USAF Thiokol 601

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Holy Frijole, are you timely or psychic? The 601 will be on the move this week. Today my M43 and the 601 tracks made their great escape from my cousins place and may have made it north by now. Tomorrow it should be the 601s turn. Reports from the field are the 601 engine is purring like a big fluffy blue snowkitten.

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kubotaman

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Great! You bring the 601 up to NH to play with when the snow falls
Are you buying or selling the 4t10?
 

RangerBob

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Looks like the 601 won't head north until next week due to logistics (time/space/equipment). No biggie since I won't be able to get up there until November. Then there will be some fun!

I have purchased the 4T10. Now I just need to transport it from NV to NH or NM. Haven't decided which place I'll take it to or what to do with it after that. Not a fan of it's power divider system, but it is true strata blue under that ugly orange, so I had to have it.
 

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Are you doing the m43 blue too to match the 601? Are you painting the 4t10 blue too do you can have a fleet?
 

RangerBob

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The 4T10 will be returned to its true blue. The M43 was a squid-mobile, and to me it would just seem fake to paint it blue. I hate it when strata blue deuces and M37s get OD'd. But I don't want it to be some squidly color either. Maybe I'll just sand it down a bit, clear-coat it, and call it patina.
 

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My 601 is now in more trustworthy hands.

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She is currently getting some work done on her running gear. The engine seems to be running fine, but the first trip up the mountain will tell. Meanwhile...

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Tire repair and/or replacement. I do need to find a couple of spare wheels eventually, but we haven't located the F&H casting number on any of them.

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The tracks are getting a once-over.

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One of the brake control levers is far too 'floppy'. I'm sure the master cylinder on that side is shot/corroded. It's a common failure, and there is a very nice stainless upgrade for it, but not sure I'm going that way. Money...

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Also on the immediate list, a fuel system flush and a bit of work on the choke. There may be some axle and drive sprocket work at some point, but not this year. I expect to be driving her up the mountain by early December. Woohoo!
 

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Just looked at this one today after unloading, not in too bad of shape. Yard owner said engine was bad,(Ford straight six) the rest looked like it was outdoors for a LONG time...but...if no one beats me to it I'm a player for this!
Well....the scrapyard that this one is in is going to shut down and pretty much everything is going.....soooo....I couldn't stand to see this cat get 'put down' so I decided to initiate a rescue, I guess I just joined your showcat club RANGERBOB, will keep everyone in formed with the progress of this...looks like it can be a lot of fun...

 

RangerBob

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No 601 updates, though I expect to be all over her in early December.

I am not selling the 4T10, but I will be moving her from NV to NM in about a week. Check my 4T10 thread about then for en route pictures.

The other 4T10 is a squid-mobile, so of limited interest to me. :roll:
 
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From reading another post related to this you are referred to as possibly being able to locate a bogie wheel for a Thiokol model 1450 snocat . I need a front one, it sort of looks like s caster wheel, aluminum with a poly type outer surface. They want 400 dollars for one on the internet , is that the only choice?
 

Freon

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Thanks RangerBob. I have been trying to join that forum for three weeks now and don't seam to be able to figure it out. I even sent messages to the forum moderator and never get a reply.

Guess I will try again.
 
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