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Posted June 23, 2012 - 10:33 PM

Today I attended the Adrian, MO show and saw this David Bradley Ice Sled. I doubt they were common up north but must be extremely rare this far south. To top it off this thing is a ONE OWNER! I've known the owner for several years and while talking to him today I asked him where he found it. he just grinned and jokingly said "In the Sears catalog". Apparently this was in his local Sears retail store in the extreme late 1950's or very early 1960's and they had two of them. He bought this one and tried to get his buddy to buy the other so they could race. His buddy couldn't come up with the cash so he doesn't know where the other one ended up. He says he wishes he'd have bought both at the time. Purchase price was just under $100 back then.
The engine looks to be a Power Products ring-A-ding [2 stroke] and it has centrifucal clutch and belt drive to a small wheel with pneumatic tire under and just in front of the dash. I tipped it up and it has a tire chain on the drive tire which I'm guessing is a 4 or 6 incher. The steering rudder is visable out the back and the side rails are stability "runners". He said it worked well. Not sure what it weighs but when I tipped it up I could tell it is VERY light.

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Posted June 23, 2012 - 11:05 PM

Kris, That is very COOL, did you take any pictures of the underside? Thanks for sharing.. :thumbs:

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Posted June 23, 2012 - 11:16 PM

That is sooooooo cool!!!! Thanks for the picture. I might have to try an make something like this :laughingteeth:

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Kris, That is very COOL, did you take any pictures of the underside? Thanks for sharing.. :thumbs:

http://vintagesnowmobiles.50megs.com/PP12839.html Here is a good set of pictures of the bottom of those.
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Posted June 24, 2012 - 04:39 AM

That's pretty cool! Never saw one before!

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 05:28 AM

Quite literally a cool machine for use in a "cool" job. I've never seen the likes of that up here. So, did the ice go on the sled or did you push or pull the blocks along.

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 05:33 AM

This looks to something you rode on, Brian. Guess you could put the ice on something to pull behind.

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 05:51 AM

It looks like it would be used in areas where a commercial operation harvested ice or where you lived near a lake and cut your own each winter. It's been a long time since we had ice boxes here. I never saw one as a kid in the 60's. You only saw them in movies.

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 06:51 AM

This was designed as a childs ride on toy for frozen lakes and ponds. Can you imagine promoting children to venture out on the ice in todays world of liability and litigation?

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 07:15 AM

We all dreamed as a kid that our sleds were powered, Mr. Bradley just acted on it.

That thing is so neat. I've never seen one, probably the few they sold didnt survive.

Thank you for sharing. I'm going stare at that for a while.
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Posted June 24, 2012 - 07:54 AM

Thinking about cloning it, Alan? Will could have fun on one to!

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 08:12 AM

That is an awsome little buggy! Never heard of one before. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Posted June 24, 2012 - 08:25 AM

That a neat little machine , thanks for the pictures and story about it , Al
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Posted June 24, 2012 - 08:32 AM

I'm not positive, but I think we may have trashed the remnants of one of those when my dad bought his place in 1990's. The quonset was full of all kinds of junk, and I remember looking at something that looked like the deck and railing of that and wondering what it was for. Then I tossed in the back of the truck and went to the dump.
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Posted June 24, 2012 - 09:15 AM

Thinking about cloning it, Alan? Will could have fun on one to!


No, just dreaming. Neat machine tho.




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