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    Default Yet Another Old Clark Forklift

    I found this forum in my google searches to determine what forklift I just bought, and still can't find enough information on it.

    A background: I bought a caterpillar T35D recently for $2000. I then found out (by getting it stuck twice) that it can't go on gravel roads. That was right after I found that metal delivery trucks will not go on gravel roads. So I planned on getting a replacement, more expensive, pneumatic tired forklift to replace it. But all of the ones I found under $6k were not nearly as fun to use. The Caterpillar has great hydraulic control, side shift, an automatic transmission, dual brake pedals, 3600 pound capacity, etc., and the more I test drove those other forklifts the less willing I was to part with it. So I found a cheap Clark forklift on Craigslist to supplement it.

    The forklift in question:
    https://i.imgur.com/1tLWkZV.jpg
    https://i.imgur.com/crE8Hts.jpg

    (I'm new to the forum so I can't embed them properly)

    I got it for $1450 because it was a "ran when parked" model that the hydraulic valves were missing from. I just drove over to it recently and brought a new battery, hydraulic fluid, and a propane tank. I was able to plug the return hole in the hydraulic tank (where the valve would dump into) and ran a hose from the pump into the fill port of the tank, so I could run it without killing the pump or dumping fluid everywhere. The sole reason I was there was to get it running so it would be cheaper to move the 120 miles to my shop. I had limited time before the seller had to leave, so I couldn't be as thorough as I would have liked to try and identify it.

    Information I have that may be beneficial to identification:
    -Clark Yardlift, Y20B
    -Serial number 179-344-109
    -Type G (It says that on the nameplate. No idea what it means)
    -6V battery
    -Engine cover comes off in several pieces, and does not hinge
    -Side flaps hinge up
    -Single lift cylinder
    -Dual tilt cylinders
    -2000 pound capacity at 24"
    -Hi Lo and Forward Reverse levers, feels like a regular dry clutch
    -Plastic shifter knobs, but I didn't pay enough attention to know what else may be plastic
    -4 cylinder engine
    -Propane, but there doesn't appear to be any way to mount a tank to it, except for cramming it between the seat and cover bars, which is actually pretty snug, but definitely not stock.
    -Used to be painted blue, I think
    -The cover is made out of tubing and expanded steel. It is attached to the mast and has pivots so that the whole thing shifts forwards and backwards with the mast. I've never seen one like this before.
    -No power steering
    -It has five gauges, a keystart, and a button or two I only just now thought about and never tried. Electric parking brake?


    Some issues:
    -No brakes. Pedal goes right to the floor.
    -It seems to crank really, really slow, and that's with a brand new (6V) battery. When I turned the key I thought it had an electrical issue or the engine was hard to turn, but it actually started up and it has the best sounding engine I've ever heard on a forklift. Where my Caterpillar shakes and vibrates and the rattle drowns out everything, you can't even feel this thing running while you're sitting on it.
    -Hydraulic valve is missing. Apparently they sent it out for a rebuild two years earlier and it got lost, so the forklift just sat until I started it up yesterday.

    So if anyone has any information on this model, mainly the production date and where to get parts, I would love to hear about it.

    EDIT: I have a couple of other pictures if they help: one of where the valves should be, the serial number plate, an operator's view of the controls, the tires, and the battery. I have a dismally slow internet connection and have a tough time uploading pictures, but may be able to get them. The two I posted are directly from the Craigslist ad.

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    "(I'm new to the forum so I can't embed them properly)"
    Read the instructions..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdmidget View Post
    "(I'm new to the forum so I can't embed them properly)"
    Read the instructions..
    I tried to embed them the normal way and got the "you aren't logged in or don't have permission" thing that pops up. It turns out after registering it doesn't keep you logged in, but I didn't realize that was the issue until the post. I'm not really sure why it lets you type out a whole thread without being logged in, but oh well.

    If it helps anyone:




    So do you have any information about the forklift?

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    I got this lift home safely despite a dead battery, flat tire, and a moron on a bigger forklift.

    I fixed both of those things and immediately sunk it in the gravel. It has 6.00-9 pneumatic tires in the front and 5.00-8 cushion tires in the rear. Does anyone think putting pneumatic tires in the rear would help? It'll only cost about $110 so I'll probably do it anyway, but I need to get this thing out to the main road for unloading sheet metal.


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