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1965 Johnson Skee Horse

1965 Johnson Skee Horse

1965 Johnson Skee Horse: Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC), Waukegan, IL, joined the snowmobile ranks in 1965 with near identical Johnson and Evinrude models and manufactured snowmobiles through 1976. In 1966 the Snow Cruiser became the Canadian OMC entry in the market.
The 1966 Johnson Skee-Horse has an opposed twin cylinder lay down design with a single coil and 14hp motor.
The transmission system has the ability to be disengaged when starting the machine. It also has leaf springs, a "neutral" pull-out switch and hand and parking brakes.
The original skis were formed with twin grooves to act as steering keels. These soon wore through and were replaced with a single keel type ski with replaceable wear bars.

On Sept 20, 2019, The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum was awarded a grant of $12,500 for Operational Support from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA – ART WORKS). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding. The grant requires a 1:1 match and helped the museum leverage the $12,500 of support from its annual income and the many donations from supporters. In particular the museum has received grants from the Graymont Community Economic Development Fund and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It has also received significant donations from the Antique Snowmobile Club of America, The Midwest Vintage Snowmobile Shows, Inc., many snowmobile clubs, several recreational and snowmobile shows, the museum’s internal $1,000.00 Challenge, and many museum members. The grant funds will be applied to museum operating costs. Applicable costs include internal operations, marketing, travel to shows within the State of Michigan and cost of employees. The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant applicant to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences. A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website at
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