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  • Anonymous

    Beautiful machine

  • Anonymous

    SWEEEEEET.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome, nice work! Bangor should have an industrial museum. There’s an incredible amount of old machinery within 50 miles radius of the town just rusting away. Always think it’ be really cool if someone wealthy fronted the money and built an museum large enough to house and organize all the age old equipment. There’s so much history that could be appreciated just wasting away in someone’s aged field or quary.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, lots of history lessons in these old machines . . .

      But the Bangor area is not without museums where vintage and antique machinery is king:

      The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum in Orrington is one place where “ageless iron” is respected, preserved and (perhaps most importantly) *utilized* to demonstrate to current and future generations the tools with which their recent ancestors created what was once the world’s most industrialized nation.  Several items from its collection of vintage and antique farm equipment are used on a weekly or daily basis, underscoring the quality that is all-too-often absent in modern machinery.

      The Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor also has a great collection, especially of snow-removal equipment.

      A little farther afield, the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, Boothbay Railway Village, Kennebunkport’s Seashore Trolley Museum, and other similar institutions all maintain serious collections of “functional antiques” for the enjoyment and education of visitors.

      It is indeed a shame that much of this antique equipment is being sold off for scrap when institutions such as these are available as refuges and safe havens for “tired iron.”   The factories will never make a new one ever again…

  • Anonymous

    Nice!      Watch out for the SeaBees……….I know one in Belfast who landed at Omaha Beach and was on the Red Ball express, is only 84, and would love to operate her, as I’m sure others would.   Would make a nice exhibit at one of our state fairs.

    UPDATE: I told Mr. Hermie about this article this morning. He said he drove many of ’em during WWII. The SeaBees used to cable two side by side D7’s together (cable had a huge metal wrecking type ball in the middle; they’d drag this thru the woods. It would clear the trees; then they’d remove the roots, grade, and place metal grids and presto, there was a landing strip.) He said one D7 sunk into a peat bog somewhere near Oakland; it was never recovered…………….

  • Anonymous

    Nice machine, great to see it restored.

    I owned one like this (cable type) years ago when I built logging & camp roads, what a power house. The only thing I didn’t like was the crank on the pony motor.

  • awesome job it looks real good now you dont find them like that anymore power house nice job

  • Anonymous

    great job!
     

  • Anonymous

    Well done!!!  I would think Caterpillar would make you an offer just to have it on display in the company showroom.

  • Anonymous

    Nice job and very unique, but since it was restored by an auto body shop, why in the pics do you see yellow Cat paint on the tracks… Shouldn’t those have been masked off before spraying?

    • Anonymous

      A little nit-picking aren’t we …………………….. as soon as he uses it the paint will be gone.

    • it had to be moved some time  and think it  had to stay outside while he was working other things.  duh

  • Anonymous

    Great to see someone preserve the past over chopping it up for scrap value.

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