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    KRISTI KT2A “Rescue” of Sorts

    Thanks, Snowy. Helpful info. Working on both Kristis at once and my current thinking is as follows. The 55-year old specs call for 5-ply cotton-nylon. There is 3-ply on there now, about 3/8”-thick. Width is 5-inch, but we noticed on the old KT2 that a 2-ply 1/4” belt was used and at 6-inch...
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    KRISTI KT2A “Rescue” of Sorts

    The KT2A transmission is cleaning up nicely with WD40. That’s the linkage box to the left sitting upside-down. Other image is of the 550 Flexco belt fasteners under attempted disassembly. That’s tough work extracting those countersunk specialty bolts. Clearly, these are intended as a...
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    KRISTI KT2A “Rescue” of Sorts

    Hi, GMoose, I love your Frandee Snoshu. How did you refurbish the wooden cleats? My Kristis have the hickory cleats and I am looking to source some replacements. At some point, we may do a complete track buildout which may force a switch to synthetic cleats. Paul D
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    KRISTI KT2A “Rescue” of Sorts

    Wondering about rust treatment for all these track components. Has anyone tried electrolysis on big amounts like this? I have successfully treated gas tanks this way, and small specialty parts. I do have a pretty large plastic tank. Something tells me to just store the things in a dry location...
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    KRISTI KT2A “Rescue” of Sorts

    Tearing apart the old rotted track on the KT2A to salvage the wheel guides and flat caps of the grousers. The hickory tread is all hopelessly decayed, of course. The four-ply rubber track is also of no worth. The outside floating track was some type of canvass, and again too rotted. The Flexco...
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    Hi, Bart. I have a Kristi KT3 that is a reliable runner. I put about 30 hours on it this winter...

    Hi, Bart. I have a Kristi KT3 that is a reliable runner. I put about 30 hours on it this winter, including on Canyon Ferry Reservoir in Feb. The KT2A is a long term resto project. Will have to get good at fiberglass fabrication for sure, since that would seem to be a place to start. Let me...
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    POLL: What brand snowcat do you own?

    Kristi KT3 in running condition and a KT2A in bits and pieces.
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    KRISTI KT2A “Rescue” of Sorts

    Thanks, PP. The goal was always to “save” the thing, which I think we have done. The person who sold it to me at a bargain rate was also interested in seeing the Kristi be preserved somehow. I had let a junked KT3 get away on me and I fear that one may have wound up at a recycler. Told myself I...
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    KRISTI KT2A “Rescue” of Sorts

    The KT2A is pretty well broken down into its various components and cleaned up for storage. A few comments based on what my son and I have learned thus far: A faithful restoration would entail sourcing quite a few component parts, such as a hydraulic system (pump, reservoir, pistons, lines and...
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    KRISTI KT2A “Rescue” of Sorts

    Both may have been compromised from decades of service. The engine is hopelessly seized and will be set aside for later disassembly and inspection. Plan for now is to break the thing down into manageable pieces and arrange for proper storage. Temps in Helena today may hit 100 F. Perfect for...
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    KRISTI KT2A “Rescue” of Sorts

    In the dismantling process. As per Big Al’s recommendation, put heat to the sprocket nut and plenty of penetrating oil. Used a conventional wheel puller. Nonetheless, one sprocket broke and the other shows a hairline crack. Both may have
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    KRISTI KT2A “Rescue” of Sorts

    New to this forum as an active member after lurking for quite a while. As a Kristi KT3 owner, I am always on the lookout for these little units here in Montana. Found this junked KT2A couple years ago and finally made a deal w/ the owner and retrieved it last week. It is in very tough...
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