Dan Guisinger's 69' Skee Horse Resto
Posted 03/30/17 at 10:07 PM

Our latest member Dan Guisinger is finishing up his restoration of a 1969 Johnson Skee Horse. We can't wait to see this beauty on the snow! Stay tuned...





Welcome Dan!


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Craig is Getting His Diablo Ready for the WAAAM
Posted 07/02/15 at 01:55 PM

Updated 7-16-2015

Craig finished the cart for the trailer of his Diablo Rouge.  It looks like it is moving just sitting there!


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1970 Sno Pony Colt
Posted 06/30/15 at 02:17 PM

Posted July 31, 2011115

The WAAAM is next weekend, so I best be getting it done.

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1967 Diablo Rouge by Craig Poppe
Posted 01/02/15 at 10:32 AM

Our newest member Craig finished working on the Bolens Diablo Rouge for the Fish Lake ride on January 17.  

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The Shrew Restored by Ed Buckner
Posted 12/26/14 at 11:05 PM

I found this Shrew at the Washington State Expo in Puyallup this fall.  

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1972 Skiroule RT340 Repairs
Posted 09/14/14 at 09:13 PM

Posted 5/22/2015


I finished the sled today.  Of course it gave me trouble by stop running when I was moving it on the trailer.  I found a dirty set of points.  Easy fix.  Some sandpaper, cleaner and lube then once again it is running like new.  It will be at the shows this summer, and out riding next winter with the great snow we are going to have next year; RIGHT!?

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1981 Ski-doo Citation Ready for Winter!
Posted 09/07/14 at 04:24 PM

I bought this sled from Howard Briggs last winter.  I need a reliable snowmobile for longer vintage rides.  A prior owner ran it into something, bending the tunnel and cracking the hood.  There were seat issues, it was dirty, and leaked 2-stroke oil.

I found a bad hose for the leak.  After replacing the hose, I bleed the system.  Works good now.  For the seat I took it off to replace the rotten wood.  While I had the seat off I cut off the funky trailer hitch that broke the tail light lens.  I then modified the hitch so it rides better on the rear bumper.  The seat cover had a crack and hole.  I fixed those with a vinyl repair kit after I got it back together. 

The tail light, and brake lights did not work.  I found the brake light was out of adjustment, and the tail light wiring was installed wrong.  It has electric start, so I installed a new battery, negitive cable, and battery hold down.  The starter works goo, but it is a bit noisy.  Maybe normal?  I will let the Ski-doo guys decide that.  

The hood was cracked from being punched into the nose.  I tried to find a new one on the internet and during my trip to Minnesotat this July.  Nothing.  I tried to repair it first with a polycarbonate glue, but it did not hold.  So I plastic welded it on the bottom and top.  I then sanded the high spots, and filled in the low areas with the glue.  I had trouble the glue because is thin when it comes out of the tube.  Then after it hardens it shrinks.  I could not it to completely fill in the crack.  Next time I will use a two part epoxy.  That will fix it. 

I roughed up the area for paint, then primed the plastic with a plastic prep.  I sprayed 4-coats of auto paint, then buffed. Finally, I installed new hood decals I bought from Ski-doo  Looks nice now.

I pounded out the tunnel.  It nlow opens and close as it should.  I found a new throttle handle, but it was not the right one.  I managed to fix the one I had by plastic welding some material for the screws to fit, and replaced the trim.  I also got rid of the goofy red grip.  I had a grip left over from a John Deere that was the same as Ski-doo.  The only difference is the logo at the end.  No biggie.  It was just lying around. Mechanically it starts and runs great! Now I have another sled ready for the winter season. 

Here are some pictures.  You can get all of them from my Photo Bucket site by clicking this link:


This is the hood as I got it from Howard.  Ugly crack!

The seat wood was rotted, and staples let go.  Also there was this weird trailer hitch.  It was hitting the tail light and broke it

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1969 Boatel Ski Bird 15
Posted 06/27/14 at 11:44 AM

It is hard to find a Ski-Bird.  But it is very hard to find one with a good 15" track.  It took a while, but I  found this 1969 'Ski-Bird 15' in great shape.  It was sitting since 1972, and last registered in Utah.  I bought it in Yakima, WA from a fellow who got it for back rent on one of his storage units.  He let it sit another 15-years at his business until I brought it home.   

I first thought to show it as an 'Original Survivor Class', but in the end I could not resist restoring it back to original.  Over the years the hood had yellowed, and paint faded into several different shades.  

Still it was in excellent condition, and an easy restoration.  The fuel tank had no rust, and the funky fuel cleaned out easily with lacquer thinner. Chrome was in new condition.  A great find.

I plan to ride it some but mostly have it in my collection of 'Birds' and the Grand Prix.  Boatels are funky old sleds that did not make it big in the snowmobiling world.  But they are unique and fun to get back on the snow.


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1983 John Deere Trailfire LX
Posted 05/29/14 at 02:40 PM

I've decided it's time to start this project. When I picked up the Trailfire and Liquifire, I intended to wait until summer to start the restoration process. But every time I walk by them in the shop I get to thinking.... plotting..... planning......dreaming...

So let's get the party started!


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