May 18-20, 2005
We mentioned before the necessity to rebuild the engine of our Bobcat skid loader. Like most projects we undertake, that one expanded during execution. The crankshaft was ground, cylinders bored, and line bore and rods checked. The block, head, and crank were magnafluxed. New pistons, rings, crank and rod bearings, tappets, pushrods, a camshaft and bearings, an oil pump, and timing chain and tensioner were installed. The head received Stellite valve seats and new valve guides (since it was designed for leaded gasoline). The ring gear, battery, filters, belts, and hoses were all replaced. The starter, alternator, and carburetor were rebuilt. A block heater was installed to ease cold weather starting. The steering linkage was even overhauled so the machine sits still while running. The project came in slightly under budget, and everyone who has operated the machine feels it was a worthwhile investment. Hopefully we will get many years of further service from the useful machine!
Compare this freshly painted engine to the one shown in an earlier 2005 news item!