Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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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.

1965 Moto Ski 1965 Moto Ski
The Moto Skis were built in La Pocatiere, Quebec by Jean Yves Belanger and Raoul Pelletier, and manufactured by Industries Bouchard, Inc. beginning in 1963. This Model 100 has a 247 JLO, 9hp motor and a short track. 2365 were produced – 2130 to Canada and 235 to the United States. In mid-year of 1965, the factory is said to have renamed the Model 100J short track and 200H long track to Capri and Zephyr The Moto Ski name was the result of a contest at a local school to name the sled.

1965 Polaris  Lil’ Andy 1965 Polaris Lil’ Andy
One of the early Polaris sleds with a fiberglass hood was the Lil’ Andy, which was built only for the 1965 season. The Lil’ Andy ran well and showed Polaris that a small sled was worth developing. The Lil’ Andy was the creation of Polaris engineer Andy Wells, for whom it was named. The sled took the idea of building a small and sporty snowmobile to its minimalist extreme – and it worked. The displayed design blueprint has been autographed by Mr. Wells. The Lil’ Andy was powered by either a 6hp Lauson or an 8hp JLO engine. The overall weight of the machine was 250#. The Li’ Andy was a successful initial venture into what was a truly compact snowmobile. The sled was in the lineup just one year and was succeeded by the Colt, which was more refined in design and size. Owner: Fred Edgerton

1965 Polaris Mustang 1965 Polaris Mustang
This machine is the Model J-90-H, which has a 244cc, 9.2hp JLO motor. The 1965 front engine Mustang is credited with saving the snowmobile fortunes of Polaris after the disastrous debut of their original front engine Comet in 1964. The 1964 Comets were basically all recalled due to their poor performance. The 1965 Mustangs performed very well, were light, nimble, and most important, they were reliable. Originally, the 1965 Mustangs were offered with a hand actuated brake and a round cylinder shaped gas tank mounted directly behind the engine. Before the end of the model year the brake evolved to a brake lever mounted on the handlebars and the gas tank was built into a rear storage compartment located on the back of the chassis.

1965 Polaris Sno Traveler Pacer 1965 Polaris Sno Traveler Pacer
Polaris began making snowmobiles in 1954 in Roseau, MN. This Pacer model could be purchased with either an 8hp or 10hp engine. This sled has the 8hp engine. Rear engine snowmobiles were used in this area for commercial ice fishing and trapping. This snowmobile has been donated to the Museum by the Jed Hemmings family from the Traverse City area.

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