Project “Make Casey Great Again” takes its first tiny step.

As some of you may recall, my new house comes with a 70s vintage 5 ton bulldozer as lawn art. Although in practical terms I have no use for it and it can sit and rust where it lives quite happily, I think we can all agree that a bulldozer is a toy that simply has to be played with. So getting it running again is on my to-do list.

We are now up to step 4 of the project:

  • Step 1. Recall the previous owner’s run-down on the arcane rituals required to nurse it into life.
  • Step 2: Stare for some time into engine bay then scramble round underneath for a while, trying to trace fuel, cable and hydraulic lines to find the various widgets that need draining, priming, adjusting or otherwise propitiating. Not to mention finding the fricking starter button!
  • Step 3: Realise I know shit about vintage heay machinery and need a manual.
  • Step 4: Source a repro manual off ebay - what the hell did we do before the internet?
  • Step 5: RTFM.

Lucky I did, actually. The PO’s de-hibernation process skips about half the recommended steps, and I now have at least half a clue what all the unlabelled controls are supposed to do. For example I now know the starter button is hidden inside the seat armrest, the lid of which can only be lifted if you move the little joystck which is actually the gear lever into neutral.

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Also, did you know these puppies have no less than 5 brake controls?

Next steps: get home from work trip to US, clean years worth of pine needles and spiders webs out of the engine bay and induction system, drain and bleed fuel system, check other fluids, find spare battery in the mountain of still-packed junk in the garage and hook it up, hotwire the key, put the aforementioned gearshift in neutral & lift the lid, push the start button, and see what happens.

Then the real work begins.

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