Forums Forums - Off Topic Forum FUN





Go Back   Forums Forums - Off Topic Forum FUN > Snow Trac ST4, Kristi, Thiokol/LMC, Tucker, Bombardier & Other Snowcat Discussions > Snowcat Restoration & Modification Projects Forum

Snowcat Restoration & Modification Projects Forum Major Restorations, Upgrades, and Non-Stock Snowcat Modifications

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #61  
Old 04-19-2017, 10:21 AM
wakeupcall's Avatar
wakeupcall wakeupcall is offline
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: On a Glade Park Colorado Mountain Top
Posts: 280
Thanks: 18
Thanked 144 Times in 55 Posts
wakeupcall is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 1963 Tucker 443 AMR Resto-Mod

Quote:
Originally Posted by topwelder44 View Post
stainless is soft----out of the ? plus cats ive had ---never did a steel tracked tucker---not sure what rides on the stainless-if anything does----but stainless is soft ---wear factor----ouch----just sayin----btw did they ever make the tracks out of stainless----think
Top Welder, Stainless is soft compared to mild steel hot rolled sheet?? What?? The weight of the machine rides on the bottoms of the 4 pontoons when cat is in snow, when driven on hardpack or dirt the weight is more carried on the rollers/rails. As far as I know of the tracks were not made of stainless steel but I could be wrong. The rails are made of 1044 plow steel more of a wear bar. The bottom pans I took off were so rusted that they could not have slid very well on the snow, that is one of the reasons to try Stainless Steel.
Reply With Quote
  #62  
Old 04-19-2017, 10:23 AM
Pontoon Princess's Avatar
Pontoon Princess Pontoon Princess is offline
User Formerly known as GlacierParkBus
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Pontoonland
Posts: 1,432
Thanks: 1,831
Thanked 1,488 Times in 510 Posts
Pontoon Princess is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 1963 Tucker 443 AMR Resto-Mod

steel pontoons built with stainless steel bottoms seemed to wear okay, with the said, if you choose to use your Tucker Sno-cat like a armored Tank, they would not last as long,

the company even built pontoons entirely out of stainless and again they seemed to have done just fine

and building the shoes for the fiberglass pontoon out of stainless is a good way to go and it does solve issues with the shoes rusting, hopefully, now days, we, as owners, do take better care of our tuckers than those tank commanders of years ago...

ouch, there is no prefect snow cat, they all have weaknesses...
Reply With Quote
  #63  
Old 04-20-2017, 12:09 AM
wakeupcall's Avatar
wakeupcall wakeupcall is offline
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: On a Glade Park Colorado Mountain Top
Posts: 280
Thanks: 18
Thanked 144 Times in 55 Posts
wakeupcall is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 1963 Tucker 443 AMR Resto-Mod

Here are a few pics of some small plates made for my fiberglass pontoons to help keep nose rail adjuster bolts from embedding into fiberglass. Also made some light mounting brackets for interior lights for those night outings.
Attached Images
    
Reply With Quote
  #64  
Old 04-20-2017, 08:11 AM
Track Addict's Avatar
Track Addict Track Addict is offline
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Haverhill, MA 92% Conway, NH 8%
Posts: 2,016
Thanks: 7
Thanked 889 Times in 409 Posts
Track Addict is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 1963 Tucker 443 AMR Resto-Mod

How are you attaching them to the fiberglass? I did the same and glasses them in but I think mechanical fastener of sorts and glassing up to the face leaving the metal contact surface exposed would have been better.
__________________
Formerly Blackfin4Bluefin
Reply With Quote
  #65  
Old 04-20-2017, 06:32 PM
wakeupcall's Avatar
wakeupcall wakeupcall is offline
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: On a Glade Park Colorado Mountain Top
Posts: 280
Thanks: 18
Thanked 144 Times in 55 Posts
wakeupcall is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 1963 Tucker 443 AMR Resto-Mod

Quote:
Originally Posted by Track Addict View Post
How are you attaching them to the fiberglass? I did the same and glasses them in but I think mechanical fastener of sorts and glassing up to the face leaving the metal contact surface exposed would have been better.
Track Addict, On two or three of the adjuster pads on pontoons it appeared to me that at one time or another they must have used the adjuster to hold nose in place, there were big holes broke through the pontoon. Filled the holes with some type of fiberglass wannabe filler but took to long to harden. So there is not anything to mechanically attach to unless I build a different steel piece, so I found some 2 part fiberglass epoxy that claims to bond to steel. Just did get 4 of them epoxied in place and it acts like it will work good as long as I just use the adjuster to tension track I believe it to be good . Time will tell. Left the face of steel plate bare. Kinda trial and errorat this point but definately 110% better than i had! Hope to get to paint phase this summer, would like to see this cat back in color. Wakeupcall
Reply With Quote
  #66  
Old 04-20-2017, 07:35 PM
Track Addict's Avatar
Track Addict Track Addict is offline
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Haverhill, MA 92% Conway, NH 8%
Posts: 2,016
Thanks: 7
Thanked 889 Times in 409 Posts
Track Addict is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 1963 Tucker 443 AMR Resto-Mod

I had some punched though also and I think not tightening the 4 nose nuts after adjustment enough had a lot to do with it. Some star internal or external lock washers may be better for biting and hold over the standard locks that are stock. On the nose rails anyway.

My steel plates have held so far but the fiberglass on top did not.
__________________
Formerly Blackfin4Bluefin
Reply With Quote
  #67  
Old 04-20-2017, 11:05 PM
wakeupcall's Avatar
wakeupcall wakeupcall is offline
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: On a Glade Park Colorado Mountain Top
Posts: 280
Thanks: 18
Thanked 144 Times in 55 Posts
wakeupcall is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 1963 Tucker 443 AMR Resto-Mod

Good to know, I too had considered fiberglassing over the top. Guess We will try steel with a little orange paint on top. Thanks for your input .
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PB 070 Resto Alpine Snowcat Restoration & Modification Projects Forum 40 01-30-2016 09:40 AM
Two 1963 Tucker SNO-CATs 443A consecutive serial #'s HENDRIXDEFENSE Snowcat Repairs, Parts & Problems Forum 10 02-07-2015 08:16 PM
68 IMP Resto. jp11 Snowcat Repairs, Parts & Problems Forum 5 04-25-2014 01:08 PM
1963 Tucker 443's DAVENET Snowcat Classifieds (For Sale / Wanted) Forum 0 09-26-2011 12:17 PM
1963 Tucker for sale alaska741 Classifieds 'For Sale' or 'Wanted' Forum 12 10-02-2009 03:15 PM







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2002 - 2017 www.ForumsForums.com