My new Tucker Sno-Cat, 2742

VXclimber180

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Well I have given in to the sno-cat bug and my wife has finally got tired of hearing about it and gave the OK:clap:!! I have driven up to Ontario to pick up my new cat (new to me). It is a 1979 Tucker 2742. I am hoping the wide tracks will get me through the deep snow up to the cabin. I took a couple of photos of it today. I plan to pick it up in the morning and take the tracks off to get it under width to haul home. I am sure that there will be many more adventure to come but the first one is to get it loaded and back home!!
 

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300 H and H

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Keep good batteries in her, and don't let it set around idling to much and don't forget your ear protection.....:whistling:

Great looking cat with a classic engine to boot. I bet it has plenty of power for those wide tracks.

Have some fun already!

Regards, Kirk
 

wakeupcall

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Congrats on the new cat! Love the wide tracks, should go thru the deep stuff really good. Have fun!
 

Northcoast

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I think the tucker motto "no hill too steep and no snow too deep" should be appropriate for:clap: your cat! The psi should be pretty low . congratulations on a great machine.
 

Blackfoot Tucker

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Congratulations on your purchase!

I'm also hoping for more pictures. I've never seen a 2700 series machine in person and I'm curious as to some of the details in a true wide track Tucker.

I hope your trip home is safe and "uneventful".
 

Broken Grouser

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Congrats and welcome to the "Tucker Society of Deepsnowology"! Wide tracks and 6 bogies = deep deep snow fun.

Now go get some pics of her in action.
 

VXclimber180

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Ok, here is the adventure of the first day....Arrived onsite 7:30am, wanted to see how the old DD started on a cold day. It was 16F and the block heated had been on for 1.5 hours. It does have an interesting heater as the unit heats the water and pumps it through the block, seems to work well. It started right up with 15 seconds of cranking:clap:. I was very glad to see it start up easy. Just so everyone knows it has the two stroke Detroit Diesel in it, it is a 4 cylinder with a supercharger and a turbo-charger. Not sure if it is a 53 or 71 series. So after a little black smoke and a slight ringing in the ears it was ready for a test drive. It does have good power and the Allison tranny shifted strong. The snow was not real deep, I sunk in about 24" just standing on it. The cat left about a 4" track!!! I was smiling now. After a few spins around the field I was ready to get it loaded up. Well I have to say that Steel grousers on Steel trailer equals very slippery!!!!! So first thing the back track slid off the side. No damage other than pride, used a back-hoe to lift and slide it back up. So after about 3 hours of taking tracks off and chaining everything down I was ready to head south. It only took driving for 10 min to hit the snow storm. So after 5.5 hours of driving in the snow I still have not made it to Toronto. But safe and sound, I am ready for bed and another day tomorrow.
 

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VXclimber180

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Just to clarify for those that are not familiar with the 2-stroke DD, they all have a blower on them. It is needed to push the exhaust out of the cylinder, that is one reason they are louder than other diesels. The turbo does add boost but the supercharger does not. But you gotta love the whine of a blower and hearing the turbo spool up!!!!
 

Blackfoot Tucker

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Thanks for the update and additional photos.

If you go to Safety One's website they have some historical sales brochures from various manufacturers as well as different models. They have several from Tucker, though there isn't a 2742.

My impression is Tucker changed their model nomenclature, in that a 2700 series machine appears to be a wide track 1700. They do have a brochure for a 1742, and when you look at it it shows a machine very similar to yours and it's referred to as a 1700-WT.

From that brochure, and others I've seen, I believe Tucker offered the 4-53 Detroit and not the 4-71. (For those that may not know, 4-53 means four cylinders, each cylinder having a displacement of 53 cubic inches.) They offered the 4-53 with and without a turbocharger, as well as a few other Diesel engines.

Have a safe drive home!
 

tatman

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In Wyoming a farmer, rancher can carry loads up to 12 ft wide in the day light with out a over width permit, so we don't have to take the tracks off or get a permit to move our wide Tucker. Just a wide load sign. Nice cat you'll have a lot of fun with it. As said before with that Detroit and steel tracks you'll need some ear plugs!!!
 

snowbird

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I agree with the joy of the sound from a turbocharged diesel. I kept my big John Deere farm tractor after retiring from farming and it does sound powerful when I push on the throttle. :clap:
 

2datop

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Just to clarify for those that are not familiar with the 2-stroke DD, they all have a blower on them. It is needed to push the exhaust out of the cylinder, that is one reason they are louder than other diesels. The turbo does add boost but the supercharger does not. But you gotta love the whine of a blower and hearing the turbo spool up!!!!

I had no idea they made one with blower and turbo. I do love the sound of a blower. Might have to just add hearing that to the ol bucket list.

@vxclimber.... Any idea how it pushes out the exhaust and not add boost? :wow:amazing.... must have been a late night brain storming session to try that one.
 
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