1936 Westendorf: Fred Westendorf built this machine in 1936 to go ice fishing with on the Saginaw River in Zilwaukee, MI. It is the only one built. Fred was a machinist at Wicks Machinery in Saginaw, MI.
Several of the features included retractable foot pegs. This made it possible for Fred to slide it into his Model A Ford. The rear drive wheel is spring loaded in the up position. When pressure is applied to the foot pegs, it moves the wheel on the back down, making contact with the ice or hard-packed snow. The rear skis were widened for more flotation. The front ski was moved forward for better steering. The 1.5hp Briggs & Stratton engine was not powerful enough, so he bored it out to give it a little more power. This machine was purchased from Fred at an auction by Dan Boyse's dad. He took it to a show where it received the nickname of the "Pizza Oven". Fred also built small steam engines and an operating tabletop sawmill.
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