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#1 Utah Smitty OFFLINE  

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Posted December 31, 2013 - 10:44 AM

This was posted in our local online classifieds.  It's a Ferguson Research Bearcat Utility Vehicle... It's an articulated vehicle with full time 4wd. This one is rigged up as a snow plow. The owner says it has a Wisconsin V4 engine, but the one other reference I found for them said they had Kohlers in them...

 

I'm interested in this (Oh, No!! Not Again!!!!)  But want to find more info.

 

I added a couple more pictures and got a larger picture of the Right Hand front of the machine.  The new pictures are from the 2kcars website:

 

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Posted December 31, 2013 - 10:59 AM

Never seen or heard of one. But it sure looks like it would be fun to push snow with!!

 

By the look of it I wonder if it was not originally intended to be used as a Tow unit on an aircraft flight line?


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Posted December 31, 2013 - 11:06 AM

Looks like a Jeep!  I think it would be neat!  What trans and steering it have?   Is it Cheap?  Bet not or  have to wait long time to see if your bid is taken?  Right in there with the engine!  Guess you can control that and hear how it is running, ha!  Keep you Warm I wonder?


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Posted December 31, 2013 - 11:18 AM

That is so cool :worshippy1: ...hopefully the seller is getting better with his painting abilities after he practiced on it though.


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Posted December 31, 2013 - 11:45 AM

I haven't seen it up close and personal.  The ad listing said the engine is seized, but another Wisconsin is available.  He's asking $850, which I think is kind of high.

 

The steering is hydraulic--one shot shows the steering valve/motor with hydraulic lines.  The engine is real close, so I imagine it would be pretty warm in the winter, esp. if I could rig up a cab for it.

 

I'm also wondering if the Wisconsin engine is an add on... the enclosure for it makes me think it was a stationary power unit that was put into the machine.

 

Here's a link to a restored model--the only one I could find.  It says it has a Kohler engine on it. Note also the narrower tires... the one I'm looking at has fender extensions on it--again probably an add on.

 

http://2kkars.com/to...rticulated-4x4/

 

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Smitty


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Posted December 31, 2013 - 11:49 AM

Looks like it was geared toward military or forest service use...  very cool piece of equipment.


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Posted December 31, 2013 - 01:50 PM

VERY NICE!!!!! I saw one of those at a small airport in Wyoming. It was used for moving planes and such around the hangers. It too had a fitment for a front snow plow. I actually got to ride in it (back) when I was investigating a burglary. I always thought it would of made a great hunting vehicle for a hunting / fishing camp. Hope you can get it for a reasonable price and get it going. Good Luck. Roger.


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Posted December 31, 2013 - 03:03 PM

looks very well :thumbs:  but never seen before :(


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Posted January 01, 2014 - 07:23 AM

That's pretty neat. Would be a fun thing to own!



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Posted January 05, 2014 - 09:39 PM

Well, I was planning to go look at it last Friday and the owner emailed me that morning and said he'd sold it to someone in Wyoming.

 

It would have been a neat project, and probably practical, esp. for my mom to get around the homestead in... oh well...

 

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Posted March 27, 2014 - 09:28 AM

I know nothing about it but I want one.



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Posted May 03, 2016 - 08:20 PM

I have a Bearcat that I bought used from "The Depot" in Madison Indiana in 1968. This site is the only one that I have found with any information on this vehicle. I attached some scans of the brochure that came with the vehicle. Ferguson stopped buying engines from Wisconsin in 1963 so I believe that is when they went out of business. The Bearcat that I have was a newer model that has a 34 hp Wisconsin VH4D air cooled engine. The vehicle has no suspension except the articulated body and under inflated tires so it rides like a tractor not an ATV. I use it for logging and firewood and it still works like new. I would be interested in any history etc. on the company or vehicles.

 

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Posted May 04, 2016 - 06:40 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! That is an awesome machine!



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Posted May 05, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Oh boy that looks like fun! That's going on my list of things to find too!



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Posted May 06, 2016 - 07:32 AM

I like, it would be good for fighting woods fires with Indian cans and hand tools. A little short in the back skid pump and tank.






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