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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Very neat old machine but I would have restored it to look like it did in the Lincoln video. Personally I think the extra stickers and writing on the sides cheapens it, for lack of a better term.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
    Very neat old machine but I would have restored it to look like it did in the Lincoln video. Personally I think the extra stickers and writing on the sides cheapens it, for lack of a better term.
    Didn't seem to bother the dozen or so buyers from USA and Europe itching to make the deal. That list is stapled to my will for my family todo whatever they want when i croak. I'm sorry some vinyl stickers triggered your comment concerning the 1st welding machine built by Caterpillar. 1st of 25 total.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Quote Originally Posted by wrenchguy View Post
    Didn't seem to bother the dozen or so buyers from USA and Europe itching to make the deal. That list is stapled to my will for my family todo whatever they want when i croak. I'm sorry some vinyl stickers triggered your comment concerning the 1st welding machine built by Caterpillar. 1st of 25 total.
    Myself... the stickers don't bother me. Pretty cool to see what may be the only survivor running. Big thumbs up wrenchguy.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Sometimes altering a classic and/or rare machine lessons the value. If you had an original 427 Cobra and painted it pink people would still be interested, because of what it is, but would probably bring a higher price painted the original color. Caterpillar may have put it together but the welding end is made by Lincoln (maybe built special for Caterpillar). It is a neat rare machine to display but doesn't need to look like it's powering rides at the circus. Sorry.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Quote Originally Posted by wrenchguy View Post
    I'm sorry some vinyl stickers triggered your comment concerning the 1st welding machine built by Caterpillar. 1st of 25 total.
    Yeah, I'm sure it's hard to hear especially after all the work you put into it.
    Great job!

    But the fact is, The stickers DO look like crap.
    maybe if it was a couple stickers... it wouldn't be so bad... ?
    But right now it's approaching gaudy.
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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    Yeah, I'm sure it's hard to hear especially after all the work you put into it.
    Great job!

    But the fact is, The stickers DO look like crap.
    maybe if it was a couple stickers... it wouldn't be so bad... ?
    But right now it's approaching gaudy.
    It's his machine... Maybe you and Dave can pool up and bid on buying it and strip the stickers. I've never said I thought your garage was gaudy...

    BTW John... that's just a little good natured ribbing, but maybe you get the idea...
    Last edited by 12V71; 08-26-2020 at 01:20 AM.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Water off a ducks back

    Which is the way any comment should be taken.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    If you like stickers might as well put an auto idle sucks sticker on it. The stickers distract from what it is.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    From post 1 here its been known i would show this thing, i want to attract attention to it at shows. For 35 years its my goal to get younger people interested in VINTAGE EQUIPMENT. Blinging it as circus ride/tent attacks eyes. Stickers come off, axles come off, back to original easypeasy. I have dozens of "original" equipment videos of my stuff on my tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/d4mike01/videos. 3 pieces on there been blinged up out of the 20 different pieces in the corral.

    Whats the thoughts of guys chopping/customizing 200 pipeliners and junior pipeliners. My view is i'd get bored looking at row of made in the mold originals.
    good luck with ur projects,
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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Wrenchguy, I for one really appreciate the work that you put into the restoration as well as sharing your journey. By doing so you have not only preserved history for future generations, you have also freely given of your knowledge of the restoration process, which has benefited others that have read this thread.

    What is next on your project list?
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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    There's a difference between customizing and restoring. There's no rows of Cat twin welders. The machine itself would attract attention. It doesn't need extra bling to do that and does as you say "attack" the eyes. The guys chopping and customizing their SA200's are usually making a living with them and in some ways it's advertising for their craftsmanship. If they did a terrible job they would get a bad reputation. I have a 1961 SA200 that some purists would shake their head at because it has an under hood muffler. It's still in it's working clothes though and not restored. Restoring machines to as they left factory condition appeals to the most people. Having a poster beside the machine at a show explaining what it is would be a better option in my opinion. Before and after pics. of the restoration back to factory condition would be the best especially if you showed the original pic. from Cat.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Edit, "attract eyes".
    Dave u get last words forever. I'll respond when something about the low commutator bar is posted.
    sc, theres 3-6 things going on at once around here. Plus just keeping stuff running. I usually post up projects on my tube channel. nuff said.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Dave just likes to find fault with anything and anybody. It's just the way he is so best anyone can do is put him on the ignore list.
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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Very funny thread.

    Facts:
    Awesome job on the restoration
    Stickers look like crap
    Opinions mean nothing.
    Contradictory is business as usual

    So thats my stance.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Wrenchguy, wish I could offer help with the commutator issue, but have no knowledge in regards to that. That is an amazing looking machine please keep doing what you do and keep posting here, I for one really enjoy your posts. I am guessing that Duane would be the person most likely to be able to help with your problem, but I imagine he is trying not to get washed out to sea right now with where the storm is coming ashore.
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    Letís all keep Duane in our thoughts. Looks like the bullseye was on him tonight.


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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Edited it for ya.

    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    Fact:
    Awesome job on the restoration
    That's the only fact that matters The rest are like Aholes. Everyone's got one.

    As to the commutator issue - I would be curious if an old-school motor repair shop would be able to guide you on that one, wrenchguy?

    The video on the restoration of the 1936 SA 200 (sticky thread here) had footage of one such shop. I don't recall who/what the shop was, but maybe if you scan back around there you can find out. Perhaps they would be good ones to contact - or at least another similar old-school motor shop.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    If you don't want to get honest feed back good or bad, don't post on a forum. Opinions can vary but you have to take the good with the bad. I agree the restoration is awesome but the stickers do take away from that.

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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod


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    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    Very funny thread.
    Where's uncle Opus when you need him?
    Fuzzy Dice would distract your attention from the cheap [misguided] signage.

    I find the trailer more offensive than the redundant placards - it is wholly
    incongruous with a restoration of this stature . . .

    Always at your service . . .


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    Re: I became caretaker of Caterpillar D315 Lincoln 300x2 Twin Arc welding machine tod

    Stickers? What stickers?
    All I saw was one fine *** welder!
    Good job wrenchguy!

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