Vintage Sleds My Addictionsnowmobile. vintage sleds
Posted December 29, 2013 - 01:48 PM
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Posted December 29, 2013 - 01:50 PM
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Posted December 29, 2013 - 02:42 PM
Love the Spitfire. I have 2 79 models and would like to have a black one someday. I grew up on my Spitfire. That thing would go where no other would and if I got stuck it was easy to throw around. Not fast on the top end but if it would have traction it would sure take off. Someday I'll get them running for my kids to have the same experiences.
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Posted December 29, 2013 - 03:25 PM
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Posted December 29, 2013 - 04:29 PM
Posted December 29, 2013 - 04:48 PM
Grew up on a 73 Coleman Skiroule with a Sachs 440 engine.. The design was way ahead of it's time.. Busted the crank when I was 16 and Dad tossed it.. (Wished I still had it..) On to a Mercury and then I got away from sleds for a bunch of years..
About 10 years later I started collecting the dang things and one time I was up to 7 and they all ran!! Most of them were John Deeres and I had a couple skidoos.. The kids were in their teens and we all would set out to go sledding lots of time..
One year we had a tough go.. We started out riding in a park and buzzed down the trail.. Next thing you know, Sled down!! Aluminum on the spark plug meant the piston had a hole in it.. Towed it to the road and doubled the kids up and continued on..
A few miles later another one burned down.. THEN I looked into the engine cooling shroud and found mice had built condos inside there obstructing the airflow.. Checked the other sleds and cleaned any of the junk out of the running ones and finished the days ride..
Needless to say I got good at rebuilding the things...
Edited by WNYTractorTinkerer, December 29, 2013 - 04:49 PM.
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Posted December 31, 2013 - 06:41 PM
I have a 77 Exciter 340 with a 540 engine swap. It also has a rear skid from an 80 SS 440. I have a couple newer sleds we also ride. The 77 is the most fun!
Posted January 01, 2014 - 05:41 PM
I have recently gotten interested in Yamaha Exciter 440 1978 would be my favorite because of the decals.
Anybody here with experience with Exciters? Would appreciate some pointers.
Posted January 04, 2014 - 10:44 PM
Here is a rare 70's sled from C F Struck Corp (the mini-dozer company). They were kit built or the plans could be purchased for $5. I was fortunate to obtain all the NOS tracks, skis and boogie set-up that the company had in storage for over 30 years. I've built two from the plans. It's a small sled with a Tecumseh 7hp engine. I only know of two factory originals. One is in the Snowmobile Museum in WI and that doesn't have the optional hood.
Posted January 04, 2014 - 11:29 PM
We had the early '70's Coleman Skiroule as well. Thinkin' it was a 1971 but not sure. Was the ugly blunt hood model, green color, but hey that keeps the wind off! 440 Sachs pull start only. All the springs were broken underneath so it was bottomed out all the time. It had been very abused before we got it. Don't think it ever had skid rods on the skis while we ran it. Didn't turn real good and got a few battle scars on the fiberglass hood from that. Hard to start but ran hard once going. Ran that one for a lot of years.
Older brother had a slightly newer and much better shape Coleman 340 with the sleek hood. Less hood and much more windshield - until he met a snow bank that had somewhat melted and then refrozen to the consistancy of concrete. As the sled stopped instantly but his body didn't ... the windshield was removed. After that windchill had a real pucker factor!