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  1. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    As you recall I previously rebuilt the transfer case (a few pages back). Well when I had to bolt it into the frame to set the position of the brake ear, a few posts back, I found that the threaded holes the attachment bolts go into were very very sloppy. So heli-coils to the rescue. Bad thing...
  2. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    The shell: At some point in this cats life someone replaced the clutch. To do this they cut the back of the cab and folded it up out of the way and then cut the frame. I repaired the frame with new square tube, but the cab was a different story. Instead of trying to weld repair the long...
  3. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    The floor: Old floor panel used as a template, if you look very close at the edges you can see the scribe marks.
  4. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    Next up: New and repaired floor, skirt, and shell. Most of the skirt was gone from the original frame, the floor was in poor condition, and the shell had about 1000 extra holes in it, some rips, dents (some from some kids BB gun years ago), etc. So a completely new skirt was built. Then a...
  5. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    Ram attachment points: The hydraulic ram attachment points on the frame had become out of round. I had to ream the holes using a 7.13 degree (1.5" per foot) taper reamer until they were round again. I then had custom sleeves made for the new size of holes. Remember the cab forward has "crab"...
  6. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    Brakes: One of the "ears" that hangs down next to the brake disk that the brake calipers bolts to had been changed out at one time and was the wrong thickness and not lined up with the disk properly. So, I made a new ear, installed the transfer case, aligned everything, and welded on the new...
  7. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    This summer I also tore the tracks apart. Much work is needed here. As you can see I had many of the plastic rollers, they are total junk. Maybe they would work to get you out of the woods in an emergency, but not a single one of the dozens I have lasted (they are junk). The little rollers...
  8. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    Lights, Camera, Action (Rotate):
  9. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    Tucker frame on a rotisserie. I wished I had done this a couple years ago when I was rebuilding the frame, but I finally realized that I needed a way to rotate the frame to allow easier access and work positions. So I grabbed a bunch of scrap metal and a day later I had the Rotisserie.
  10. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    And a few before photos:
  11. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    Here is the completed engine. Note that I wanted it to be painted the original Jeep/Keiser color, which the engine was when I pulled it. The original color was an almond color, but I was not able to find this color in high temperature engine paint. So I ordered high temperature white and...
  12. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    Here is the bell housing modification I made. If you look close you can see where I took a die grinder to the interior surface of the housing and removed a small amount of material to allow the flywheel and bell housing to be installed after the engine is assembled. The grinding is not pretty...
  13. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    Engine rebuild status: Complete, however I have very few pictures, I will try and get the engine out tomorrow and get some pictures to post of the completed assembly. This engine rebuild was beyond a night mare, plus beyond expensive. Anyone who has one of these Tornado 230 Jeep/Keiser...
  14. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    The power steering pump was rebuilt, to my surprise all of the parts I needed to rebuild it were available. I used a new seal/gasket kit, new bearing, new rotor, new vanes, new ring, and new pressure plate. I went with an internal filter in place of the original external filter, this required...
  15. GMoose

    542 Cab Forward Restoration

    I need to apologize for not keeping this thread updated. Much work has been completed over the summer and I am going to try any get this updated now. It may be a little random as I have worked on many different parts of the cat, please bear with me. Gmoose
  16. GMoose

    Bombi at Reinland auction

    I own six snowcats and live in Idaho, none of them have titles. Two are currently registered with the state (the other 4 will be eventually when restored and operational). The snowcats are registered as snow machines. No title is required if they weigh OVER 2000 lbs, but is required if they...
  17. GMoose

    Round Door Kitten Restoration

    Looking good! Did you have to do any machine work to the head?
  18. GMoose

    Round Door Kitten Restoration

    Looking good, can you come help me work on my cab forward?
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