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DECEMBER 24 - 2005

SNOWBUG

Hi David - Here is a back view of my two Mini Snowbugs. 

The one on the left is a 1964 and the one on the right is a 1962-63, my first Snowbug. 

They both have Hirth engines. The belt on the one on the right is tiny. Salsbury clutch. This model has no brake. 

The Mini on the left has a brake. All Snowbugs came with a 26" wide track of various lengths. 

Some had continuous grousers (early models), later had half cut in the middle of the track. Early models had magnesium drive sprockets of five, then six tooth. 

In around 1968 they switched to a rubber six tooth drive sprocket. All Snowbugs had sliders for the track. 

Starting in 1972 all Snowbugs were equiped with spring loaded sliders. 

Another model was the Luvbug with a 34" track, side by side seating. Another model made was called the Snowpacker with three tracks in 1961-62. 

Later two 26" tracks side by side were on the Snowpacker mostly found on some ski hills or work crews of 
various jobs. 

Snowbugs were also available in fibreglass from the early sixties through the early seventies, but they were damaged easily.

The motors used in Snowbugs were many. One had a pair of chainsaw motors in it; a VW bettle motor; 
Westbend Power Bee 6 hp; Westbend 8hp; Villiers 9e and Villiers 2l; Hirth 9hp, 10hp, and 12.5hp; 
Sachs 277cc, 293cc, 336cc, 340 twin; and Kohler 295 twin. 

Many variations of the body and ski shaft were used over the years of production. 

Anytime I hear of one, I want to see it. Oh well, I guess I have the bug for these old machines. 

Martin Saranpaa.
Thunder Bay, Ontario

THANKS MARTIN FOR THE GREAT PICTURES!


 
 

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