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WTB: long track frames for 5U13273-up

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4 years 8 months ago #177484 by neil
Just a refresh that I'm looking for good condition long track frames that are used on 5U13273 and up D2s. These take 33 link chains. If they come with covers, even better! : ) Shipped to 14534 and I can use Fastenal if not local. I don't need blade ram frames that may be on them.

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Neil

Pittsford, NY

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5 months 5 days ago - 5 months 5 days ago #237353 by neil
Refreshing - still interested in track frames from a D2 above serial # 13237, which have the slightly longer frames to match my tractor.

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Neil

Pittsford, NY
Last edit: 5 months 5 days ago by neil.

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5 months 5 days ago #237364 by d2gary
Hey Neil, do you have an original set of these frames or are you trying to up grade. I still think making a set is possible. Now before you go crazy I'm booked up with projects well into the fall but might be willing to help out this winter. Since its been 4 years since you originally posted im assuming you're not in a huge hurry. I can guide you through or maybe some other members can help. I'm not against doing the fabrication but I don't think its that big of a deal. If your welding skill is a little lacking you could take a basic course at your local community College. Just something to think about

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5 months 4 days ago #237371 by neil
Hi Scott, I'm refurbishing mine currently to use (new idler mounting channel) but would prefer to just find a good usable set. I don't really want to make a new set myself because of the effort and I doubt I would end up with frames straight enough to satisfy my OCD. Plus virtually nothing on the current frames are reusable - even the pivot tubes would need to be fabricated rather than gluing the rusty old existing ones into new channel

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Neil

Pittsford, NY

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5 months 2 days ago #237420 by d2gary
It would be great if you could find a good used set but it seems like hitting the lottery would be easier. I'll keep in touch to see if you find some but I think fabrication is the way to go. I have a set of useable pivot tunes that I could salvage off a parts tractor and the rest of the frames is just generic steel. We could probably work something out for this winter. Since you have the prototype we can get measurements from them and maybe give it a go. I'm up for the challenge if you are interested, if not thats fine too

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5 months 15 hours ago #237453 by neil
Man, if someone could build them for me, I'd be like a pig in mud. My problem with the fabrication is keeping everything straight. Even the two pieces I'm adding on are already crooked, so I'll be hacking them off and trying again. The only components that I think are "special" are the channel that has a broader flange on the bottom. I was looking at a dealer leaflet that I have for the J-series and it actually called that out as a feature. Can't remember by how much but maybe 3/4 to an inch. But outside of that the dimensions are basically C5x9. I think that would be sufficient and I'll find out when I finish replacing the two pieces that the idlers ride on The three webs between the channels looks to be 3/8 (basically some flat with two bends in it, and the curved plate joining the top of the two channels is somewhere between 3/8 and 1/4

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Neil

Pittsford, NY

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5 months 15 hours ago #237455 by d2gary
You are correct about the bottom flange but if you upgrade to the d3 rollers you are adding 1 inch flat bar and that should be more than enough reinforcement. I questioned my friend with the welding shop about the gussets and he thought they wouldn't be a problem to bend.

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5 months 15 hours ago #237456 by Rome K/G
It's called ship channel.

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5 months 14 hours ago #237462 by d2gary
    Thanks Rome K/G I asked my welder friend and he sent me the spec sheet for the steel.
I don't think a gentleman farm tractor would know the difference but it's nice to know there's something to duplicate the original
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5 months 4 hours ago #237471 by neil
Interesting, thanks for posting that Gary, I was under the impression that it was a Cat special. I'll have to enquire with the local steel joint about availability. I've been raiding their seconds pile which has proved very fruitful. I guess there are a lot of offcuts that aren't of much use to anyone except a backyard hobbyist. Can you help me with the spec above - I can see one flange width listed but not the other. What would be the ship channel for the D2's channel which is height: 5", thickness: 5/16, top flange: 1 3/4, bottom flange: 2 1/2. I don't think I see it listed. It has the thickness of the MC3x7.1, the bottom flange width of the MC4x13.8, and there doesn't appear to be a web height of 5"

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Neil

Pittsford, NY

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