Keep ‘Em Crawling Newsletter

November 2023 | Volume 1, Issue 4

What’s New? The KEC crew is busy developing new parts for your crawler

T16670T Front Idler Guide

The T16670T guide is used on the bottom of the front idler brackets. The guides hold the front idlers onto the track frames. They’re one of the parts that takes a lot of wear as the front idler bumps and rolls over the terrain. Originally, 440s and 1010s had two bolts. 2010s use three holes. T10028T is the original two bolt and T16670T is the three bolt. Used in the John Deere 440IC, 440ICD,1010C, and 2010 series tractors. Please refer to your parts manual for your specific machine.

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The T16670T guide is used on the bottom of the front idler brackets.

T16670T Front Idler Guide

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M3414T Cam Follower

After thousands of hours of operation, sometimes engine parts are beyond cleaning, polishing, and reusing. If that’s the case with the cam followers on your engine, check out our cam followers (aka Tappet Valves) for the early John Deere Dubuque gas tractor engines. These go between the cam shaft and the connecting rods. Proudly made in the U.S.A. to OEM specs including heat treating and polishing.

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M3414T Cam Follower

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What’s on the way? L4381T, L4382T, and L4383T Axle Shims

It’s important when rebuilding final drives to get them shimmed properly as you reassemble. Mother Deere has been pretty good about keeping shims available, but over the years different part numbers are slowly becoming obsolete. That’s why we’ve started gearing up to get the L4381T, L4382T, and L4383T shims reproduced.

We’re hoping to have them available in another month or two.

Contact us if you’d like to put your name on a waiting list.

Tarheel 430C
Tar heel 430C
Tar heel 430C
Tar heel 430C

We’d like to bring to you another 430C, this time from North Carolina.

David’s father purchased the crawler several years ago. It was about half restored with the previous owner having done “all the hard stuff.” He had replaced steering clutches, and went thru the transmission. David’s father finished the restoration. He rebuilt the engine and installed a new radiator. Most everything was sandblasted then repainted green and yellow.

Then it sat several years. Recently David knew he was going to have to move some gravel and dirt and the crawler seemed perfect for the job, but it wouldn’t run. David started with a battery, carb overhaul, rebuilt starter, plugs, wires, and a set of period correct points. He also changed all the fluids and other small minor repairs.

After that it “ran good and did what it was expected to do,” David said. “I probably worked it for eight hours. It did it good. It’s fun. Not a lot of people have a crawler.”

“I know the paint isn’t perfect,” he said, “but mechanically it is strong. No shortage of power now.”

It has been a pleasure helping David on this crawler and we were thrilled when he sent us pictures of it after using it to move the gravel and dirt. Check out the pictures. We think it looks great!

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