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1968 MARSHALL WELLS BLACK HAWK.

THIS SLED IS CURRENTLY FOR SALE ON EBAY.

Ebay # 330533289257.

1968 Marshall Wells Black Hawk

You are bidding on a 1968 Marshall Wells Black Hawk snowmobile, serial number 68-1005, with a 292cc single cylinder JLO motor. I believe this snowmobile is based on the 1967 Larson Hawk. This snow machine was purchased new by the Marshall Wells hardware store dealer in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, for his personal use. I remember this snowmobile from new, as our family and the owner's family were friends and we went snowmobiling together in the late 1960's and early 1970's. I purchased this snowmobile from the original owner in 1998. This snowmobile has been in inside storage since it was new. It is in 95% original, unrestored condition. The snowmobile is almost complete. The windshield, and original gas cap are missing, and there is no rubber flap on the rear of the machine. The original key is missing. I have replaced the original ignition switch with a new generic keyed ignition switch. It operates the opposite to what would be considered normal: OFF is to the right, ON is to the left, because to the left breaks the connection, and to the right makes the connection to ground to stop the motor. The original switch is included with the sled. When I bought the snowmobile, I put a carb kit in the Tillotson carburetor, and was able to start it with no problem. The compression on the motor is 140 psi. Other than being started in 1998 when I got it, and being driven about 1/2 mile this February 13, 2011, when most of these picture were taken, I believe this snowmobile has not been used since 1974, as indicated by the 1974 license plate on the back of the back rest. I also replaced the spark plug boot, as the original was cracked and broken. The choke was not hooked up when I got the sled. I made a simple "L" bracket to mount the end of the choke control. I didn't drill any holes in the original bracket on the carb to do this, as there was already a hole there. I am not sure if the pipe from the motor to the muffler is original or not, or if it has been repaired or replaced in the past. This snowmobile is in good condition, considering it is 43 years old. The main vinyl seat is in good condition with no rips or tears. The backrest has a nick out of the piping along the top edge. 3 of the screws that hold the backrest in place are not original, and I replaced the two screws that hold the license plate in place. At some time in the past, the original owner had a reinforcing flatbar placed behind the chrome front bumper. It is tack welded in place in a couple of spots. The track has cracks in it. It is in poor to fair condition. The hood is in good condition. I did put in 4 new rivets that hold the aluminum trim to the bottom edge of the hood. The original rivets were simply missing and appeared to have just fallen out. There are scratches in the hood from use. The right and left front corners of the lower orange fiberglass panel have some minor damage from where the hood fits on, and there are scratches on the surface of the side panels. The handlebars have some left and right play in them. The chrome handlebar tube and a lower tube fit over a solid steering shaft, above and below a support, and the holes in the tubes are worn oblong where the bolts go thru both the tube and solid shaft. The holes in the solid shaft are ok. I did put a new bolt through the upper tube and shaft. The rest of the steering linkage is ok. There is minor surface rust on the chrome trim as can be seen in the photos, and surface rust on the steel framework, the skis and springs. The headlights and tail light work. There is no brake light, as there is no brake light switch, and there is just a single wire to the tail light. The brake could use some attention, as it does not work as well as it could. The thin black plastic that makes up the dash has some large cracks in it. I have two 

NOS Black Hawk decals that go with the snowmobile. We do not have titles for snowmobiles in Canada. However, you could consider the title to be free and clear and in my name if we did have titles. This sled will be sold with a bill of sale.

This sled in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada.


 
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