Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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1962 Ski Doo   Model K-62 1962 Ski Doo Model K-62
This particular Ski Doo is a unique model K-62 as the cab design is that of an A-62 model. J-Armand Bombardier was looking for ways to reduce weight and to improve the performance and durability of the new Ski Doo’s. The results of his weight reduction program became available on a 1962 model name the Alpine, which only weighed 250#. These machines were to have a 6hp engine and a new flexible suspension system with additional bogie wheels. The name Alpine was never used on the machine and the new lightweight Ski Doo’s were simply given the model number A-62. The K-62 (Kohler) and J-62 (JLO) were the other models for 1962. A little over 3,500 machines were manufactured for 1962. The A-6 model steel cab pushed in to 24.5” at the top, while the K and J models were straight sided and 27.5” at the top of the cab. This particular sled is unique in that the cab is bodied as the A model but has the K model engine and serial number.

1963 Alpine RD 8 1963 Alpine RD 8

1963 Anderson 1963 Anderson

1963 Arctic Cat    Model 100 1963 Arctic Cat Model 100
The Arctic Cat Model 100 was the first front-engine Arctic Cat and the first “sport model” built by the company. The model 100’s were instrumental in the rapid rate of growth in Arctic Cats in the early 60’s. The initial Eagle River, WI snowmobile derby held on Dollar Lake was created by Sparky Meyer, one of Arctic Cat’s original distributors, and by John Alward, a local Eagle River resort owner. They met while Sparky was selling a load of Model 100’s. Of course, this annual derby went on to become the World Championship Snowmobile Derby, held annually in Eagle River. Roger Skime won the 9 horsepower class on a 9hp Model 100 in the inaugural event. The model line-up for the 62-63 season included two industrial models plus the 100 sport model and the 170 rear-engine sport model. Charlie Vallier

1963 Arctic Cat Model 450 1963 Arctic Cat Model 450
“The Arctic Cat Model 450 was the most versatile machine of its kind. Forest Rangers, Game Wardens, Utility companies or anybody who had a tough job to do could do it better with this model.” This machine has all tubular frame construction, automatic clutch, variable speed drive, reversing transmission and a wheel kit available for year around use. Gordy Breeding owned this machine and donated it and his wool suit to the Museum. It was also featured in the painting done by Steve Witucki, and is available at the Museum.

1963 Bonham 1963 Bonham
The Bonham Corporation of Provo, Utah started manufacturing two wheel Tote Goats and other off-road vehicles in 1958-59. In late 1963, early 1964, they manufactured the Spartan 660 motor propelled toboggan for a short period of time through their Powered Equipment Division before a management change stopped the production of the Spartan. Bonham advertised the Spartan 660 as “the vehicle of a thousand uses”. A wheel kit was available for year round use. A 6hp Tecumseh motor was used in conjunction with a two speed forward, one speed reverse transmission. The Spartan rides on pneumatic tires and drives the 20” track off the back axle. An overhead canopy with side curtains could be ordered as an accessory. The Bonham Company sold out in 1972.

1964 Fox Trac  Ice Cycle   Model 130 1964 Fox Trac Ice Cycle Model 130
This 3 runner model made in Jaynesville, WI has a 3 hp engine and starts as easily as a child’s tricycle and will fit in a car trunk. The unique floating drive will power through 5 inches of heavy snow and ice. Owner: Charlie Vallier Engadine, MI

1964 Hus-Ski   Model 200 1964 Hus-Ski Model 200
The Hus-Ski snowmobile was first manufactured from 1962 to1963 in Hespler, Ontario, Canada by Jim and Colin McQuat of Lachute, Quebec. It was designed to meet the needs of loggers who needed to access their timber areas. The Hus-Ski was unique with the articulating design that separated the tractor from the attached sleigh. The Canadians called the sleigh a “ski seater”. The legal work for the patent was done by a lawyer named John Turner, who later became one of Canada’s Prime Ministers. Early models were the 200 and the 400. The 200 was powered by a 148cc JLO and the 400 by a 247cc JLO engine. The McQuat brothers sold the company within a year to Johnson Wire Works who kept the Hus-Ski name, but moved the production to Pointe Claire, Quebec. In 1964 it was sold to FMC to be built as a Bolens, Diablo Rouge, until 1969.

1964 Trailmaker 1964 Trailmaker
The Abe Matthews Company of Hibbing, MN produced snow machines from 1962 through 1964. Culvert pipe was used to form the skis and the track rides on pneumatic tires. The company was bought out by the Boatel Company in 1965 and production continued through 1968. Trailmakers were powered by Kohler 8-13hp engines. Available options were, a snowplow, ice auger, and a wheel kit. Donated to the Museum by: Glen Darrow Bridgeport, MI

1965 Allis Chalmers Prototype 1965 Allis Chalmers Prototype
On the Allis Chalmers, It was built in 1965, one of three prototypes, two identical with the LLoyd OHV 4 stroke, 4 speed with reverse, the third one was built with a small cc 2 cycle engine and "didn't have enough power to pull itself." Allis was thinking about the work/utility sled market, not a sport machine. All of the mechanical components came off the assembly line, from various farm equipments, and the sleds were built during "down time". After testing, it was decided that the sleds were not practical and they were put in a disposal/scrap area. The gentleman I acquired it from and another employee from the Copper Country "rescued " both of the 4 cycle sleds from the scrap. The third sled was definitely scrapped out. The sleds were hauled to the U.P., one to Copper Country and the other one to his father's farm in Iron River, Mich. The Copper Country sled was used for a short time, then junked, with the engine/trans given to the Iron River sled owner. I was buying hay from the farm around 10 years ago, and the owner told me about the sled while my crew was loading hay. At the time, I was not into vintage sleds but I never forgot about it. I returned 2 years ago to find the owner suffering from Alzheimers, but still lucid on some days. He and his lovely wife agreed with me that it should be placed in a museum, so I was able to purchase the Allis on that condition! I also have the engine out of the scrapped sled from Copper Country. I did contact Allis Chalmers for possible history on the sled, but was told that "We are a forward-thinking company and do not dwell on the past.", so I was unable to get official documentation.

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