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This Cletrac Model K crawler tractor has been restored by E.R. 'Bob' Carr, 14754 You Bet Rd., Grass Valley, CA 95945. It still has its original Cleveland engine with 4' bore x 5?' stroke. The only non-original part is the carburetor, which came from a Model A Ford. This crawler was used for logging from about 1932-1949, after which it was put to work in an orchard for many years. Bob's interested in learning more about Cletracs and the history of the Cleveland Tractor Company, and hopes to start showing his crawler at area gas-ups soon.

Caterpillar new DUN, 770 HP, weight 215,000 lbs., Cat 4 stroke-cycle 3508 V8 diesel engine. Photo courtesy of Floyd Perleberg, 1410 S. Hwy. 71, Willmar, MN 56201.

A 1946 Ford tractor owned by Leroy Folkerts of Forreston, Illinois, purchased at a farm auction. It has been completely restored after being stripped down and all parts painted separately by a professional using the original color of paint. The bumper was missing, however, the proper style was located.

All needed parts were available at a local Ford dealer.

Roy Hough of 12095 Sunfield Road, Sunfield, MI 48890 sent this picture of the 1924 International model 68 s/n 4167 truck he has owned since 1954 and restored in 1975. 'When we brought the truck home, it did not have a rack on it and the wood part of the cab was in bad shape. However, the motor would run and we were able to drive it-only one stuck valve had to be repaired on the motor. Through the years it sat, bumble bees made a nest in the clutch housing- the honey and comb around the plates caused rust and they were very hard to disassemble. New plates were made of stainless steel.'

An 8 HP Emerson Brantingham engine in fine condition without the original magneto. Carl Shafer of R #2, Box 17, Walton, WV 25286 found it under the roof of a mill shed that had fallen down on top of it. The engine apparently runs fine using a model T coil.