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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #45 on: October 17, 2017, 02:50:19 PM »
Electrical gremlin has been found and fixed. All of the "controls" (lights, turn signals, etc) where feed through the dash display so the operator knows whats on. From the dash the control signal goes to the relay to complete the circuit and power it's function. There was a power supply that fed all of the control hot commands out of the dash that was chaffed through and through. Spliced it with a new butt connector and plugged the dash display back in now all relays function as intended. Now we just need to put all that crap back in the cab.  frustratedx

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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #46 on: October 17, 2017, 04:22:14 PM »
Get er done and in the field thumbsup2

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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #47 on: October 17, 2017, 08:50:33 PM »
Looking forward to seeing it in the field

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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #48 on: October 31, 2017, 07:57:57 AM »
Cab is back together. The cost of a new seat was scary to say the least but I did find you could order new cushions already covered from cat for a reasonable price. Repainted almost all of the interior pieces, scrubbed 20years worth of Louisiana brown dust out of the interior carpet, pressure washed and cleaned the floor mats. Now it even smells good inside.


Now all we have to do is spray some paint on the frame and under carriage and it will be ready to work!! Might even remove the green star gps steering wheel and replace it with a salvage yard cat wheel.




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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #49 on: October 31, 2017, 09:09:35 AM »
Looking good,  Can't wait to hear how she works.
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #50 on: November 12, 2017, 07:36:23 PM »
Well, reassembly is complete. Have a couple bugs to work out, radio is not functioning correctly nor is the pto. Dad wired the radio and I think he just has it wired wrong. The pto comes on with the switch but does not change speed with the engine. Most likely a solenoid issue.




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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #51 on: November 12, 2017, 07:47:13 PM »
Sure looks a lot nicer than when you started on it!  thumbsup2
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #52 on: November 13, 2017, 09:21:10 AM »
Glad you have come this far with just a few bugs to work out.  You will get it whooped for sure.

Digging the heater in the first pic.  With the separate circulation fan, that will move some heat quick.  I have a similar one that turned 50 years old this year and is still going strong. 
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #53 on: November 13, 2017, 01:25:37 PM »

Digging the heater in the first pic.  With the separate circulation fan, that will move some heat quick.  I have a similar one that turned 50 years old this year and is still going strong. 


That old hotsy will make the brass buttons on your pants hot enough to burn in short order. The only down fall is the noise. The shop is heated with a used oil heater that runs almost all the time. Dad uses the butt burner for spot heat or to help the used oil heater catch up.
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #54 on: November 13, 2017, 03:39:07 PM »

Digging the heater in the first pic.  With the separate circulation fan, that will move some heat quick.  I have a similar one that turned 50 years old this year and is still going strong. 


That old hotsy will make the brass buttons on your pants hot enough to burn in short order. The only down fall is the noise. The shop is heated with a used oil heater that runs almost all the time. Dad uses the butt burner for spot heat or to help the used oil heater catch up.

Yeah I hear you on the noise but I bet it isn't as loud as the big cheap torpedos
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #55 on: November 13, 2017, 03:57:08 PM »

Digging the heater in the first pic.  With the separate circulation fan, that will move some heat quick.  I have a similar one that turned 50 years old this year and is still going strong. 


That old hotsy will make the brass buttons on your pants hot enough to burn in short order. The only down fall is the noise. The shop is heated with a used oil heater that runs almost all the time. Dad uses the butt burner for spot heat or to help the used oil heater catch up.

Yeah I hear you on the noise but I bet it isn't as loud as the big cheap torpedos

When it is cold enough you don't care how loud they are. I just stuff some ear plugs in and go on! LOL
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #56 on: November 14, 2017, 02:20:50 PM »
odd pto issue. curious to see what it is.

i hope you went aftermarket on the radio. i put a jvc radio and a pair of sony speakers in when i bought mine. the factory stuff was hatched. it doesn't take much to make  good music in there. i hate shitty tractor radios or ones that plain old don't work.

my 765 has the factory sub option. it got a little crackly this fall when listening to some steve miller. that will get fixed this winter.  grinx
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #57 on: November 14, 2017, 03:23:13 PM »
odd pto issue. curious to see what it is.

i hope you went aftermarket on the radio. i put a jvc radio and a pair of sony speakers in when i bought mine. the factory stuff was hatched. it doesn't take much to make  good music in there. i hate shitty tractor radios or ones that plain old don't work.

my 765 has the factory sub option. it got a little crackly this fall when listening to some steve miller. that will get fixed this winter.  grinx

Digging around the spare parts shelves I was able to find a Delphi unit. It was meant to be put in one of our semi trucks but we sold it before the radio was installed. They are a dang fine unit we have one identical to it in one truck already, anything that can survive 1.75 million miles is good enough for this tractor. I also had some new sony 6" speakers lying around from my high school days that I never got installed in my pick up. Im the set up will be able to blast waylon, willlie, zz top, and five figure death punch just fine  bluesbro

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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #58 on: November 15, 2017, 09:23:13 AM »
that one concerns me. i can't see any way that the pto can turn but not change rpm with the engine. that thing does have a pile of solenoids on it and they can do strange things.

don't know if i said this or not but all of those solenoids are the same ones found on new holland genesis tractors at half the price of cat. the nh dealers will also have them on the shelf and cat may or may not have them!
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
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