Caterpillar RESTORATION

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1134 Butztown Road Bethlehem, PA 18017  

Pictured is a Caterpillar model 15 (second style) serial no.
7622. According to a spokesman from the Caterpillar Tractor Co.,
there were only 65 of this model built, plus 35 high clearance
models. This tractor came off the assembly line in June, 1932, from
the Peoria plant.

It was first purchased from Powell Davies, a Caterpillar dealer
in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This tractor was used on a farm near
Gilbertsville (Carbon County), Pennsylvania until about 1950. It
was then purchased by my father and used on our fruit, berry, and
vegetable farm until 1980.

This tractor was completely rebuilt by me (excluding work done
in a machine shop). Every ball and roller bearing was replaced.
Wherever a shaft and bushing were used, the shaft was built up and
machined to original tolerances, and a new bushing installed. All
non-wearing parts (hood, fenders, guards, etc.) are original. The
seat and backrest (excluding upholstery) are original. The track,
rollers, and idles were replaced a few years before the tractor was
retired. The engine bearings (minus a few shims) are original. The
valves are original, but a new set of piston rings was
installed.

I am presently working on a model 20 (second style). I also have
a model 15 (early style) although not running, and a D-2 equipped
with factory bulldozer blade in good working condition.

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