Ford CL30 Skid Steer Compact Loader Project


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Ford CL30 Skid Steer Compact Loader Project
Ford skid steer compact loader similar to a Bobcat. Came with a 30 HP four-cylinder air-cooled Wisconsin VH4D Motor.  40HP model was called a CL40.
Combination central hydraulic pump feeds hydraulic motors for movement and raises and lowers the front arms and tilts your front accessory.  Hydraulic motors drive sprockets and chains which drive the wheels on each side. All of these main parts are here but they are covered in oil and dirt from use over the years.  All hydraulic rams are all in place and appear to be in good shape but I have no way to test these yet.
Very simple machine but it does generally need to be rebuilt.  Personally, I would replace all of the hydraulic lines and put new seals and o-rings in the hydraulic components. It looks like somebody painted this at some point and did not do the greatest job.  My plan was to get it sorted out mechanically and then paint the entire thing Ford yellow or blue.
Does not have a bucket.  Comes with a REALLY heavy duty cage to help protect the operator.
There is surface rust in many places and a few pits in a few places but nothing that gives me concern.  The center sheet metal seat and seat base are in bad shape.  Very simple design that would be very easy to fabricate. See pics.
Previous owner added a separate fuel pump and some other electronics. The original wiring harness is cut up.
I've been cleaning this up and pulling it apart to rebuild but got a deal on a smaller skid steer so decided to sell this one. Plus, I'm just a weekend warrior in this machine is overkill for what I really needed.
If you want to use the original Wisconsin motor, it will need to be reassembled with all gaskets replaced. I pulled it out and started to tear it apart but then when I bought the smaller different skid steer so I stopped working on it and loosely reassembled. 
The motor is a very simple bulletproof design.  I have most of the air cooling shroud but the main one that goes around the flywheel was cut apart.  The pistons and rods were pulled out of it. They are numbered. One piston needs to be replaced since there is a small break at the edge. All cylinder walls look to be in decent shape and I was just planning on running a dingle ball hone through them before cleaning and reassembly. Engine turned over freely while I was disassembling it but now I think there is some gasket material jamming that is stopping it from turning more than 15 or 20 degrees. I did not want to force this anymore and I'm not worried about it. The cam lobes look to be in good shape. Same thing with the crankshaft and journals. No evidence of major wear on the rod bearings. Again, it should be rebuildable but should be disassembled, cleaned really well and all gaskets changed. My back up plan was to simply buy a modern 25-30HP twin motor.
The two new tires alone cost $320. 
1,200 OBO and this really cool machine with a lot of potential can be yours.
Below are some specs found in the book and online.l:
CL30 was produced between 1974 and 1983.
The CL30 has a 30 horsepower, gasoline Wisconsin engine
The front and rear tires were 7.50-15.
Weighs 4,050 lbs
The boom breakout force is 1,500 lbs.
The CL30 is hydrostatic, four-wheel drive machines with a drive system comprising pumps, chain drives and hydraulic motors. The steering is controlled by linkages and levers and turning through the flow of oil in the drive circuits.
Thank you for looking. Please send any questions you might have and I'll try to answer.
Located in Richmond Texas just SW of Houston.

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