Crawler Tractor - Caterpillar D2

Production date
1938
Country
USA
State/Province
Illinois
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Description
A 1938 Caterpillar crawler tractor model D2 with a four cylinder diesel engine. It is painted yellow with black trim, black logo and black lever handles. The petrol tank is mounted on the back of the seat at the rear of the tractor. It has an unpainted tread and red seat. It has an overhead valve. It has "CATERPILLAR D2" cast vertically on both sides of the engine at the front of the crawler tractor.
Classification
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Farm Machinery tractor
CH classification CONSTRUCTION Crawler tractor
Production place
Measurements
L2763 x W1465 x H1915mm
Weight 3362kg
Bore 101.6mm
Stoke 127mm
RPM 1650
Drawbar 36.62 HP
Belt 41.86 HP
Media/Materials description
Steel
Paint
Vinyl
Plastic
Glass
Signature/Marks
CATERPILLAR / REG US PAT OFF
CATERPILLAR D2
CATERPILLAR
CATERPILLAR
TRACTOR NUMBER \ 3J1521
History and use
This model D2 is a 3J series manufactured in 1938, the first year of production. It was purchased by Bert Thiess for his collection but it is not known where or when he obtained it. There are 5 D2 model tractors in the collection but this is the earliest one.

The D2 model is a diesel crawler tractor first produced in 1938. It was Caterpillar's smallest diesel tractor. It was designed as a small economical tractor intended for farm work, and could pull 3 to 4 ploughs. It used a completely new engine and transmission. It was a reliable, low cost machine to operate and was versatile with applications ranging from farming, small landscaping contracts to surface coal mining. It had a Cat D3400, four cylinder, 3 3/4 x 5 inch bore and stroke diesel engine.

The model D2, 3J and 5J series were manufactured from 1938 to 1947 and the 4U and 5U series from 1948 to 1957. The 3J had a standard 40inch wide track gauge and the 5J had a 50inch wide track gauge. The original price was US$1,400. The total number of D2s produced was 26,454
Registration number
R6633

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USA

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