Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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1950's Airsled (Homemade) 1950's Airsled (Homemade)

1950's Flexible Flyer 1950's Flexible Flyer

1950's Flexible Flyer 1950's Flexible Flyer

1956 Tucker Sno Kitten 1956 Tucker Sno Kitten
This smaller version of the Tucker Sno-Cat groomer has a 4 cylinder English Ford motor. Only 210 were made. The Tucker Sno-Cat company is still in operation today, making orange groomers, in Medford, Oregon. “No snow too deep. No road too steep”

1957 Polaris  Sno-Traveler   Model C-10 1957 Polaris Sno-Traveler Model C-10
In 1956 Polaris built their first snowmobile. The original design concept was a steel boat hull cab made to plow or float through the snow. The full length wooden skis were for floatation. The rear winch system was used to raise the track and chassis when stuck in deep snow. This design was their mainstay until 1964-1965 with the introduction of the Comet and then the Mustang. This model utilized a 9.6hp Clinton motor. This sled was purchased by RJ Beech from the Earl brothers in Blaney, MI in 1957. He used it for 4 or 5 years to go from the Toonerville Trolley to check the boats that go to the Tahquamenon Falls. He sold it to Kenny Clare in 1962 or 1963. Kenny used it for one year and parked it on a snowbank and sold it to the current owner, Paul Williams of Engadine, MI for $75 in 1965.

1958 Sno-Bi-Kin 1958 Sno-Bi-Kin
In 1958, Harold Neitzke of Wausau, Wisconsin decided to build a snowmobile. Harold was an avid fox hunter and wanted to build a lightweight snowmobile that would allow him to cover more ground and also be able to be lifted over fences. By 1960 he had built two machines using bicycle frames and through the use of these two machines made many refinements. This particular model utilizes a 5hp Lauson motor. Seven were made using 5hp Tecumseh motors and the last three were built using 8hp Kohler engines. Seven machines were sold to the Wisconsin DNR for use by game wardens. Mr. Neitzke’s design influence can be seen in other snowmobile manufacturers, such as Bear Cat and Fox Trac.

1959 Boggona Super 1959 Boggona Super
This machine is the prototype for the ones made in the early 60’s in St. Boniface, Manitoba by General Machine & Welding Ltd. There were 2 models and the Super was the larger, more suited for commercial use. The lighter model, the Pony, appealed to both the utility and sports markets. Described as “economical and dependable” winter transportation, it was constructed of unitized tubular and sheet steel. The body and skis were spring suspended. Both models seated 2 adults and had high towing capacity. This machine weighs 465 lbs and has a Wisconsin air-cooled, 4 cyl. 9.2hp engine. The story is told that Dave Johnson (Polaris) threatened to sue Ove, the builder, for infringing on 4 Polaris patents. That is when he stopped building this model type and designed a smaller version, but never produced them. Owner: Valdi Stefanson Stacy, MN

1959 Simko Power Sled 1959 Simko Power Sled
The Simko Power Sleds were made in Ecorse, MI by the Simko Products Company. These machines could be purchased completely assembled or in kit form with a set of blue prints to finish assembly. This is a model MB-42, 2 passenger machine and could be assembled with up to a 15hp motor for the race enthusiast. Speeds up to 60 mph were claimed from the go-cart on runners. Models offered were: MB-31 Single passenger MB-32 4ft to 7ft long – optional MB-42 Two passenger The Simko Power Sleds were featured in Popular Mechanics, January, 1966.

1960 Autoboggan  W-9E 1960 Autoboggan W-9E
In 1956 Harry C. Paul, a Canadian businessman from Saskatchewan, attended the trapper’s festival at The Pas, Manitoba with a snowmobile that he invented. At the festival he met David Johnson and Edgar Hetteen of Polaris Industries in Roseau, MN. As a result of this meeting, it was agreed that Polaris Industries would build snowmobiles and HarrEy Paul would sell the in Canada under the “Autoboggan”. Most of the Autoboggan machines were identical to the Polaris models in design, but they were painted Harvest Gold rather than the pale blue of the early Polaris models. Production of the Autoboggan began in the 56-57 season and continued until 1966, when production was discontinued. It is estimated that somewhere over 1000 machines were manufactured over the 10 year production span. This particular W-9E has a 9hp Wisconsin motor with electric start.

1960 Bosak Power Toboggan 1960 Bosak Power Toboggan
In 1947, Mike Bosak, a farmer and cabinet maker from the Beausejour, Manitoba area, started work on a motorized toboggan. In 1948, he leaped onto his contraption and flew down the trail for 150 feet before it broke down. Back to the barn he went. By the winter of 1948-49, the Bosak Power Toboggan was successful and in ensuing years he built around 50 machines a year. This unit is powered by a 9hp Briggs & Stratton engine and uses a GM transmission. The track is engaged by pushing a pedal to move the entre engine assembly to shift gears and engage the drive belt. Engadine, MI

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