1950's Flexible Flyer: The "Flexible Flyer Airline Cruiser No. 65" sled was made from 1935-1949. It has a 65" length, 16" width, 8" high & weighs 24 pounds. It retailed for $8.95. It was made by the S.L. Allen Co., Inc. in Philadelphia, PA.
The rest of this "Ice Sled" seems to be something concocted probably in the back of a farmers barn with parts that were kicking around. It is made to hold 2 people. The seat reminds me of a boat seat.
It is a 2 cycle engine that is 3-4 hp made by L -M Manufacturing in Coatesville, PA. This company also manufactured chain saws and small tractors. By the looks of the engine, we assume this was built in the late 1950's or early 1960's.
A Desoto steering wheel is attached to the front of the sled which moves the runners and a skate that is added underneath the front. The Fred Flintstone style brakes consist of two bent pry bars that "grab" the ice when the handle is lifted.
The drive mechanism is a belt drive through a centrifugal clutch to a jackshaft and then a chain drive goes to the drive wheel. The drive wheel is mounted on a spring loaded swing arm so it always has down pressure on the ice.
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