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  1. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    Still working on the welder problem here. Thanks all for the input. I'll try a couple more things but I'm not hopeful. Rather than writing posts, we've been chasing spring chores and dodging weather like mad. Will and I have been beating the junk out of the bulldozer of late. The wifey bought 12...
  2. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    Ed, Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one! Lol... I have tried 3 different spools of wire from different manufacturers with the same exact results. It's time to throw this thing under the bus and get another one. I'll keep everyone in the loop...
  3. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    I've been struggling with a tool problem for awhile. I've got a Hobart 125 wire feed welder and....well...it won't (reliably) feed wire. One thing a wire feed welder SHOULD do is feed wire. After much maintenance and misery, I've decided to get another welder. I had previously used Lincoln stick...
  4. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    3-point hitch limit switch. Seems to be working quite well...
  5. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    After the big "work day" debut, I brought the dozer back to the garage for a thorough looking over. There were a few bolts and nuts that needed tightening as well as the left side caliper that was starting to get loose again. For the caliper I'm going to make an angle bracket that will bolt from...
  6. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    Alive! Alive! My creature is alive! It's working better than I could have hoped. Will and I are making a switchback trail up to momma's beehives on the steep hill behind the house. Still plenty of frost in spots but it digs like a badger otherwise. Will is learning the subtlety of pushing dirt...
  7. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    Finished the welding/fabrication on the johnny bucket: Sits flat for backing into the pile. Now the weird 3 point hitch geometry makes a little more sense... When you raise it all the way up, it dumps the bucket. My father in law has some 18 gauge metal sheets I can have. Next time we get...
  8. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    Mark, Thanks for that. A great story! In 75 I was at my first duty station, Ft Carson. People ask me what I've done in my own life. Hah. I just answer that one can tell they've lived well if you tell them what you've done and they don't believe you. A few of the many projects/adventures: Porsche...
  9. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    Details, details..... The new front pivot/plow mount. Sort of speaks for itself... Limit switch circuits to control the front winch. As the winch that raises and lowers the blade has enough power to tear the pulleys and parts into knots (Don't ask me how we know that. Successful test!) some...
  10. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    A couple of detail photos. I had to work around a few things back there. Not to mention, figuring out how to be able to get at the fasteners. Most are accessed from inside the toolboxes. One is gotten at from underneath and two more on the top rear of the fenders. The blue color is powder...
  11. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    It's finally warm enough to do a bit of painting. I got both fenders and hatches finished. I found the cam latches at my local RV joint. I didn't want keys for these Right side Rear. I still need to find some weatherstrip but should wait a few days for the paint to fully cure first. The job...
  12. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    Not much progress to report I'm afraid. The spring honey-do's are in full bloom and early indications are that it appears to be a seasonal bumper crop. As to testing: the boy has had it out torturing both the machine and driveway and has been coming back with good reports. He's learning the...
  13. William Adams

    123 dozer conversion

    Gary, Brilliant! Although I'd never advocate drinking and driving, anyone who's seen the thread could only come to the conclusion that there is plenty of that going on during planning and construction.....
  14. William Adams

    Looking for local groups, shows and gurus

    Hey all. My son and I attended our first plow day last October near Menomonie, Wi and met some fine folks but we've lost that contact information. If anyone knows of upcoming shows or get-togethers around western Wi/eastern MN I'd really appreciate a shout-out. Thanks!
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