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« on: November 01, 2014, 08:51:48 PM »
Well i have had a second Lombard chassis hanging around for about 35 years and finally started to work on it !!!! ;D I have been thinking about powering it with a few of the original engines ,but decided i wanted to be able to run it and not worry about breaking down and not finding any engine parts.I decided to make a "Cleve West special"! ;D Lombard only made 1 diesel Lombard the last machine built in the late 1930's,it was powered with a big Fairbanks-Morse 6 cylinder diesel engine. Well in the late 1940's a Errol N.H. logging contractor Cleve West decided to make 1 of his gas Lombards over into a diesel, the only one to do this as far as i know. He took a TD-18 International engine and installed it into his tractor,it was quite successful,on a few jobs for Brown Co. in Berlin,and Hollingsworth and Whitney of Waterville maine he hauled between 10,000-12,000 cords of wood between 5 to 7 miles and landed them at lake .and riverside landings.The diesel being more economical,and having a higher RPM range then the old gas engines, cold move the tractor at a higher speed. West was the last known operator to use a Lombard tractor in the woods.
I salvaged an engine out of a TD-18A international crawler at the scrapyard  this fall and i been working on doing the conversion,heres a few pictures of my progress so far.

 

 

 

 

 

you cant work on this old iron without having an occasional beverage !!!! ;D ;D Don
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Re: diesel lombard tractor
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2014, 08:56:45 PM »
I will really enjoy this thread!  Please keep the pictures and details coming and thanks for sharing.

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Re: diesel lombard tractor
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2014, 09:01:38 PM »
I'll probably  get the side panels  finished tomorrow,then i will make up the steering chains,need to go to Maine radiator for a core, and i want to get the deck done,thats as far as i probably get before snow ;D i got to go back to the scrapyard and shear a bunch this week,and muzzle loader season is here !!! so much to do so little time . ;D ;D Don
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2014, 09:11:45 PM »
This is really cool  8)
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Re: diesel lombard tractor
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2014, 09:14:29 PM »
I can't wait to hear it run! I've really got the hankering for some more IH diesels. I might end up with that 16, but an 18 or a 24 would also be cool. With an IH, you can start it anytime, anywhere you want. I've crank started my UD-9, but haven't quite gotten the courage to try the 16 yet.
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Re: diesel lombard tractor
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2014, 09:26:58 PM »
Dave, If you ever watch ice road truckers, a guy i know is on there once in a while,Joey Barnes he goes by "THE KING OF OBSOLETE" he lives in Lynn lake, Manitoba and uses a bunch of the old international crawler tractor for sled train transport, he has a bunch from td 6 thru td 18 crawlers , and likes their starting system in the great white north!!! He has a bunch of lombard sleds that he uses as well as a linn log hauler. A while ago on craigslist there was a UD-24 engine for sale in vermont,i think its long gone now.We had a Link-belt 98 crane in the scrapyard for a while ,it had a ud 525 engine in it just a bit bigger and newer then your ud-16,some friends of mine bought it and are clamshelling their gravel pit with it. Im not real fond of the early International bulldozers ,they had the reputation of being a "CAST IRON" bulldozer,but their engines were pretty good !! ;D ;D Don
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Re: diesel lombard tractor
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2014, 09:30:09 PM »
No question in my mind, if a bear came along you would tackle it with your bare hands.  I admire your spunk.   8)
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2014, 09:39:15 PM »
I see KoO posting on the IH forum. He's got a nice collection, and it's cool that he still uses them.
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2014, 09:48:37 PM »
Those and his "SCREAMIN" ford!! he loves that 318 Detroit in that thing!!
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2014, 09:52:27 PM »
I ran a GMC General with a 318 and a 13 speed a few times. Did pretty well hauling corn. I'll stick to Cummins, thank you. :) I've actually been wondering how hard it would be to put a UD-16 in my Loadstar 1800.
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Re: diesel lombard tractor
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2014, 06:35:46 AM »
Glad to see that I am not the only one here that enjoys old iron.
Nice job Loggah. Keep us in the loop on the progress.
I do like threads like this.  ;D

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Re: diesel lombard tractor
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2014, 07:00:16 AM »
Please keep us updated!
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2014, 07:14:07 AM »
I am getting in on this also. I would love to see it running.
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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2014, 07:16:24 AM »
Geez all it takes to do that is a propane torch and a bottle of brew! I am in!
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Re: diesel lombard tractor
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2014, 06:50:05 AM »
I got the hood panels built yesterday,made them out of 1/8" plate,pre rusted!! ;D i had to put a bump in one to clear the international fuel filters,i still have to attach the handles to each panel,but the international engine fits pretty well. Heres a few pictures. Don



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« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2014, 06:59:23 AM »
It takes a special breed of cat to be a junk yard dawg .Not eveybody is up to the task .I like it myself . ;D

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Re: diesel lombard tractor
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2014, 05:27:19 PM »
Al, i get all my best tools at the junkyard!!!people throw away good old american made stuff and buy new chinese crap !!!! ??? actually today i found a standard cutlery Bowie knife made in England around 1900, one on e-bay for $400 !!!! ;D
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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2014, 05:54:05 PM »
I raid the scrap tubs at work .Industrial dumpster diving so to speak .I've gotten several chainsaws from other dumpster divers that needed very little repair .One is very fine running McCulloch model 700

Fact I've gotten 6 Stihl chainsaws from a dealers dead pile for very little cost and they all ran after a  little work .Then I can't help but scratch my head when they talk about spending 7-800 dollars for a dang chainsaw to cut firewood. ???

So I guess if you aren't a junk yard dawg you better have a lot of money --or good credit . ;)

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« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2014, 02:37:13 PM »
You should see my farm!  Pretty much make a living off other peoples throw away stuff, it can be aggravating at times but I always know where to find parts  ;D.

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« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2014, 06:13:13 PM »
Loggah,
Do you ever do anything light!?
Wow,you are in the right business.
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