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    Default An Auction for the Rest of Us (Off Topic).

    Garlic Mom, Ray, Billy and I went to an auction near Merced on Saturday.

    Garlic Mom and I went to Billy's Friday afternoon. We brought him a present of a Fifteen parts tractor that WyoCat was nice enough to arrange for us. Billy had a Fifteen parts tractor which used to sit in front of his house connected to a tumblebug. A guy stopped by regularly and asked him to sell it. One day he had a weak moment and had been regretting it ever since. Now he has a Fifteen to complement his tumblebug again.

    Billy and Annette were kind enough to host us for dinner and let us stay in their guest house. Billy's house is about two hours north of us, and the auction was about an hour from his house. Here's Billy's truck in its house.



    Saturday morning we woke up early and unloaded the Fifteen and put it where it belonged. We went to Firebaugh for breakfast at the Giant Burger, which is the local duck bill club. There we met several of Billy's friends, including one who has mules and showed us lots of neat pictures and videos of the mules, interesting tractors and other stuff.

    After a good breakfast, we headed north to find the auction. Our original plan was to bring three trucks, ours, Billy's and Joe's, along with our 966. It turned out Joe had other commitments and Billy's truck turned up with the shifter air lines eaten by mice, so we were down to one truck and the 966. That was O. K. though.

    When we got to the auction, there was even more, better stuff than the flyer had advertised. In addition to the Allis Chalmers Wheel Dozer and neat Allis Chalmers HD-16A we were interested in, there was another bareback Allis HD-16A, about the most pristine Adams pull grader I've seen. The big one with ten foot wide axles, two neat military Jeeps and quite a few Cats.

    Many of our Cat friends were there, so we didn't figure to get any of the Cats, but we did strike on a few good things.

    Here's a really neat 100 year old flat belt pump with pipe which we got for a couple hundred. This'll go in Daron's front yard.









    Here's the Allis Chalmers HD-16A we got for $850.00. It hadn't run in over ten years. It has a Detroit 6-71 for power. It also has a really neat Garwood blade with Garwood front cable control and Garwood double drum rear cable control. We added water and removed the valve cover to check for stuck injector. Pulling the engine through a revolution revealed three stuck injectors. I was able to pry them up and down a few times and get them loosened up. I pulled it through a couple more revolutions and they were still a little stiff, but the rack stayed free. Ray pushed me with the 966 and in about a revolution or so it was running just fine.

    Everything works, including the front cable control drum and both rear drums, all steering clutches and brakes and the master clutch. We tried the starter with two good batteries, but it didn't want to spin the engine over. We were just using jumper cables though and the old batteries were still connected, so sucking current too. I think if we got two good batteries and wired them up correctly, it'll start as it should.









    Here's an absolutely spectacular big Twenty which Skinner bought. I think he got a steal.







    Here's a really nice, straight Wooldridge which we got for $450.00. The tires all hold air and it looks really good.





    Here's a really nice ripper which we let go to a friend, who kindly backed off on bidding on some of the stuff we wanted. I think he gave $500.00 for it.



    And here's a nifty little Allis Chalmers wheel dozer. I believe it is a D-30 model. It has the Allis Chalmers six cylinder turbo diesel which was originally a Buda design, before they were purchased by Allis. We got this for $550.00.







    We were a little worried about the right front tire. The lock ring was pushed back about six inches off the o-ring and the tire was pretty cracked. The other three tires took air and appeared to hold well. We lifted the trunnion and set it on a big block, then ran a chain around the right front tire. We jerked on the chain with the 966 to try to pull the lock ring back out. At first, no dice. We tried pushing the ring in a bit with a fork tip and got the ring to move. Some nice people gave us a can of P. B. Blaster which we used liberally. With it all lubed up, we started jerking the chain again.

    It took lots of jerks and creative repositioning of the chain, but eventually we got the ring back up to the o-ring and started pumping in air. It took a bunch more jerks and repositioning of the chain, but we finally got the air inflow to overcome the leaks and the ring seated, o-ring sealed and the tire held fifty pounds of air.







    Saturday after the auction, Skinner needed some help hauling a nice Twenty Eight parts tractor to his place, so Garlic Mom and Billy followed him with our pickup and car trailer while Ray and I worked on the HD-16A. When they got back, we had it loaded up and were ready to take it to Billy's house. That was all we could get done that day, so we spent Saturday night at Billy's and returned Sunday morning, after another nice Giant Burger breakfast.

    Sunday morning, after fixing the wheel dozer tires, we were going to try to start it, but we discovered the fuel filters and canisters had disappeared. This engine has a Roosamaster pump and the filter base is a remote affair bolted to the block. It has provision for two canisters with what looked like six lines coming from it. My theory is that, even though it is mounted canister down, it is similar to the International scheme, where one canister is a prefilter from the fuel tank, then the lines go to the lift pump, then back to the second filter for a fine filtration, then back to the pump for injection.

    If I'm right, Billy has a spare set of those from his International MD, so I may be able to adapt something to work.

    Since we couldn't start it, we towed it around and got it lined up with the trailer. This has that fully hydraulic steering, where the steering wheel is connected to a rotor and lines go to the steering cylinders, no mechanical connection. That worked out good because we could just bump the wheels to steer where we needed.

    We got it all loaded up, chained down and hauled over to Billy's. We fired up the HD-16A to unload. Here's s short video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnkw...ature=youtu.be

    and some photos.







    Here's Billy and granddaughter McKenna, who were supervising.


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    Default Continued.

    While at the auction, we helped several people load stuff, including the buddy who bought the ripper and he also bought a really neat Galion grader with a UD-18 engine. Neat to have a full hydraulic grader with twin stacks from that era. This looks like something King of Obsolete needs.







    It was a fun day, lots of good friends and made some new ones and got some neat equipment pretty easy on the wallet.

    It'll be fun to get it home, adjusted, greased up and repaired, ready to play.

    Pete.

    Garlic Mom and I returned and loaded the Wooldridge, dumping the truck with it still on at Billy's and beat it for home. We were home by about 9:30 pm.

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    Perfect title to your story. Ain't that the truth !

    Thanks for sharing.

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    What a nice break getting the HD-16 to fire off and everything works on it. Looks like a fun day (or 2) was had by all.
    D-4 7U-43159 with 4S dozer and Cat 40 scraper, D-7 3T-1179 with Cat 7S hydraulic dozer, D-7 17A-3128, D-7 17A 13,944, D-8 14A-1160 with Cat 8S cable dozer, Cat 12-99E-4433 Grader. All runners and users.

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    Thanks again Pete for getting the 28 home for me. Always Good to see the Garlic clan.After unloading I was showing Garlic mom around my shop and Billy was checking out a few part tractors. Yes what a nice low key auction and only 20 minutes from home for me thanks Skinner

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    Looks like a great sale!

    We had a similar auction in our area just a few weeks ago
    Erik Christenbury
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    http://www.chriscomachinery.com/ACMOChapter12.htm

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    Great story Pete, You must be a lucky guy to have both the tire reseat and the Detroit fire right up, reading your story even made me feel good !

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    I am glad you got some stuff Pete. I was wondering why you let them steal the Cats. Nice RD6 and the old 20 still had original paint and wavy decals. I have not stopped drooling over the HD16's, glad you got one.Great auction, just like the old days.

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    Great outcome GP and everyone!
    I want a pump like Daron's, to put behind the D2's belt pulley to run at shows so I can sit next to it in a chair with a beer holder while it chugs away : )
    Cheers,
    Neil.

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    One thing I like about your adventures is that you never starve yourself! Always a good breakfast, lunch, or dinner...gotta keep your strength up, huh?

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