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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Feb 2021 16:40 #218479

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hi, I have just inherited a ransomes mg5 and the tracks had been removed at some point so don't know what size/length/grade bolts I would need to put tracks back together. Any help would appreciated?

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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Feb 2021 18:25 #218483

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G'day biff.

Can't help you with the bolt sizes but I'm interested in some pictures of your little ransomes if you don't mind showing us?

I also inherited one about 13 years ago but it was way to far gone for the tracks and running gear, still sitting in the shed waiting for some rubber tracks to make a toy out of it one day along with the other million projects

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Jacko

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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Feb 2021 19:20 #218487

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Biff, are you talking about the Pins in the Chain? or the Bolts that hold the Grousers on?
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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Feb 2021 19:47 #218488

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I had a couple of Ransomes about 25 years ago. Mainly for the kids. There was a bloke in Newcastle I think making the rubbers. I got a set and it was obvious how long the required bolts were, from memory 3/8 or 1/2. I just got Bunnings bolts and nyloc nuts. One had a blade which I used for a short time (quicker with a hand shovel) and they did not look like giving up.

I have seen several people cutting their own track rubbers out of old truck tyres. I am sure there is plenty of info out there. I think almost any sort of rubber or nowadays poly of the right dimensions would work fine. The little things can carry on remarkably with missing rubbers just flopping around on the sprocket and loose bolts but I am sure you would be buggering teeth and track sections doing it too much.

Surely we have Ransome owners on the forum with workshop manuals and practical ideas.

Lang

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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Feb 2021 19:59 #218489

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I know nothing about almost everything, but I am jealous, what a great toy. I almost scored a fiat dozer years ago, and it had track issues, I was since told, ordinary mild steel pins, bolts etc were all that is required and a good welder to fix the worn track. Needless to say Mrs Sarge was very pleased it never came home....... and put the knife away.
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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Feb 2021 20:11 #218490

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Dunno about what's the proper bolt or not

But this may or may not be relevant

I was told many years ago by some older and definitely wiser that it is cheaper and easier to replace a draw bar pin on a tractor than a draw bar

So dont use anything hardened or high tensile

Think this might apply to your bolts

Paul
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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Feb 2021 20:26 #218492

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A guy over here in Western Australia named Dave, has a collection of most models including a diesel MG40. He has the engine out of my MG6 for parting or merge rebuild of an MG6 he has. He also has a punch for making track rubbers from conveyor belt. For each joint you need four, two between the track plates and one each under the caps. I think he also has .jpg files of artwork for MG5 and MG6.

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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Feb 2021 20:56 #218493

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For those who do not know Ransomes this is a good short walk around video.

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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Feb 2021 21:04 #218494

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Hi,

My fathers restored MG5 is sitting in one of my sheds. I will take a photo or two tomorrow of the tracks so you can see what is should look like.

Terry

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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 04 Feb 2021 08:10 #218533

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Hi,

they area bit of an oddball thing.

They appear to be UNC with a 5/8 head and 11/16 nut and the head is half as thick as the nut. Dad thinks he used higher grade than normal but couldn't remember what he ordered. Also said it was important to make up a gauge, according to the figures in the manual, to make sure the spacing between the plates was not too loose or too tight.



Terry
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