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no doubt this has been discussed but, when I worked at The Dealer I was the Go To for such queries--since I retired some 16 years ago there is basically no one doing this.
I fought long and hard to keep the old literature and tooling--alas, when I Retired it got dumped along with my Cat School Books that they pleaded with me to leave for them
Seeing this site is the Go To for older Cat Equipment queries--I know that Dealers tell enquirers that they do not have any literature or expertise to handle such queries---they basically refuse to help due to time and cost constraints as well, so they tell enquirers to get on ACMOC to get their assistance and answers for any queries on anything before about 1980, so if we are their Technical Service Department then would it not be reasonable for them to chip in for running this site.
Maybe Caterpillar should be acquainted with this current state of affairs with their Dealers unwillingness to assist with obsolete machine queries and so may wish to assist themselves, as well as suggesting that Dealers may wish to chip in too.
Even if the Chip In was only to help defray costs of setting up the new BB and its ongoing running costs of maintaining the BB each year.
Pie in the sky I know but if you do not try you will never know.
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