This is awesome. The video you are about to see shows us the cutting edge diesel technology of eighty years ago and how famers and operators were supposed to treat it during work. This 1937 Caterpillar film shows proper maintenance, injector testing, and more. The injector testing, simply flipping them over, reattaching the fuel and trying to start the engine is great. This is likely more common that we knew but it’s really fun to watch.
The talk about proper air cleaner use, proper water being used to fill the cooling system, and how to make sure the engine lives a long time is basic but fun and informative. The cooling system chat with its focus on keeping lime deposits out of the engine is great and illustrative. We like it.
These engines were among the best of their era and even today Caterpillar is one of the most respected manufacturers of diesel engines in the world. Powering everything from equipment to over the road trucks, who has not heard a big Caterpillar hard at work somewhere? While it is not a sexy subject, the routine maintenance on machines like these made and continue to make the difference between one that runs forever and makes a butt load of money and one that is a massive headache and a detraction to your business.
1937 or 2020, the message is the same. Keep up on your maintenance!