Got the Bulldozer Going and It Was a Log and Not the Seat Spring

Monday June 17, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Time to find out what’s wrong

Once I got it going this morning I went outside and aired up the tires on my quad runner. Seems they always go flat after a bit. I got some tools together and headed on up into the hills where the bulldozer is parked to find out what is locking up it’s track brakes.

Here’s the work area where I’m going to work on the dozer.rigs


It ain’t the spring

I looked under the seat. You can see the seat spring that fell out of the worn out seat. A pack rat has been eating acorns and had a nest in here for awhile. That spring isn’t causing any problems but I thought another one might be but I was wrong.spring


It’s this little log

I got a flash light out so I could see down in the dark by the brake peddle linkage down through those pipes and I spotted the end of a piece of wood that looked like it was jamming the brake linkage. I tried to pull it out from the top but it was stuck.wood


The little log is hard to see. It’ straight under the end of the spring right in the middle of this picture.woodend


Take it out the bottom

Well if I couldn’t get it out from the top I decided I’d have to get it from the bottom an prepared myself to crawl under there, but.

I was fortunate that I could see the end of the problem from the side. There’s a broken off little log stuck in there, you can see the end of it. Looks like a tree limb jammed in there and broke off as that’s the only way a piece like that could get jammed up there like that.woodlog


Getting the stick out

I got my big screw driver out so I could pry on the wood piece and was able to get it to fall down and out after a bit of toiling.

Here’s the nasty little culprit that caused me so  much trouble.log


Might as well do some work

I put the tools away and started up the tractor to let it warmed up and then started down the road leaving the quad runner there as I couldn’t drive them both. :O)

I cruised down the road touching up anything that needed it going through here.road7


And down through this area of the forest.road8


Through here, the road was in pretty good shape for such a hard winter.road9


Moving up the quad runner

About half way through the road I stopped and walked back to retrieve the quad runner where I left it. I thought it would be good to move it now so I wouldn’t have to  move it so far later, but it didn’t matter as plans change.

Walking back to the quad

I took a short cut to get the quad up through this old dirt bike trail.trail


I rode the bike past where the tractor was to this spot which I hoped to walk back up to later. From there I had to walk back to the tractor where I’d left it.



I hiked back up this road to get the dozer and continue on.walk


Headed to the bottom of the hill

I worked my way with the dozer all the way down to the bottom of the hill going down this ridge past where the quad was parked.road10


One more hike to do, but

I parked the dozer at the bottom of the hill and started to hike back up the hill to retrieve the quad runner.

I started up this hill and thought this little hike is really going to wear me out so maybe I’ll get the quad runner another day and turn around and walk back to my house which wasn’t up hill and maybe a mile away.uphill


One more job to do today

When I  made it home I knew my brother Tom had some electrical stuff he wanted to me to look at so I walked over to his house and we hopped in his golf cart to go do the electrical stuff which was fairly easy and not too hard to do.

I rested up and later went outside to putter a bit.

Chicken nursery has 4 hens sitting

I watched the chickens for awhile. Here’s the nursery. I have four hens sitting in boxes in here and a few little peeps running around too. That peep on top of the box has a bum leg it’s favoring but seems to be ok. Eventually it dived into that box with a momma hen sitting on eggs. It seemed to be ok with her even though this wasn’t her chick.nursery


That pretty much wraps up my day for another good one. Fixed the dozer and got some work done too, great. :O)

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Bulldozer Service, Brakes Lock Up and I Get Some Walking In and Rosie Gets Moved

Sunday June 16, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Dozer needs to be woken up

The bull dozer hasn’t been started in a long time so it needed to get done as it’s not really good to have them sit too long and this one has been too long.

I loaded up my Toyota with all the stuff I think I’ll need. I have fuel, a battery, some transmission oil and a grease gun and a few hand tools to do the job.

Servicing the dozer

Here I am up in the hills where the tractor has been parked just getting ready to get to work.dozer


Just not enough

I fueled it and greased it and put oil in the transmission which I later found wasn’t enough. I then installed the battery, cleaning the battery posts and clamps which also wasn’t enough I soon found out.

No start

Once the battery was in I put the key in and turned it and there was power to the instrument panel so I hit the start button and nothing happened. Sometimes the transmission isn’t really in neutral where it needs to be to start so I monkeyed around with that but no go.

Can’t jump the starter either

What to do I thought about it for a bit then got the adjustable wrench out and removed the engine side panel. I tried to jump the starter at the starter with my screwdriver but there didn’t seem to be any electrical power there which gave me a clue.

Big sparks

Either the battery was dead or no power was getting through the battery posts so I used the screwdriver to jump each place power was supposed to go through. But before I did that I held the start button down so if the screwdriver made better contact then the connection there would be a big spark and likely burn up the tip of my screwdriver but I’d know what wasn’t working using this technique.

Better cleaning needed and it started up

When I put the tip of the screwdriver across the battery post connection I got a big spark so I didn’t clean the posts and clamps good enough to get the oxide off and there was a bad connection here. I used my pocket knife to scrap the posts and clamps and tried the starter again and the engine started right up.

The dozer is started and ready to go do a bit of work.dozer2


Need more trans oil

As I left that spot and drove the dozer down the road I noticed it still didn’t have enough transmission oil in it as it stalled a couple times but I keep on a mile or so from my rig where there was more oil.

Walk to get the rig

So eventually I had to walk back to the rig to get it so I could use the rest of the oil for the transmission so I could continue with the dozer.

I’m returning with the oil.road3


Adding more oil

Here’s the spot where I put the rest of the transmission oil in the dozer then I drove the rig back up the road a ways as I’d likely be walking back to it when I was finished dozing today.oil4


There was a nice little water spring there for a drink of water.spring


Darn, brakes locked up

I worked my way down the road but not too far from where I put the oil in both brakes locked up and I could barely go. I wasn’t sure what to do but thought this wasn’t a good spot to work on a dozer so I tried to get a bit further testing things out and trying to figure out what was wrong as I went. I’d go a bit then it would lock up and I’d reverse a bit and could get going a little and that’s the way I got down the hill to a better spot.dozer6


I made it down to what I call the lost ridge to here and parked it.dozer7


Checking the brake peddle linkage

I wasn’t sure what to do but I decided to remove the seat and have a look at what I could see of the brake peddle linkage.

Darn seats falling apart

When I picked the seat up it almost fell apart in my hands. I’d removed it each time I put oil in the trans and knew it was bad. The plywood base was rotten and there had been some varmint living inside it.

Can’t see but

I needed a flashlight to see the brake linkage as it was too dark down there, but what I did see was a steel seat spring laying on the top of the transmission. Hummmmm, could another one of those or another part of the seat be jammed down in the brake linkage? Without a flashlight I couldn’t tell but it’s a good possibility.

Got some more walking in

Well now I had to walk a couple miles back up the road to where I’d parked the rig so I started of up this road.road8


And through here.road9


And by these big green ferns.road10


And through this spot the rig is just beyond here.road12


Some work and some forgetfulness

I drove on down the hill stopping at this spring to do a little shovel work setting my camera down on the road while I worked, bad deal.digging13


Back for my camera

That spring was about half way down the hill. I finished up and drove on down. When I was almost to the bottom I realized I’d left my camera on the road up there by the spring so nothing to do but drive back up the hill to get it.

As long as I was back by the springs I dug out this one in the ferns there before turning around and heading on back down the hill taking a different route just because I could.springdig


Checking our water tanks

I drove by our water tanks to check the water level. Only a foot down from the top as I’m watering weeds back at the house.tanks


At least the mulberry tree got watered

I made it home and  unloaded the rig and put it away. After a bit of a nap I went outside and checked the sprinklers. One had falling over just after I’d left so didn’t do a good job of watering but it did put a good amount of water on the mulberry tree which was actually a good thing. Mulberries soon. Yummmmm.

Moving Rosie

I puttered around and chair hopped and enjoyed the rest of the day checking on the chickens. Rosie is sitting on eggs in the egg laying nest and needs to be moved to a nest box in the nursery so now that it is dark I need to go out and move her eggs and her into a nest box and move her to the nursery pen. I hope she doesn’t mind too much. :O)

That was my day for some good and some bad but over all mostly a good day.

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