The Good the Bad & The Ugly

A selection of unusual scrapers
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an old photo of a tractor being driven by a machine in the middle of nowhere
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
In the UK, this Goliath is getting a shove from a Caterpillar D8. It is quite a new machine but already the engine is leaking oil (around the lower engine guards), and the operator is hoping for an early end to the day before his neck drops off!
an old black and white photo of a train wreck
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PC Zanen of the Netherlands were unfortunate enough to own a couple of Blaw-Knox Goliaths. The push tractor is an Allis-Chalmers HD9 with a cab. Notice how the operator has to lean over his right shoulder and look down to see what is happening at the cutting edge.
a yellow tractor parked on top of a lush green field next to a sign that reads,
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Another beautifully restored Oliver 990 in the USA. The steering cylinders and fabricated hitch can both be clearly seen as can the Rootes blower on the GM 3-71 engine. This particular machine has only one aircleaner – most of the 990’s had two.
an old yellow tractor sitting on top of a dirt field with trees in the background
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Well worn Oliver 990 doing some land shaping in the USA. One of the steering cylinders can just be seen above the tractor drive wheel. The Be-Ge scraper (which was a towed type originally) was grafted on to a new hitch by Oliver engineers and the whole unit sold as a motor scraper. Production was not high
a man standing on top of a yellow tractor in the middle of a dirt field
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Taken at a heavy equipment show in the USA, this Oliver 990 is self-loading. The red wheel centres are not a standard paint job but must be to the owners liking. The agricultural nature of the tractor is very evident including where the front steering axle used to go.
a large yellow tractor parked on top of a lush green field with trees in the background
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Preserved Oliver 990 motor scraper beautifully preserved in the USA, As you can see it was quite a weird looking piece of equipment. The twin air cleaner inlets are usually standard on this machine even though it only has a 3-cylinder engine!.
an old drawing of a tractor with the words, looking very bushelskie in this frame
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Looking very businesslike in this rear three quarter view, the 632’s bowl held 38 cubic yards and the machine could get along at 32 miles per hour. Only problem was nobody bought the thing. It is suspected that the machine was underpowered for the load it carried and contractors who needed to shify bulk dirt fast opted for the larger models 650 and 660. The Caterpillar 632 required tandem pushing to achieve an effective payload in most soils.
a drawing of a large truck with wheels
Caterpillar 632 scraper
From a 1962 Caterpillar brochure, here is the model 632. It featured the tractor unit of the model 630B and the bowl of the 641, all joined together by a new hitch & gooseneck. Fewer than 200 were ever built and the machine was withdrawn from production in late 1963.