Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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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 Ė 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  Lilí Andy 1965 Polaris Lilí Andy
One of the early Polaris sleds with a fiberglass hood was the Lilí Andy, which was built only for the 1965 season. The Lilí Andy ran well and showed Polaris that a small sled was worth developing. The Lilí 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 Ė and it worked. The displayed design blueprint has been autographed by Mr. Wells. The Lilí Andy was powered by either a 6hp Lauson or an 8hp JLO engine. The overall weight of the machine was 250#. The Lií 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.

1966 Fox Trac  412C 1966 Fox Trac 412C
Mr. Fred P. (Fox) and his son, Stanley, organized Fox Body Corporation in Jaynesville, WI in 1946. The firm manufactured truck bodies and other products. In 1963 they introduced the Fox Trac snowmobile, which grew to be the firmís principal product through 1973. The firm was also well-known for its production of mini-bikes. In 1969, Fox Corp. agreed to merge with Beaver Creek Industries and became the Fox Division of Beaver Creek Industries. The 412C model is considered a medium width rear engine machine. The 12 in 412 stands for a 12hp Kohler engine. The machine has a reverse transmission and a hand operated disc brake. The track system is unique in that the track has nylon wear blocks mounted on the track that follow a tubular track guide system.

1966 Sno Jet 1966 Sno Jet
Paul-Emile Roy built his first snowmobile in 1964. Les Industries Fibre de Verre Thetford, Inc. of Thetford-Mines, Quebec, Canada was building boats and went into the snowmobile business by selling 25 machines in 1966. By 1968 almost 5,500 had been sold and the company was sold to the Glastron Boat Division of Conroy Industries. Sno Jet was a very popular brand and continued to expand. In 1977, Kawasaki took over Sno Jet and produced the Kawasaki Sno Jet for one year before entering the snowmobile business with their own brand. These 1977 machines were actually manufactured by Arctic Enterprises.

1966 Sno Scoot 1966 Sno Scoot

1966 Wards Riverside 1966 Wards Riverside

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