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    Posted: 16 May 2012 at 8:07pm
In 1941 HMS Illustrious,one of our front line aircraft carriers, was severely damaged in the Med whilst re-supplying Malta.
She subsequently limped over to the US where she underwent a major rebuild and re-appeared in 1942, re-equipped with some American machinery such as the above tractor. Do we know what it is, and are there any still about?
I can tell you that the aeroplane is a Grumman Martlet fighter, which was the Royal Navy's version of the Grumman Wildcat.
Any information would be appreciated.
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 16 May 2012 at 8:17pm
interesting tractor,if no replies on this possibly try smokstak
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 16 May 2012 at 8:55pm
have found one for you. these  where made in three colours for us navy grey,yellow and orange.manufractured by clark. named as a clarktor 6 aircraft tug. engine fitted was a chrysler industrial 6 engine. possibly 6 litres a real muscle tug. hope this helps.
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 17 May 2012 at 7:36am
Clark also made some small crawlers for the US army...
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Quote steve d Replybullet Posted: 17 May 2012 at 8:56pm
brings back memorys for me as my dad was based in Malta in the early fifties on HMS Triiumph ,working on test flight as an air mech ,he worked on some of the very early jet engines and turbo props ,he told me about the sort of different machines and the many american bits of kit they  had ,but i believe if my memory serves me right they were using fordsons and david browns as tugs  i will have to have a look at some of the photos he took .
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2012 at 7:55pm
yes i have heard of them,they where dropped by parachute. must have been some shute similar to a marque.
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2012 at 8:15pm
have a photo here taken in 1944 march time. this is a clark C A 1 airbourne tractor. when the americans landed behind japanese lines in burma they used these to clear scrub etc so they could make landing strips for there own supply aircraft.it is claimed that in 24 hrs they cleared 500 ft x 1000 ft to produce a clearing for a temp airstrip.
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Quote Hillsider Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2012 at 8:26pm
Hi,
There is a display featuring these machines in working mode at the US Airforce Museum Dayton Ohio. I recall thinking that compared to the average Caterpillar they were small but it seems that they were rather good at doing the job that they were designed for.
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2012 at 8:33pm
ray. i have no info on there weight but looking at the photo they could be say 3 tons. i can tell you that one of these came up for  sale on e bay and it made 5000 dollars u.s
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Quote crawler Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2012 at 12:29am
The Clark CA-1 crawler was developed in 1942, it wasn't parachuted but was designed to fit inside a glider. It weighed 1.9 tonnes, they were fitted with boxes on the sides that were filled with sand once on the ground.
 
Here's one being unloaded from a glider.
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2012 at 4:49am
thanks for that photo the info just keeps coming through. the next thing we know possibly someone is going to say they have one !
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Quote pete0250 Replybullet Posted: 20 May 2012 at 10:15am
Been trying for ages to post these pics, taken on a recent trip to France.
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Quote WrigleyOC Replybullet Posted: 29 Jun 2012 at 1:37pm
Spotted at Caister Castle and Motor Museum. Certainly a place well worth a visit. Loads of interesting exhibits.
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 29 Jun 2012 at 7:58pm
i new this would happen robert ,some one here has one. did you manage to get a look at the engine ? if so how many cyclinders has it .
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Quote WrigleyOC Replybullet Posted: 29 Jun 2012 at 8:51pm
Didnt actually get a look at the engine, but did have a look through a hole in the dash. It looked as though it was a 4 cylinder engine of some kind.
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Quote Franktonpaget Replybullet Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 6:09pm
Have  maintenance manuals for Clarktor 6, very comprehensive one is 150 pages
These are four wheel models some have twin rear wheels
They use various six cylinder chrysler engine developing 25.35bhp at 1800 revs
three forward gears and one reverse 3.5mph to 12 mph
Available in "light" or "heavy" models with drawbar pull up to 5000lbs depending on tyre specification
 
Does anybody out there have one of these machines who needs a manual.
 
A friend in Australia has restored one of the air portable crawlers ex US forces, very handy for rally attendance as quite low weight.
 
Did Massey Harris also use the Chrysler engines in tractors and combines
 
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Quote jeepinaheap Replybullet Posted: 11 Sep 2012 at 3:30am
Saw your post of Clarkat on the British aircraft carrier.  I have one of these units that I am restoring.  It has original 4 cylinder continental L head engine.
They were built by Clark Equipment Company from 1939 to 1945.  It is called a Clarkat B Model and they came standard or "heavy" which had extra weights attached inside the hull.  The US Army used these in several Army Airforce Depots in the states.  Some were used overseas but scant documentation or photos of wartime units.  There is an Army manual available, TM 10 - 1645.  It contains black and white photos of what look like Army units.  Check out "Clark Tugs" for a forum discussion and pictures.  That is how I found your page.  I really like the photos attached of the carrier and the unit with fenders.  Mine is like the Beetle Bomb...no fenders.
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