Sixty
01-02-2007, 10:06 AM
Great job, that will be a tremendous asset to your collection and everywhere it is displayed.

01-02-2007, 10:13 AM
Ron, How does the two (original) angle supports work under seat? Or was there some kind of special bracket made up? Also why doesn't it use HC inner fenders? I thought I made a set for that tractor. Steve

01-02-2007, 04:14 PM
steve , when I started it looked like it needed high type inner fenders, but when it came time to fit things up the hc pieces didn't fit and reg assy fit and all the bolt holes line up perfect including the angle braces at the back, there are mounting holes in the spacers. This tractor should inspire some people
that have projects that are maybe worth restoring to just do it
THIS WAS IN PRETTY BAD SHAPE AND IT WILL BE NEAR TO PERFECT WHEN DONE. It will have nos undercarriage and front idlers and near to new tracks and pads and sprockets . The engine and clutches are all completley
renewed as well as the transmission and final drives. Every single part has been apart and cleaned inspected and replaced if any wear was detected
All new hoses and belts, gas tank bottom replaced and tank sealed , Radiator
completely dissambled and cleaned one tube at a time. and reassembled with new gaskets and radiator guard completely rebuilt with stainless metal. New seat cushions by hahn, and many other new parts.
Special thanks to Steve weaver, Pat nc, Don Martin , Dias Spring, Jim Zimmerman , Jeff Moyle ,John Hahn ,Melvin Rust, and anyone else that helped in anyway to complete this project. Ron Meeder

Steve A
01-02-2007, 05:40 PM
Great work Ron, It surley inspires me. I did talk to Bob regarding the part I was looking for and the cover you needed, He was going to take a look for both of them. Keep up the great work.

King of Obsolete
01-02-2007, 07:18 PM
excellent job, i looked at the pictures and realised that i HIGH machine is a lot harder to work on then a normal machine.

glad you are gtting close to enjoying the fruits of your labour.