Cletrac oil filter missing ????

Jim In NY

Happy 4th YTers: any one know what years Cletrac did not use a oil filter ? I am interested in buying a hg42 and there isn't an oil filter on it and the owner does not know the hg42 year?
I think all those Hercules engines (IXA, IXK, IXB) were equipped with an oil filter if originally installed in a Cletrac or Oliver crawler, but if you have a replacement engine (very common) out of something else that wasnt destined for severe duty, it may not have had a filter installed.

If your engine doesnt have a filter, its easy to retrofit- the internal plumbing is there and the eternal ports that would route oil into the bolt-on filter base are blocked off by grub screws. Youll just need to find a donor engine with a filter assembly, or get ahold of Landis Zimmerman, or Hercano Propulsion.

Be aware that the Hercules oiling system on these engines is not a full flow design so that filter cleans a very small amount of oil per hour of operation. You can really get along just fine without it if you change your oil on a schedule based on how its used.

Hopefully the engine you have doesnt smoke excessively or knock too loud. Those Hercules parts can be expensive!
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Thanks answered the needed question. If I purchase this crawler I'll just change the oil in sensible periods. Looking forward

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