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  1. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Got a call from Griffith Polymer earlier today. The custom urethane bushings were ready to be picked up. 3" OD X 2" ID......36" LONG (CUT TO SUIT) Ordered two 36" pieces....They have a $100 minimum order and 1 piece would make the needed bushings....but two pieces were $166....Will make a spare...
  2. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Finally got the notice that the last six "Snowflake" wheel centers were ready to pick up.... Got them suckers home. These will give us plenty with a few extras on the shelf....
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    early tucker photos

    I love the vintage photos.....The Dude holding the seat looks like he just walked off the set of a Gangsta movie..... The Fedora hats certainly set the period.....
  4. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Decided to move to the RH side and get it caught up to where the LH front side is now. The Spindle/casting cut off has been on the table out in front of the cat for quite a while. I had chopped it off a used axle last fall... By the looks of things (Welds) it had been re-welded ..... Tossed...
  5. Snowy Rivers

    1953 Tucker Sno Cat 443 Mt Washington WMTW Channel 8 Restoration

    These old cats certainly do get beat up over the years. Gonna be all "MORE GOODER" When you get it finished.... (More Gooder...I remember that phrase from 1st grade...I had a buddy that always said that when something was gonna be "Better" Strange at the things we remember for a lifetime...
  6. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Been a bit slow around here...at least as far as the cat goes. Other stuff got in the way..... Finally got back at it today. Cleaned up the shop and got a big bunch of plastic TUBS, TOTES, STORAGE BOXES and gathered up all the parts for the cat...... Bench actually has a top that can be seen...
  7. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Spent a short time today adding a "Donkey Wheel" out front on the LH assembly to make certain that the track can't interfere in a worst case scenario A similar setup can be seen on the Pisten Bully in a couple key places near the front road wheel..... The little wheel stud is welded...
  8. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Decided to try a mechanical track adjuster setup on the new inner track adjusters. The plan sort of came together the other day....decided to sketch it up....Awe hell....lets make it. Machined up the parts and welded stuff together. Unit slides into the outer tube ....has a threaded rod that...
  9. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Back at it. After studying the relationship between the outer orbit of the inner track belt and the NEW INNER ADJUSTER.....It became somewhat troubling .....THERE DOES EXIST a slight possibility that under a worst case scenario the track could dive down and hit the adjuster... The track sits...
  10. Snowy Rivers

    Round Door Kitten Restoration

    Would definitely be cool to know how the stuff got inside the pontoon.?????
  11. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Yesterday turned into a nasty mess. A buddy called up and wanted some help on his Thiokol Spryte..... Needed to drop the tracks and get at all the wheel bearings.....(Yeah....mostly shot..rusty...) I get to his place and the cat is in the garage.. The first word I hear....HOW DO WE LOOSEN THE...
  12. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Had some decent time between rain showers....Got after building the ACTUAL adjusting mechanism for the inner track adjuster/axle support. The little box tube with the semi circular cutout is the Adjusting nut housing. There is a 1" steel plate that welds in the end with the cutout....the cutout...
  13. Snowy Rivers

    442 Refurbishment Project

    Using a grinder on decals Hmmmm ... sort of like using a Howitzer to kill a mouse ???? The are some very nice bomb can spray on goods to remove decals.... Doors looking very nice.
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    Astro van cat conversion

    Got all the goody out of the nice weather today. Decided to trim up the inside adjuster assembly before I removed it. (Don't want it rusting in the rainy days that are coming up) Got the adjuster off, laid out and ....NO WAY TO CUT THE SUCKER.....TORCH...NOOOO WAY.....Thought about tossing it...
  15. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Getting closer for sure. :clap: I just don't want to build a "Bomb" thats gonna wind up failing on the trail....
  16. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Decided to make a little Change order...... Pawing through a cabinet looking for some stuff (Unrelated to the cat project) and stumbled across some herky urethane bushings.... Hmmmmm...Urethane bushings would be sweet to support the axle shaft on the cat front axle. Instead of the HARD...
  17. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Definitely starting to look like what I had in mind. Got the plates all drilled, the parts located and tack welded..... The wind was howling today....makes mig welding a bitch....tomorrow should be better.... The one piccy shows the slider with a diagonal mark on it. .....Yup...gonna cut that...
  18. Snowy Rivers

    Astro van cat conversion

    Great news. The U BOLTS I ordered for the inside slider/adjuster arrived last night sometime and I found this lovely little box on the deck by the back door........ Todays project is to get all the plates laid out and drilled and then do a temporary trial fit.....IF time permits. Wet weather...
  19. Snowy Rivers

    OTB-Bombi! Let the Jury Begin

    Looking forward to seeing all the nitty gritty details. One thing's for sure....When you get it all done you will have a great machine....and you will know it INTIMATELY.... There will be no surprises later when you do not need them......"Way out in the sticks in the cold"
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