Wood Magazine Construction Series Bulldozer with a Peter Built [Peterbilt] Twist....

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Project by crowie posted 05-11-2015 12:22 PM 11978 views 18 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some months back I asked the grandson, “What should ‘pa’ make next” and they answer was “a Bulldozer”...

I already had the plans for the Wood magazine Construction Series Bulldozer so I started researching the build.

I found a number of Lumberjock members had already built the Bulldozer and while there projects looked good, I wanted to personalize mine so started to look at the real dozers for inspiration…

At this point I must firstly thank a few of the Lumberjock members who helped me with different questions about track measurements plus ripper photos from there projects.

Along with some mates from the Woodwork Forums in Australia I worked out how to do a simple but strong ripper for the back of the dozer.

All the wooden toys I’ve made a well and truly put to the test with the grandsons, so if it can be it will be broken BUT because it’s a wooden toy, it’s repairable….Saying that I’ve learned to make them stronger…

The dozer is made from a mixture of a dozen different Australian hardwoods for colour & grain with about 5 coats of clear gloss polyurethane pressure pack spray [shake & rattle] and is 400mm x 200mm x 200mm [16” x 8” x 8”].

I’ve added a radiator; roof lights; an exhaust stack; an air cleaner; a ripper; raised the cabin; added the crawler tracks [power drive belt reversed] plus built the blade & blade arms with thicker materials [including pinning the base of the blade arm & pivot block with 3/16” dowel].....

OH, and I added the Peterbilt Lapel Pins on the ROPS frames…..

The end result came up pretty good and goes very well with the Peterbilt Dropdeck Lowloader I built last year….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#1 posted 05-11-2015 12:44 PM

Peter that is one fine looking and operating bulldozer. Fantastic build!!!

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#2 posted 05-11-2015 01:27 PM

Peter well done
Looks great and strong good job.

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#3 posted 05-11-2015 01:33 PM

Really good build.
I like the smurf guy in the pictures, makes it even more fun to read.
Someones grandson must have a BIG smile on his face !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 05-11-2015 02:04 PM

Very nice work, Peter. Great looking bulldozer and truck/trailer setup. I have got to get back to toy making one of these days.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 05-11-2015 02:27 PM

awesome !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 05-11-2015 02:30 PM

Looks great. What kind of belts did you use for the tracks? Yours looks better than the original in the magazine.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 05-11-2015 02:47 PM

That is a good looking dozer. Where did you get the tracks?

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 05-11-2015 05:50 PM

A great build Peter it was a pleasure to watch as the build progressed

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#10 posted 05-11-2015 06:49 PM

Fantastic!!! Absolutely outstanding work.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 05-11-2015 07:57 PM

I’m with Julian, where did you get the belts? Did you build the tracks to fit the belt or make the belt to the size you needed?
The rest of it is disgustingly amazing!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#12 posted 05-12-2015 01:38 AM

A very beautiful project. Congratulations.

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#13 posted 05-12-2015 03:31 AM

Great job Crowie. Your getting a complete construction force.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 05-12-2015 04:56 AM

Thank you one and all..... “Daily Top 3” is a huge surprize and honour…..I am blown away by the encouragement of you blokes as from this side of the Pacific, I see some truly great woodwork on Lumberjocks that I can only hope to aspire to…...

I can’t take the credit for the crawler tracks, as I got the idea from my mate Mike in Indiana [aka Fozzy] who used similar on a snow track which he built about a year ago.

The next lot of blokes to THANK, are a few of the Lumberjocks forum members who very kindly replied to my request for additional photos and measurements from the Wood Magazine Bulldozers which they had already built.

I was give the length of 22 1/4” around the 3 wheels but could only purchase 22 1/2” belts so adjusted the wheel positions accordingly.

I thought that was pretty clever but still got it wrong and had to re-drill the rear wheels mounting point in the chassis [as the inserted photos show], but it’s all in behind the wheel, so all good.

The crawler tracks are Gates Powerdrive Belt part number 225L150, but I wish I had the access to suppliers in the USA as your local prices are so much cheaper than here in Australia….

Again, thank you for the support and encouragement…..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#15 posted 05-12-2015 06:22 AM

Awesome!! First thing I thought of too was where did he get the tracks ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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