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by s281jim
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: John Deere 350/450 value
Replies: 3
Views: 2358

Re: John Deere 350/450 value

I am in central Pennsylvania, and was in the market for a 450E 2 years ago. I found one with 3200 hours, pins just turned in the U/C and new sprockets. Rest of U/C is 75% or better. Paid $12,700. I have put 150 hours on it the past 2 years, zero issues.
by s281jim
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 450E fuel delivery, help I'm scared
Replies: 3
Views: 2035

Re: 450E fuel delivery, help I'm scared

Just in case anybody reads this, years down the road, it was on a hard enough slope that it was not getting fuel. I was doing a bunch of flat work or near flat work, wanted to move it out of the way of the lasers so i put it on a bank, 30* angle with the right side of the dozer downhill. I put 14 ga...
by s281jim
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 450E fuel delivery, help I'm scared
Replies: 3
Views: 2035

450E fuel delivery, help I'm scared

Been doing a lot of earthmoving, I figured it was getting low on fuel. Parked it on a 30* bank and hopped off to check my grades. When I came back the engine had stalled. Won't start. I pulled the fuel dipstick, had 2" on it. Please tell me the fuel is drawn from the center of the tank or even the l...
by s281jim
Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Show & Tell
Topic: 1956 420C Project
Replies: 4
Views: 4208

Nice work! Congratulations on bringing another one back from the dead.
by s281jim
Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: motor oil
Replies: 8
Views: 4422

Detergent in oil. Reminds me of a funny story from my childhood. A buddy of mines Camaro had internally broken shift linkage on a turbo 350 tranny. He dropped the pan (draining 99.9% of the ATF) and was about to tack it fast with a stick welder, when he asked me "Do you think it will catch fire?" I ...
by s281jim
Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: Advice wanted on purchase decision between JD 450 and 450 c.
Replies: 18
Views: 8762

I am new to the dozer game, I just bought a 450E in early December. When I was sniffing around asking about hours per undercarriage % on here, I was generally told 4000 hours on 100% undercarriage. I believe driving habits, soil and type of work greatly effect that though. I'm in central Pennsylvani...
by s281jim
Tue Jan 12, 2016 5:41 am
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: Advice wanted on purchase decision between JD 450 and 450 c.
Replies: 18
Views: 8762

I'd do some more shopping. At least for cost comparison reasons. Also, do you want/need the winch? It could easily be peddled for a couple grand. I personally wouldn't buy a dry clutch machine, not when there's so many wet clutches out there. But finding a machine with 95% undercarriage for 9k is ra...
by s281jim
Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: JD 450C owner intro and frustrating head gasket problem
Replies: 44
Views: 20353

We (my family and everyone I know) have always ran 15-40 engine oil in our diesel farm tractors, road trucks, pickup trucks, and construction equipment regardless of temperatures. Never new it was 'dangerous' until a few days ago, in this thread. As far as the multiple rebuilds, possibly the quality...
by s281jim
Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: JD 450C owner intro and frustrating head gasket problem
Replies: 44
Views: 20353

Oldmetalmender, don't fear an in-frame overhaul, unless you are 'portly'. The orings do go bad, but the sleeves erode too, so just bite the bullet and replace them. I have NEVER used a sealant on a head gasket. If everything is straight and true, there is no need. If it isn't straight and true, make...
by s281jim
Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: Corking a crawler, 450B
Replies: 28
Views: 12027

This is not the technique I have seen. The mechanics I saw do it years ago used grouser stock of a variety one might use to replace worn off grousers. The stock was cut 1/4 the width of the pad, and added to the top of the grouser. If I recall pads with two pieces were held in 1/2" from each end, t...
by s281jim
Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: Straight 350 value
Replies: 2
Views: 1841

Market dictates price. Pretend you are buying one, in your location, your condition, time of year, etc...... Check the classifieds, internet, dealers, auctions, and see what they're commanding. If you're in remote Alaska, you are sitting on a gold mine.
by s281jim
Sun Dec 20, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 450BC Update
Replies: 14
Views: 6054

Well, at least you had the sense to walk away. So many times my friends and family have brought home junk or overpaid because they couldnt. I spent 6 weeks shopping for my 450, looked at 3 total, and ended up buying the best condition machine of the 3, for the lowest price of the 3. Keep an eye on C...
by s281jim
Sun Dec 20, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: Shelter
Replies: 6
Views: 3579

Check your local codes as to how they deal with 'Picnic Pavillions.' Around here if you keep it under 24', leave the sides open, and no electricity, it falls outside of codes, just an $80 permit, no assessment. Every municipality is different. I love my country and agree we should all pay taxes, but...
by s281jim
Sun Dec 20, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: Corking a crawler, 450B
Replies: 28
Views: 12027

Notmeu, it is welded to the base of the pad, perpendicular to the grouser, an attempt to curb sliding sideways on a hill
by s281jim
Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Late model JD crawler technical support
Topic: just a little thanks
Replies: 2
Views: 1793

Couldn't agree more. Even though I dont post much, doesn't mean I haven't spent many, many hours reading/learning. Thanks Lavoy