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Us old ice hands have a soft spot in out hearts for these old beasts

54 inch track pads direct drive transition and a D 342 or the high power ones had a D 353 engine
I will look I had some picture of the 50 th birthday party they threw for em the last time I was down

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Steve, It definitely would be a shame to scrap them !! you ought to own one to go with your snow trac!!!! funny its named the same as the first steam lombard !!!!
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13'6" wide… and 23' long …. a big one !!!!
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say nothing about weighing around 50 tons or more!!
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I had to look that one up I had never seen a wide pad 8 I know a guy who operated a 9 on a daisy chain in Thompson pass during the construction of the Alaska pipeline
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Case we want to set up a joint venture on saving the old girl, some pic
from the B day and around the town, Pulling the balloon building after the D8 couldn't
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Steve, That last picture machine must have had a d353 engine in it.Nice conversion of the Balderson chip blades. Don
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Us old ice hands have a soft spot in out hearts for these old beasts

54 inch track pads direct drive transition and a D 342 or the high power ones had a D 353 engine
I will look I had some picture of the 50 th birthday party they threw for em the last time I was down

hope She goes to a good home not for scrap! tuckerville?



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scott scott scott, do we have room in the back 40? tuckerville minion
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with that beast you can make all the room you need!
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Default Re: Mary Ann a real piece of Antarctic history

I know those are d-8's what is with the space between the cab and engine I knew something looked off with the cab now I see it are the frames stretched also
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they stretched the frame for more track to lower the grown pressure and more pulling power. Gerald Christ and Russ did a lot of mods to the frames as they did crack. there was a belly tank there too so I was told
Gerald is on the slope now and Russ should be coming off the ice now.
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that's cool there is a lot of extra space in the bellies for fuel and those things can drink it down. when you say direct drive transmissions do you mean they don't have a power shift trans?
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nope direct drive....... no top rollers either, I am trying to get a couple of ice friends to join the forum and to come to Mt hood, They ran them so have more first hand knowledge of them the traverse and the tuckers. Dave worked with Tucker on the tucker they flew to waist divide. I hoping he come to Mt hood in Apr.
Me I was stuck in the power plant keeping my D399s going drinking coffee and getting fat on doughnut's
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Very interesting - are those wooden timbers to support the upper track sections instead of rollers?
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Default Re: Mary Ann a real piece of Antarctic history

I noticed those as well. I wonder if they help to keep ice from building up in the rails and pins. When operaing they would fill the gap and let nothing in the rails. Rollers may build up with ice and snow and pack this between the rails. It would also affect track tension. JMHO. Hope some one here knows the answer..

I've been told the D343 engines (DOHC 4 valve motors in 1962!!) were not easy to start in cold weather. Obviously these guys had a way figured out!

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Replacing top rolls with hardwood "sliders" is an old trick from the logging industry.you didn't have to worry about top rolls freezing up.Heres a picture of my old 1952 oliver cletrac ,used in Maine to haul Lombard sleds. I have since put new hardwood sliders on her. As far as the chains packing with snow most for use in winter had cutouts. Don



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I just flew up to Prudhoe today, on the flight was a crane operator headed to Pt Thompson. He just came from McMurdo and I asked him about Mary Ann. He said he walked her down to the ice pier under her own power to load on the ship this years ship. So She was running then.
He said there no more stretch 8 in McMurdo now. course there a few down in crevasse and at little America and sunk in the bay.

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you will be happy to know that Mary Ann now has a nice new home and is beaning well taken care of. a friend in California owns her and makes sure she get out and walks around a little.
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Good news! If he needs some info help let me know. Old RUss is in Calif he's got more experience than anyone
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