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Galion Tandem Roller Under Construction

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Years ago, I built a White 3000 tractor, with the intent of building a Galion tandem roller and lowboy to go with it. The truck was done almost 30 years ago, (as seen in my avatar)...............the lowboy last year, and finally, I started cutting parts for the roller tonite! I have not been able to find a lot of reference material, but did find a manual, and lots of photos of the outside of the roller. I used to work for a construction company back then, and we had one in the back lot. But, i never got to take detailed photos of it, and can no longer access it to do so. So.................a little bit of artistic license will be taken with the innards of the beast, but outside, it should look pretty good. Time will tell how it turns out! I laid out the skin on a big piece of plastic sheet, and drew details on it from the manual I had, scaled to the proper 1/25th size. Cut it out, fabricate a frame for the bottom, put a belly pan on it, and I have a reasonable semblance of the real roller. I chose the gas powered model over the diesel, so I used a Chevy 6 cyl. block with a stretched flathead head on top. so far, so good.2323232323
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Tom, wow what a cool project to take on. This will be very interesting to follow. 

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Very interesting. That will make a cool load.

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I am liking this idea.

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Very interesting project!

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Nice job on that body, Tom ... the front curve looks right on and seems to have bent to shape naturally!

I'm surprised to see an engine, but that's natural too .. for us shameless detailers. ;)

You can do some Unlimited Use blacktop with that baby.

It's interesting that Galion is also the name of the town it was made in.

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Great project - I'll be following.

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Now, this is going to be quite nice.....Excellent work, so far Man.....I really like how you approached the main panel work....Very nice....

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Thanks for the good words, guys! Since I no longer can check out the real one, out of necessity, I'm building this one from the outside in. Kind of a different approach, but it sure will look good when done.

Nice job on that body, Tom ... the front curve looks right on and seems to have bent to shape naturally!

I'm surprised to see an engine, but that's natural too .. for us shameless detailers. ;)

You can do some Unlimited Use blacktop with that baby.

It's interesting that Galion is also the name of the town it was made in.

Mike, the prototype for this is in your backyard. It is parked in the lot owned by Maxymillian construction on the corner of Putnam Rd. and Rt. 7. It is just behind the fence on the edge of Putnam Rd. I ran that shop for years, doing truck and equipment repairs, building equipment, and painting everything they owned, until 1991 when I got injured, and couldn't do that work any longer. The old girl was still parked in the same place, last I looked. she probably has grown roots by now!

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This is a cool project.. can't wait to see this finished!

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Thanks for the good words, guys! Since I no longer can check out the real one, out of necessity, I'm building this one from the outside in. Kind of a different approach, but it sure will look good when done.

Mike, the prototype for this is in your backyard. It is parked in the lot owned by Maxymillian construction on the corner of Putnam Rd. and Rt. 7. It is just behind the fence on the edge of Putnam Rd. I ran that shop for years, doing truck and equipment repairs, building equipment, and painting everything they owned, until 1991 when I got injured, and couldn't do that work any longer. The old girl was still parked in the same place, last I looked. she probably has grown roots by now!

I'm sure you could get access to it, If it's still there. You should still have some pull there ... makes me wonder who's running the place now, pretty sure Maxy was there when I retired 9 years ago and he was a few years older than I. We got along well with both of us structural engineers and car guys.

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Nice start Tom! You may find something on machinerytrader.com or rockanddirt.com. Looking forward to seeing this come together

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Very cool project!!! Looking great so far!!

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A great build subject Tom, and what you've done so far looks real nice!

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Great project - I'll be following.

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Tom:  Don't forget to add water to the drum?:rolleyes: That's pretty cool!

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That's pretty cool looking. Great project!

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Tom:  Don't forget to add water to the drum?:rolleyes: That's pretty cool!

Good one! I'll add water to the drum, but I'm NOT painting it red! LOL!

Making the rear drum, the smaller of the two. Going to make the front one tomorrow, then will be gone on vacation for two weeks. More to come on our return.IMG_2985_zpsqr5fd34l.jpgIMG_2986_zps6tbok6lb.jpgIMG_2987_zpssqx443ba.jpg

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What is that?  An old Bridgeport??

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What is that?  An old Bridgeport??

the data plate says  South Bend lathe works, looks exactly like one we have at work

fantastic works so far

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That is one of my three lathes............and the one I like the most, a South Bend 9A. I also have a Clausing 14x36 and a Micro Mark 7x12, along with the other requisite machines such as a Clausing milling machine, drill presses and grinders and sanders etc.

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Fantastic project. Your off to a great start. 

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Last post before vacation...........maybe the help will continue work on her while I'm gone! LOL! Mockup with both drums in place..................now the hard work!IMG_3005_zpsnmfkk3mm.jpg

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Looks incredible!!

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Off to an awesome start...

Enjoy your vacation!

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