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Rescuing a $500 Road Grader that was Forgotten in a Field... Was it WORTH it?!?

  • Published on Oct 1, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Well...... I found another Motor Grader to rescue, and I honestly don't know if it was WORTH it or not!?! Do I need another grader? How bad is the DAMAGE? There are SO many unanswered questions, and hopefully we'll get some answers today!
    This is a Mid to Late 1950's Allis Chalmers Model D Motor Grader or Road Grader. It appears to be in decent shape for it's age, but someone DESTROYED the back of the machine by smashing it with a set of forks.
    Today's plan is to get it out of the field I found it in, and back to the shop so we can evaluate it and give it a FULL inspection to see if it's WORTH putting some time & money into!
    The service truck came in REALLY handy rescuing this inoperable machine and getting it safely back to The Salvage Cave!
    i hope you'll join me on another Machine Rescue Adventure, and we'll figure out together whether or NOT I should have recused this old grader!
    This machine should be a LOT of fun!
    Thanks as always for watching and following along with all my crazy adventures here on Salvage Workshop, I TRULY appreciate it!
    Please enjoy! I know I did!
    0:00 - Welcome to Salvage Workshop
    0:18 - 1950's Allis Chalmers Model D Motor Grader
    3:00 - Clearing the Junk that could puncture tires
    3:32 - Digging out the Grader Blade / Moldboard & Airing up the Tires
    5:14 - Disconnecting the Trailer & Hooking up the Winch
    6:02 - First Pull with the Service Truck Winch
    7:17 - Manually Lifting the Blade with a Come Along & Bottle Jack
    9:15 - Hooking BACK up the the Grader with the Service Truck Winch
    9:33 - Second Pull with the Service Truck Winch
    9:44 - Pulling the grader with the Service Truck
    10:34 - Loading & Securing the Grader onto the Deckover Trailer
    14:36 - Unloading the Motor Grader back at The Salvage Cave
    19:26 - Moving the Grader into it's Spot in the Yard
    24:33 - Let's Take a Walk Around of the Allis Chalmers Model D Grader
    26:58 - Evaluating the DAMAGE to the Machine
    32:40 - Attempting to Turn the ENGINE Over
    33:52 - Removing the Broken Water Pump
    40:15 - Plugging HOLES
    43:18 - Putting Penetrating Oil in the Spark Plug Holes & Inspecting the Valves
    44:27 - We know a LOT more about this machine now!
    46:48 - I think we have an Allis Chalmers 226 Gasoline Engine
    48:02 - Things I still need to Check
    51:09 - Thank for Joining Me on this Rescue Adventure!
    f you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, please leave them below! Thanks for stopping by, I truly appreciate your support!
    #Rescue #MotorGrader #SalvageWorkshop
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  • Frank Kirby
    Frank Kirby 4 months ago +13

    Easy to fix and plenty of parts. A piece of history that needs to be saved.

  • Black Pill
    Black Pill 4 months ago +5

    After you took the valve cover off and saw how clean it was, THAT was all the reason you needed to save this grader. Plus, as you mentioned, parts are available for that engine. I'm sure you'll find other parts as well. It is definitely worth saving.

  • NC Farmer
    NC Farmer 4 months ago +11

    You are a talented mechanic. The calm music is nice and the editing is good. I look forward to seeing a follow up video on the grader. Thank you.

  • Rhonda Sweeney
    Rhonda Sweeney 4 months ago +33

    I can hardly wait until you dive in to working on that grater. This definitely will be an amazing adventure for you and for us. Thank you for sharing

  • douglas brown
    douglas brown 4 months ago +12

    I always look forward to your videos Matt, I'm betting that engine will run nicely once you play with it a bit. Thanks for bringing us along.

  • Brian and Linda Fairchild

    I can tell that you like that Allis by the care you took buttoning up her engine. Look forward to hearing her running and moving. I'm glad you rescued her.

  • Norman
    Norman 4 months ago +1

    I look forward to watching this project moving forward. As an aside, the name of the alternator is pronounced Delco “Reemee”. The company was founded in my hometown and was based there as a GM subsidiary during my childhood. Cheers!

  • Dennis Place
    Dennis Place 4 months ago +33

    Looks like a WD45 motor. Parts should be available very easily. Farm tractor parts will make the repairs as well as the radiator.

  • Shawn Zalewski
    Shawn Zalewski 4 months ago +55

    That grader looks pretty damn good for how old it is!!

    • Harold Price
      Harold Price 4 months ago +3

      Said 1935 on the tag

    • Mark Roderick
      Mark Roderick 4 months ago +6

      @Harold Price Developed in 1949, the first graders had an 8" round beam. The beam was changed to an 8" square beam in mid 1961.
      1st engine were A C 201. In 1953 the engine went to the 226. In 1959 the engine was a 262. The DD (diesel) was introduced in 1954.
      Production went to 1971.

    • JoE
      JoE 4 months ago +1

      @Harold Price 55

    • Ken Hart
      Ken Hart 4 months ago

      It had two years on the tag 1952 and 1955. Matt did think it was 1940s

    • Richard Jones
      Richard Jones 4 months ago +1

      It is not old, it is far younger than me! Mind you, if it needs a rest, I can show sympathy.

  • Martin Roberts
    Martin Roberts 4 months ago +3

    Thanks for the work and the video! Yes it looks like the machine is recoverable and hopefully with the love you are putting into it, will be available for work soon enough. Thanks for showing us what's what. Hopefully someone will help you out with some affordable parts.

  • Richard Jimenez
    Richard Jimenez 4 months ago +2

    I thank you for your time and effort in fixing old cat machines, and old equipment:) I like watching you fixing old equipment and sharing your experiences.

  • Bud Listar
    Bud Listar 4 months ago +4

    WOW, I know you guys still did a lot of work there but that went pretty smoothly compared to some of the other recoveries that followed you home.

  • Jesterr
    Jesterr 4 months ago +2

    I have seen you recover a couple of moto graders now, and that doesn't look like a fun experience, especially in an environment like this. I'm shocked that you didn't get stuck. Nothing but respect bro. I thought I was doing something when I recovered a riding mower out of the woods, lol.

  • Brian Elliot
    Brian Elliot 4 months ago +2

    Fantastic small grader for a lane or small road- great 50’s look to it too. Good work, Matt.

  • Ken Robinson
    Ken Robinson 4 months ago +4

    It would have been interesting to see the press and jig setup that they used to bend that tubular frame at the factory! If the lower outlet on the radiator isn’t repairable any stock rad of the same dimensions will probably work or one for a AC tractor is likely the same.

  • L S
    L S 4 months ago +2

    I literally just bought an old Alis Chalmers like this one (a very basic 1956 model) - except that mine doesn't have the wheel tilt and the hydraulic circle drive. It's a neat little machine that I'm looking forward to getting to work with. I'm looking forward to seeing how this one comes together!

  • Joseph Krug
    Joseph Krug 4 months ago +2

    It may be a bit of work, but if the water pump housing is cast iron, you could always try brazing it back together. I have seen Keigh Rucker at vintage machinery do that for a number of crazy broken cast iron tools that worked fine afterwards. That looks like a cool grader. Someday I hope to have a non-condo with a real shop and shop yard to hopefully have similar fun. :)

  • Ken Allen
    Ken Allen 4 months ago +2

    Nice rescue bro, looking forward to see you get back on it and get it running and driving in the future. Safe travels

  • harpintn
    harpintn 4 months ago +1

    This is my first time seeing your channel, so I don't know anything about you, but I do love old machines. Back then they were both simple to work on, and built to last. Good luck in getting her working again.

  • Patrick Murray
    Patrick Murray 4 months ago +2

    I love the work you do, great job.

  • Ron W
    Ron W 4 months ago +14

    Found this on Goggle: Cast iron is used for water pipes, machine tool castings, transmission housing, engine blocks, pistons, stove castings, etc. The metal can be brazed or bronze welded, gas and arc welded, hardened, or machined. In terms of limitations, the cast iron must be preheated prior to welding. It cannot be worked cold.

  • Terry Holcombe
    Terry Holcombe 4 months ago +7

    Hey man, great show, love heavy equipment. Glad you're back dragging old junk out of the woods. Keep up the good work. Where in the world do you get those crazy looking pants? I might need to get me some.

    • Salvage Workshop
      Salvage Workshop  4 months ago +5

      Thanks Terry! The pants are made by a company called Blåkläder... they are a Swedish company, but are readily available in the US, check out their website!

  • John Barham
    John Barham 4 months ago +19

    You were very brave to take that truck in there. I would have got stuck for sure.

    • Salvage Workshop
      Salvage Workshop  4 months ago +14

      Well sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! Good thing the truck has a locker in the rear, and quite a bit of weight to it... even still, i wasn't convinced we'd get it out!

    • John Barham
      John Barham 4 months ago +3

      @Salvage Workshop Thank you. Its nice to knowyou are human, and gave it a thought as to whether it might get stuck.

  • Kath
    Kath 4 months ago +1

    Proud of you rescuing these old but still good machines. I get the feeling older machines are going to make a comeback. No computers.....

  • misterP
    misterP 4 months ago +6

    thank you for saving these old treasures....your passion shows....thanks for sharing your experiances with us !

  • Banzai
    Banzai 4 months ago +27

    Love when old iron gets saved. Maybe start fixing some of the previously acquired items? Love, health and respect from Scotland UK.

    • Bill Forrest
      Bill Forrest 4 months ago +6

      Aye, aye, 👀 good tae ken i'm no the only one fae the land ae the Saltire watches 😄

  • Sally Brokaw
    Sally Brokaw 4 months ago +4

    Matt, engine is WD45. Parts all over the U.S. Steiner tractor parts should have everything you need. Air cleaner is also WD45 tractor part as well as radiator. Yours is the first I've seen with a cab. The tube main frame is unique. Every other grader builder used square tubing. Check the mounts on the tube for the turntable cylinders. Everyone one I have seen here in Ohio is busted and the welding is very horrendous. Welding on top of a crack doesn't fix it.The best fix is cutting the damaged tube section out and welding in a new piece. I think yours is ok from what I've seen so far in the video. AL B in Ohio.

  • Anthony Blacker
    Anthony Blacker 4 months ago +1

    Pretty awesome find on that baby. It does seem to me that it took a LOT of effort to get it off the trailer and into final position in the yard. I can't imagine that was the best plan for that, but I realize things to the way they go.. Great video either way, thanks for the great content!
    edit: 29:00 man.. the thought that someone would think it was a GOOD IDEA to push a vintage piece of equipment around with forks directly to the radiator. I could see if it was a casualty of a collision or a freak of nature or something, but to intentionally do that.. even my 2 year old daughter would tell you no, no that is a bad idea. Jeez, the carnage is ALWAYS worse than first looks, to see that cast water pump cracked and how the alternator is mashed in, it almost brings tears to my eyes. I hope you can find parts for it. I'm sure you will!

  • Ken Hart
    Ken Hart 4 months ago +7

    Hello Matt I've watched you for a while now and I'm wondering how Big Red and the other two machines are going? I know that you were looking for parts for BR but haven't heard anything about it lately.

  • Lee Klemetti
    Lee Klemetti 4 months ago +4

    The radiator should be fixable. A good radiator shop can fix it. If you try to repair yourself be sure to immerse the core in water it won't become unsoldered.

  • D. R. Ledbetter
    D. R. Ledbetter 4 months ago +18

    Nice Grader and being an Allis Chalmers, you should have found plenty of readily available parts. Nice looking gate by the way

  • B
    B 4 months ago +2

    FYI you need to secure your load using the tie down points or the sidebar of the trailer only
    Anything other than those points are not allowed by DOT rules and insurance policy
    Be careful and safe

  • Bill Junking_fool
    Bill Junking_fool 4 months ago +9

    You got a great deal on that road grader I sure do like the old equipment keeping it out of the scrapyard and putting it back to work😊

  • Chris Richards
    Chris Richards 4 months ago +1

    Be careful with those knuckle buster controls. They kick back hard if you don't release it before the cylinder reaches the limit of travel. Its a good candidate for a restoration. I love to see old iron rescued and put back to work.

    • nope
      nope 4 months ago

      It's all hydraulic the knuckle buster controls that I know of were all gear driven. I've used one a few times back in the early 80s it was old back then and yes knuckle breaker
      It was cat brand

  • Rob Billings
    Rob Billings 4 months ago +14

    Nice recovery, well done. PLEASE get the lift chain for the forklift fitted though 😮

    • Salvage Workshop
      Salvage Workshop  4 months ago +11

      Thanks Rob! Yeah that wheel loader forklift needs some major attention, and that is going to happen soon i just got the parts i need to finally fix the missing chain and rollers... plus a mountain of other stuff!

  • Mark Lavus
    Mark Lavus 4 months ago

    Rescue and recovery expertly done. I reckon worth restoring, good on you.

  • Raymond Urban
    Raymond Urban 4 months ago

    Looks like a great machine, fun to bring it back to life.

  • D G
    D G 4 months ago +1

    You’ve become quite the expert of relocating dead heavy equipment!

  • Donald Marty
    Donald Marty 4 months ago +1

    Warms my heart to see you save the old girl!!!! Always enjoy your channel!

  • Anthony Simon Hough
    Anthony Simon Hough 4 months ago +12

    Have a look at diesel creek . Looking forward to a great series and seeing your grader operating.

  • some random guy
    some random guy 4 months ago +4

    That service truck might not be fancy but it gets the job done and keeps proving itself

  • John Mott
    John Mott 4 months ago +6

    Great looking grader! Looking forward to future videos. Take care!

  • Harry Keel
    Harry Keel 4 months ago +2

    Looks pretty good for a 50's model, but then again so am I. Even though it needs a lot of TLC, it should come back pretty quick.

  • andrea crashe
    andrea crashe 4 months ago

    *It will be great to see that grader back in action again. How is Big Red doing? What ever happened to all the machinery you hauled out of the factory some time ago back to your building out back of your home...?? Have you put them back together yet and even using them???*

  • Eric Seguin
    Eric Seguin 4 months ago

    I have watched most of your videos. Keep 'em coming. We can see more of the dogs too. They're great. Wish I was able, I would come help you with that AC. Physically or financially, I just can't. Thanks for the great videos.

  • Anthony Hoult
    Anthony Hoult 4 months ago

    Good morning Matt, that's another fantastic piece of machinery that needs saving.
    I think that is a 1950's have you seen the archive footage for the Alice Chamer grader on Clip-Share?
    I didn't realise how many attachments were available for these amazing machines including a belt takeoff to dump the dirt to one side or even into a dump truck. The belt got its power take off from your machine somehow and was available in two different sizes. Does yours have the ripper attachment that you can raise up when not in use?
    Find your videos so interesting and please keep them coming

  • Doyle Rabjohn
    Doyle Rabjohn 4 months ago +2

    She's definitely in great shape for age. Extremely excited to see in operating.

  • Paul Miller
    Paul Miller 4 months ago +8

    i am impressed that for a guy who is so machine savy you are not too proud to risk a few blisters and just use a shovel.

    • Salvage Workshop
      Salvage Workshop  4 months ago +7

      All tools have their place!, but many times I PREFER a shovel! Pretty dang good exercise using hand tools!

  • William Bryant
    William Bryant 4 months ago +2

    Yeah its definitely worth saving. You got a CAT now you'll have an ALLIS. I've always liked the tube shape of those old ALLIS graders too. The rippers being behind the blade is different and neat too. Save it and fix it up brother. I hope to see you do more in depth restorations on these pieces of equipment one day farther past just getting them started. It would be awesome to see you do total rebuilds on these tractors from tearing down and rebuilding the motors all the way to fresh bright paint. Then put a Salvage Workshop logo on them all how grading companies of that time period put their logo on all the equipment in their fleet. All the manufacturers decals and lettering then your logo on the equipment somewhere like the doors maybe. $500 was a heck of a deal. I can't find any deals like that round here where I'm at. People round here want to charge you what it would be worth if it was already restored completely when it's in that shape or worse. Awesome as always to see you saving these old jewels.

    • John Smith
      John Smith 4 months ago +2

      The engine is the same as a WD tractor, parts should be plentiful for the engine! 😅

  • Fredrik Thomas
    Fredrik Thomas 4 months ago +2

    What a great find! I look forward to seeing it running again.
    Best regards
    Fred Thomas in Skokie IL.

  • Jazzerbyte
    Jazzerbyte 4 months ago +4

    I hope you can resolve the broken parts without too much trouble and we can see follow up road grader fixup and running video(s).

  • Terry Rogers
    Terry Rogers 4 months ago +4

    It’s irritating when people get careless and damage things because it’s old and seemingly worthless to that individual. Nice little motor grader, bet it would be fun to operate. That plate you put on to protect the water jacket could be used to line up the bolt holes on the broken parts if you decide to weld that housing part back together and help keep it flat as possible to. Great find,thanks for the tag along vid sir.

  • Richard Surber
    Richard Surber 4 months ago

    That is a nice color, Good tires, and a marvelous ride home. Hope you can get that radiator replaced or repaired.

  • Robert Manley
    Robert Manley 4 months ago

    Very nice !! More old iron saved .....I love it !! I see some great videos to come with this and I want to hear her run ....and I know she will a radiator and some wrenching it will be awesome !! 👍👍

  • Ian Rolfe
    Ian Rolfe 4 months ago +10

    Cast iron is hard to weld reliably but it can be brazed, and end up stronger than it was before. The problem these days is finding someone who still knows all the tricks to do it. That might be a solution to the water pump problem however if you can;t replace it. I seem to recall Keith Fenner had some videos where he went into brazing cast iron in great detail.

    • Roy Blumenthal
      Roy Blumenthal 4 months ago +7

      Keith Rucker has several vids brazing cast iron.

    • Paul Stuard
      Paul Stuard 4 months ago +3

      If brazed you still have to get a rebuild kit for the pump. The heat will cook the seals and bearings. Like doing the Texas two step.

    • Tamara Doggett
      Tamara Doggett 4 months ago

      Keith Rucker does brazing

    • Scott Carpenter
      Scott Carpenter 4 months ago +2

      Believe it or not, cast-iron can actually be a really nice material to weld i’ve done a bit of work with it and it’s kind of like working with aluminum where once you get it you get it. It takes a bit to figure it out but once you do, it is amazing when I was in high school, we made Annville‘s are old chunks of cast-iron railroad track mainly man it was fun to weld once you learn how

  • James
    James 4 months ago

    interesting to see what looks to be a lovejoy coupling as part of the crank pulley as if it could maybe drive something else. If it can, maybe you can get parts off of equipment associated with that type of accessories.

  • Horst Szibulski
    Horst Szibulski 4 months ago +2

    The white winch/crane truck is really handy, keep good care to it!
    Thx a lot for showing!

    • Salvage Workshop
      Salvage Workshop  4 months ago +4

      Yes, that truck is AMAZING! I'm going to do a series fixing it up and outfitting it for future recoveries or whatever else i get into! Thanks for the support! I appreciate it!

  • Michael Titchenal
    Michael Titchenal 4 months ago +4

    Considering how much new equipment is, I am not amazed that you found a good one to refurbish and get back on the road and back to work

  • Larry K
    Larry K  4 months ago +7

    Love the video but on a side note if it was in gear you should have notice it when you were toeing it out of the field.

    • Salvage Workshop
      Salvage Workshop  4 months ago +3

      VERY TRUE! Good call Larry! So either the problem is MUCH bigger, possibly in the transmission, or the chains are off, or we're back to something being in the flywheel housing!

  • Roger
    Roger 4 months ago +1

    Nice, that engine will be fine, easy to pull out to sort any bell housing issues.

  • G T Naylor
    G T Naylor 4 months ago

    You have spiked my interest. I'm looking forward to the next installment of restoration. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Ian Derbyshire
    Ian Derbyshire 4 months ago +3

    Another great vid. Now you have the workshop finished I can't wait for you to get back on machinery renovation.

  • Robert Bancroft
    Robert Bancroft 4 months ago +3

    Definitely a WD45 engine. Water pump should be the same. Radiator might be also.

  • Edward Martin
    Edward Martin 4 months ago

    For the size and awkwardness of this machine, the loading went about as smooth as anything you have picked up... That old service truck is sure worth the effort. The motor grader looks to be in exceptional condition, other than exposure to the elements (and a run-in with an idiot on a forklift). This machine would be a real blast to play with...

  • Bill Hunter
    Bill Hunter 4 months ago

    I think it was an AC Grader, but it had a bucket on the back. So you could use as a grader and a loader. It belong to the town and I got to drive it a few times. I heard one sold for a lot of money because it was so rare.

  • Scott Pecora
    Scott Pecora 26 days ago

    Just from the numbers you quoted i couldnt believe that there was a water pump for $114.99 new in stock and radiator was like $250-$300 again in stock. It just blows me away how easily one can acess parts for a 70 y/o machine!

  • Brian Drew
    Brian Drew 4 months ago +3

    Great video I'm surprised it rolled as well as it did, keep up the great videos brother 👍

  • Kenneth Jackson
    Kenneth Jackson 4 months ago

    I have used a grader that was made to be pulled by horses, although I was pulling it with a Caterpillar 22. When new this must have just wowed folks. Now it looks sort of cute. Progress, I suppose.

  • Glen Everett
    Glen Everett 4 months ago +7

    Hang on, you have a passion for rescuing and repairing old machines?!?!??!? Well, that explains a LOT of the stuff on your channel!! 😋😋 Sorry, I couldn't resist. I think the people who have been with you for a while are well aware of that passion and I would like to thank you for allowing me to enjoy that hobby vicariously. My days of doing anything nearly as physical as that are over. From someone who isn't even middle-aged yet, I've spent over half my life in chronic back pain from an injury I got while growing up and didn't even take much notice. Add that to the juvenile Arthritis in my spine and good bye to most of my mobility. On the plus side, I can honestly say that I broke my back and decide it "walk it off"!!!!! It's a bit of a lesson really, If there's something you really want to do, do it now while you are still able to. You don't want to find yourself looking back at you life and looking at your biggest dreams that you never managed to achieve due to a change in your life that was totally out of your control

    • M. TTT.
      M. TTT. 4 months ago +1

      true, at only late 20s, I can already feel minor arthritis/odd wrist pains coming on. We're just not made like the old days anymore... LOL

  • Alan Mccalla
    Alan Mccalla 4 months ago

    Our firetruck avatar came from the steel mill which also had an identical AC grader like this, same size and model. Delco distributor and Delco generator instead of the upgraded 12 volt alternator. That engine looks young.

  • M. TTT.
    M. TTT. 4 months ago

    The tube frame design was the first thing I noted as well, love its unique old-school design and Allis-Chalmers as well.

  • Gene Caruso
    Gene Caruso 4 months ago +14

    You and diesel creek must be in competition for all the old stuff

  • marcusgs12345
    marcusgs12345 4 months ago

    Looks decent for 60-70 years old! I'd love to know the story behind that Toyota forklift also!

  • Gavin Read
    Gavin Read 4 months ago

    Looking forward to this series on the ol Grader. Bring it on 😊

  • Need Account
    Need Account 4 months ago

    I think you are lucky to find that machine, very usable.

  • Steve Zwemer
    Steve Zwemer 4 months ago +1

    Been waiting on this series to start
    Hope you get it going and operating well

  • Dave
    Dave 4 months ago +2

    Looking forward to seeing this one brought back to life. Thanks for the video

  • joseph cormier
    joseph cormier 4 months ago +2

    I'm ready to see her moving under her own power thank you for sharing this six stars

  • irench
    irench 4 months ago +1

    I generally like watching your channel. This episode shows some issues though. 1 when cribbing for any jack to lift anything, one does NOT set the boards all in one direction but at perpendicular angles much like the boards of a subfloor do not go the same direction as the joists. Binders, improper way to set up a binder is to use it to pull on a tag end of the chain. Proper way per DOT and NTSB as well as Osha is to fit the chain and place the binder in the slack of the chain to cinch the chain down and not be subject to the chain coming loose. That is why the chains have the hook design they do so has to cause the chain to be attached unto itself. A mile of winch cable out, but now drop weight not even so much as a rag to keep the cable from becoming a whip and removing someone's head when it snaps. Any pull longer than one full wrap of the drum must have a drop of some kind on it. Oh I know "I've done it ten thousand times like that." The more times you roll the more chance of crapping out and everyone else's lives are on the line.

  • BobbyAnn
    BobbyAnn 4 months ago

    Actually now that I am feeling better, I do remember, Dirt Perfect finding a salvage yard that has a lot of different heavy machinery in it, I do believe they had graders in it also, its located some where near C and C equipment, in Indiana.

  • Frank Deegan
    Frank Deegan 4 months ago +6

    The water pump looks to be a regular Allis Chalmers water pump. Readily available from Steiner tractor parts .My guess is the engine is a wc, wd or wd 45 all these engines are from that time.

  • Steve salvage
    Steve salvage 4 months ago +2

    Well I agree we all have to save something ! Without history we cannot go forward , thanks as always !

  • terry cannon
    terry cannon 4 months ago +13

    That looks like a GM alternator. I've used many of them to convert engines from 6 volt to 12 volt. I am going to guess that engine was also used in AC tractors as well so the water pump might not be as hard to find as you might think. I like to squirt ATF with Acetone to free up seized parts. Plugging holes I use kitchen foil and Saran Wrap. I have a terrible problem with Mud Daubers so everything including electric Moters must be protected from the bastards.

    • Salvage Workshop
      Salvage Workshop  4 months ago +3

      I like the foil and suran wrap idea... ill have to give that one a try! Thanks for thr support Terry!

  • Dennis Hernden
    Dennis Hernden 4 months ago

    This looks in decent condition, good recovery.

  • Tired old mechanic
    Tired old mechanic 4 months ago

    I seem to recall the tubular frame cracks being in the early models but it did give those graders a bad reputation. Eventually they made box frames like the other graders of the day. Usually the tags on older machines listed patents and the date they were filed so the grader might be several years newer than the newest patent date. Many rural townships purchased them to grade their gravel roads. Earlier graders were pulled behind a team of horses then tractors and required a man on the grader making adjustments. Rural county workers were often part time and were farmers so they were familiar with the Allis Chalmers tractor engines. They basically used the same engine and hood as one of their tractors of the era. They were smaller, lighter and cheaper than the Caterpillar models so they worked well on the narrow rural muddy roads that would have to be graded after a rainfall.

  • Ralph Barry
    Ralph Barry 4 months ago

    I can’t wait for more on this build!

  • Jonas Björk
    Jonas Björk 4 months ago +3

    For the water pump housing, put it back to shape using JB Weld and filler or something. Cast a sand mold around it and cast a new one. Would be cool to see, at least I think so.

    • Daniel Cobbins
      Daniel Cobbins 4 months ago

      Use brazing rod on cast iron, never weld. You would want to heat the entire pump, before brazing. Then, once the brazing is done, place the pump in sand, and cover it with more sand. This will allow the part to cool slowly, thus preventing new cracks.

    • Jonas Björk
      Jonas Björk 4 months ago

      Sounds like someone really knows what they are talking about. That would also make for a great video, showing how it's supposed to be done.

  • David Elliott
    David Elliott 4 months ago

    It's a shame the designers didn't carry the round tube frame all the way back around the engine. It looks like they got scared half way though.

  • David Kimmel
    David Kimmel 4 months ago

    Another very interesting project. Thanks for saving another machine

  • Bradley Merz
    Bradley Merz 4 months ago

    Sure looked tidy under the valve cover! Hopefully you only have a stash of hickory nuts or dauber nests inside the bellhousing.

  • JPRD
    JPRD 4 months ago +1

    Honestly,glass bead the disassembled pump and braze it back together, done stuff like this plenty of times,sure ,you may have to tweak some holes .I know you can do it !,and if i was closer by ,I'd do it.I believe you got the skills to get it done.:)

  • Andy M.
    Andy M. 4 months ago +129

    Right now in PA. Matt from 'Diesel Creek' head is exploding with excitement!!!

    • Ron France
      Ron France 4 months ago +14

      My head exploded! I’ve been looking for a grader just like this to fix up FOREVER. I can’t believe he got one for $500

    • Christian McCollum
      Christian McCollum 4 months ago +2

      Lol. You know it!

    • Joseph Dougherty
      Joseph Dougherty 4 months ago +7

      Matt (diesel creek) just wet spotted his undies...(Cue semi supervillians outro)

    • Lee at Green Pheonix Rc
      Lee at Green Pheonix Rc 4 months ago +2

      I was thinking same thing

    • Ken Rolle
      Ken Rolle 4 months ago +6

      ​@Joseph DoughertyChristine

  • Ted C.
    Ted C. 4 months ago

    Around 42:26, Looks to me like the governor housing may have multiple cracks between the input lever and output side. Might be tracks in the dirt build up. Also looks like the input lever is scraping the housing.

  • Mark Thomas Hobbies
    Mark Thomas Hobbies 4 months ago +2

    I would say its worth it. Love old iron. could be a nice little machine.

  • W. Rusty Lane
    W. Rusty Lane 2 months ago

    That's the cutest road grader I've ever seen. Alice Chalmers D3858??? That's about the size we need for our dirt road. Thanks for posting. Cheers from eastern TN

  • Michael Smith
    Michael Smith 6 days ago

    Matt, If you have gotten further on that AC grader, It sounds like it's in gear. Something to check my friend You do have a lot going on, but it doesn't look like that grader is going to be to bad to get going. Good luck to you.

  • Darell Bunn
    Darell Bunn 4 months ago +1

    Don't be afraid to adapt a late model electric water pump to hold until you find a serviceable original replacement.

  • handyhippie65
    handyhippie65 4 months ago +1

    if nothing else you might find a water pump from an allis chalmers farm tractor that would fit the engine, mebbe even a replacement engine. there are still a lot of old allis tractors around, and i'd bet one of them used the same engine. as long as your into it for less than scrap price, it's definitely worth it. the big money will be in the hydraulic hoses. i'll bet you will have more in replacing them than the entre machine.

  • Robert Chapin
    Robert Chapin 4 months ago

    Is the crane on your service truck down? Great video! Love to se the old iron running again.

  • GrandsonofKong
    GrandsonofKong 4 months ago +2

    Looks like a cool project. Casual observation looks like you are just about maxed out of room in your Storage Yard.

    • Salvage Workshop
      Salvage Workshop  4 months ago +4

      That is only one side of it!!! That area is about 1/4th of the space behind the Cave!