| November/December 1976

  • Lee Bundy operating the CAT

  • Lee Bundy operating the CAT

7425 Colfax Avenue South, Richfield, Minnesota 55423.

The author, taken at the 60th anniversary of the Cat. dealership, operating the CAT. I have subscribed to the Gas Engine Magazine for the last four years or so and I surely do enjoy reading it. I have been a gas engine 'nut' all my life. Even as a kid, I used to find engines in the iron pile and take them home and repair them- selling them later to farmers. A lot of these engines needed only a tune up, such as a valve job or magneto points dressed up and so forth. When my dad moved off the farm, those engines that I had left went to the junk man for I had no place to keep them.

I guess we all have our favorite possessions and mine is the Sixty Gas Caterpiller Tractor (physical dimensions of: bore 6.75 x 8.5 - rpm 650 - weight 21.500) and the Two Cylinder John Deerc (all sizes). These old engines have a sound that is good for the 'soul of man.'

My first experience with a Sixty takes me back to 1930. I was about 16 years old and was hired out to a farmer that was paying off his feed loan, as many farmers at that time had feed loaned to them from the state because of the drought during those years. These farmers were paying back the state by furnishing a team to haul a dump wagon for building roads - sponsored by the WPA. I received a dollar a day and put in approximately 10 hours daily driving this team and hauling dirt as it

was loaded in the wagon by an elevating scraper that was pulled by the famous Sixty Caterpiller Tractor. It was hard work - but all this was well worth it for me, as I loved to listen to the great Sixty engine talking. This engine could start a heavy load from idle with the cat skinner pulling in the master clutch and opening the throttle at the same time. Another thing is that the track type crawler was designed to pull heavy combine harvesters over soft ground that wheel tractors could not negotiate. They also were used to doing heavy belt work, pulling 42' grain separators. Their belt pully was in the rear of the Cat.

....So it was only natural that the Cat came into dirt work. They could maneuver like no other machine, turning around in their own length. All their weight was on tracks. The Sixties soon made a name for themselves as the only power for the dirt contractor.


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