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So I have been swiping ideas from ya'll for awhile now so figured it was time to pay it forward. RestoMod project is a '98 T-cat, 121" that I picked up last year. Below are some pictures when I brought it home.

Intention is to break her down to the chassis, and build it back with the AGLT mod and 136" skid. I know it's been done over and over but I have myself have never done it.

Follow along and enjoy
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these older T cats to me are just so timeless and easy on the eye's
and I can agree when you have the aglt and rear skid upgrades to them, there way so much better than stock in ride and comfort!
and some very smart cookies on this site that have built a few of them for help if needed,as there all nice enough to help or always have been!
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For sure. I am completely stoked. Picked this one of for $750 off Ebay no less.


And away we go. Here are a few pictures of the teardown. 20 years of wear/tear/grease/and grime
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One thing I learned from previous efforts is to bag and tag EVERYTHING, including fasteners. Even if using all new fasteners, having the old ones around for reference is a huge help. Same for the parts being replaced. The Cat illustrated parts breakdowns are nice but nothing like having the item in your hand.

Speaking of fasteners, this is one of those thing most people, including myself, forget to factor into the budget. If you are using new one it can be a huge expense.
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I been looking for a 98 for a long time. I want to do the same thing, I have a 98 ZRT 600 AGLT 136 and would love to build a 98 T-cat just can't find a prime candidate like you did for the right money. Awesome find, and that thing looks like it wasn't overly abused either, dirt and grime comes off with some effort. Where in the country are you from and where was this sled? How many miles were on the odo? Looking forward to seeing your progress.

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I been looking for a 98 for a long time. I want to do the same thing, I have a 98 ZRT 600 AGLT 136 and would love to build a 98 T-cat just can't find a prime candidate like you did for the right money. Awesome find, and that thing looks like it wasn't overly abused either, dirt and grime comes off with some effort. Where in the country are you from and where was this sled? How many miles were on the odo? Looking forward to seeing your progress.
Sled came out of PA, north of Philly. Showed 3200 miles on the odo. It seemed to run okay. I have never taken it out. I brought it home and started taking it apart. There is no better way to become intimate with a machine than to completely disassemble it and rebuild it. Not sure if this outlook qualifies me for the funny farm. I remember when the original, ZRT 600 dropped in '96 I wanted one so bad I could taste it. I was in the Navy and disposable income was just a rumor. ZRT 600/800 is on the list.
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Before and after of the secondary. New rollers, bushings...etc. Stock Cat yellow spring. Blasted with superfine glass bead. Red Scotchbrite (400 grit) on the sheaves to remove belt residues and then finished with WD-40 and 600 grit. Turned out ok.
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I found a deal on a 2002 Pantera 136" skid. Any thoughts or suggestions on transplanting this into the Thundercat?
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Sled came out of PA, north of Philly. Showed 3200 miles on the odo. It seemed to run okay. I have never taken it out. I brought it home and started taking it apart. There is no better way to become intimate with a machine than to completely disassemble it and rebuild it. Not sure if this outlook qualifies me for the funny farm. I remember when the original, ZRT 600 dropped in '96 I wanted one so bad I could taste it. I was in the Navy and disposable income was just a rumor. ZRT 600/800 is on the list.
that wasn't for sale near Pottsville PA was it??
as if so, I almost bought it about 4 yrs ago LOL
had a 1.25 track on it?
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