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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:41 am    Post subject: Propane to gasoline ?? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've come across an Oliver 552 forklift that needs some attention. How difficult is it to change from propane to gasoline? Apparently it was originally gasoline that was converted to propane for indoor use. Is it simply a carb install to go back to gasoline?
The 6 speed tranny is also locked up so there's only one reverse and one forward, gear at the moment. Is this a problem with the Hi-Lo fork?
Thanks for any ideas.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:10 am    Post subject: Re: Propane to gasoline ?? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Personally I'd leave it propane. As for the transmission check it over, I personally have disabled a few gears in Fork lift transmissions to stop the employees form driving to fast and doing other stupid things. Never did figure out how to stop them from driving them out in the mud, getting them stuck and breaking the ROPS of them with the track hoe they were trying to recover it with. I wanted to fire the whole darn shift but the GM wouldn't let me, corporate finally solved the problem and promoted the night shift foreman to plant manager at another location. It was funny they spent money to relocate hin to Texas and fired him and the GM six months later. Seems it's okay to destroy fork lifts with track hoes, but have hookers and drugs in the plant and you're gone. Guess we also know why the company ended up selling out to their major (and larger) competitior.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: Propane to gasoline ?? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have a 551, we haven't had any big problems with it and we use it a lot. 550's are common so parts are easy to find. I wouldn't pay to much for in that condition though. A carb should be all you need to get it back to gas.
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