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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 04 Feb 2021 12:22 #218540

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Instead of having pins ,the track links bend round the sprockets on the rubber pads shown above......no metal to metal wear like dozer tracks .......but you definitely need the rubbers in good condition .....I have made them from rubber strip .....bought at auction ....,as anything rubber is usually pricey to buy......heavy conveyor belt is too stiff ,the rubber needs a lot of flex........I would think any type of bolts would be OK ,there isnt much force,but I would definitely loctite the nuts on ,once the adjustment was right.
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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 04 Feb 2021 16:07 #218544

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The bottom line is any bolts of the right length and diameter will do. The track plates have oversize holes or maybe slots to allow the track to go around the sprocket without bending the bolts. Much better using nylocs t0 prevent loosening.

Any decent rubber will do the job (conveyor belt, truck tyre , softer poly or repros if available.

The manual and on-line gives you the pitch of the track sections so once you have worked out how many belt layers to get the first joint rubber thicknesses the whole track system can be rebuilt in a few hours. Most of the time will be taken cutting (with an angle grinder or band saw) and hole punching or drilling the blocks.

As I said I rebuilt a set of tracks about 25 years ago using repro rubbers and this head start let me complete the job in a morning.

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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 04 Feb 2021 21:38 #218557

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So if you cannot get repro rubber blocks you can cut up rubber sheet and laminate the like a sandwich once the holes are punched? If this is the case what holds it in place and not move back n forth and work its way out? Or is it the compression with the bolts that expands the rubber into place?
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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 01 Oct 2021 13:33 #226277

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would you have a mntc manual for the MG5 as I have inherited one and need oil types and quantites

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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 01 Oct 2021 21:13 #226289

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Hi Anonymous,
Do you know what engine is in your Ransomes? Usually with these older engines a straight SAE30 should do the job for you and certainly not these synthetic oils.
As for manuals I often look and find manuals online through Google searches. Might take a while but can be worth it in the long run. Or, search for a Club for the Ransomes and that maybe even in the UK and see if they can also help.
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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Oct 2021 08:13 #226295

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Plough Book Sales are the first stop when looking for machinery manuals.

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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Oct 2021 17:46 #226308

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There are plenty of pommy websites for the Ransome crawlers....I think an MG 5 would have a Wisconsin motor,as the Yankkee mob that owned Wisconsin bought the crawler business at one stage.......incidentally,they were originally made by Ransome ,Simms and Jefferies,not by Ransome and Rapiers,who did make bigger stuff.
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ransomes mg5 tracks bolts 02 Oct 2021 19:37 #226313

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These any good?
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