Fordson county crawler track adjustment

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Fordson county crawler track adjustment

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hi, Can anybody on here help me please, I have been trying to adjust my tracks on my type a county crawler, one side the locking nut undoes and the track adjusting screw turns out tensioning the track, The other side the locking nut undoes but the track adjusting screw will not turn out, can anybody on here please help

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Is it turning in?
Use creeper oil and move it back and forward untill it moves free. Could be rust or paint.
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A bit of heat will not go amiss, I have also seen but not tried, heat and candle wax. Heat the item, apply candle wax to hot item and allow to cool, the wax will flow down the threads and solidify so lubricating them as you undo them.
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Hi thanks for your reply henk, it will not turn in or turn out

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Hi thanks for your reply Brian, it does seem to move a fraction, not a full turn by a long way, but then it goes really solid we have had stillsons and a bar on it trying to get it to move but it just seems to be very very tight, is there a nut or something that it screws out off at the back that might off come adrift or something

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If I remember rightly, the adjuster threads go into a rectangular box shape casting with 4 nuts keeping the end plate on. Don`t undo those nuts, there is a compressed spring providing tension to the adjusters inside with something in the order of 13 tons psi, it could kill if released. Plenty of releasing fluid, plenty of heat, and a longer pipe with a big bloke on the end of it. Dave :curse:
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Thank you Dave off your comments, took onboard I will try what you said, haven't got a big man but we have got a big woman, will let you know how we get on Tom

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To add on Brians suggestion regarding candles, IF you can get real tallow (either candles or used as a lead/tin solder flux looking like a candle but no wick) this is the finest lubricant for screw threads under load such as your problem and screw operated bearing etc pullers, cable shorteners etc.

However it sounds like access to the screw may be a problem, in which case get some powdered graphite (which is sold in puffer bottles at awful prices by locksmiths) mix some with a little diesel and trickle it in along a wire to the screw which will also help.

Needle gunning any bits of the linkage while dry either screw or 'nut' may help break up the rust / mud which is holding it.

Best of luck with it
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I don't know if it's available in your area, but here we have an aerosol can of grease in a carrier.
It sprays on as thin as WD -40, then the carrier evaporates and leaves a coating of grease on the parts. It really penetrates well.

Good luck!

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Hi Crawlerlad,

I have been lucky with my crawler and both adjusters are free. As far as I can see everybody is right with their suggestions. The only other thing I can add is, so long as the track is not falling off lube it, work it, and whack it with a big hammer until it is free. There is no magic solution for stuck parts, just patients and a little luck.

Regards, Frank.

P.S. My favourite solution is set fire to it if it is stuck, but I don't think that is a viable option in your case.
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Hi Frank,

Your place has not been burnt (heated) again has it, in the latest fires out there?
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Hi Brian,

Thankfully no fires near me yet this season. Still a few months to go before the worst is over though. I feel very sorry for the people who lost their homes on the Great Ocean Road, but thankfully no lost lives. The time before there were many who did not live. Some lessons seem to have been learned at least.

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