Dufrane Distributors were in the snowmobile business starting in 1963 as the original Moto-Ski distributor.
( see Moto Ski history page & Moto Ski race page )
1970 (mid-year) Dauphin Industries told Al Dufrane that they would build
a sled with his name on it.
were not hi-tech but they were tough and handled very well. They
came in 246cc, 292cc Hirth singles and
In mid 1971 Dauphin fell on hard times and the body dies and fixtures, the ski press and belly pan press was bought by DMD at Dauphin's bankruptcy auction. They also bought Ski-Pony as they used many Dauphin parts.
1972 models (manufactured by Dauphin) ( SEE
PAGES ) had a new rubber track and JLO engines -
were powered by all new high performance Hirth engines.
I SPOKE TO GEORGE
DUFRANE JR AND HE TOLD ME THAT SOME
courtesy of Mrs. Lynn Rockhill
The 440's had
dual carbs (Walbro WD's) and it woke them up too. (My dad's sled
The sleds had
St. Laurence hi-rev clutches with 5000 rpm engagement and
PS The "1973 Sno
Chief 650 is up over at the machine shop at Malone Auto Parts.
This is the 1973
SNO CHIEF 650 CC.
was discontinued in 1976 as the sled business was rapidly fading.
My dad said if they would have had the '73 - up sleds 3 years earlier they could have sold in impressive numbers.
Dufrane Distributors is now and has been in the NAPA AutoParts Business since 1970.
dad and I started George's Body Shop and used cars in 1977 after the snowmobiles
Here is a picture of one of the tincab Moto-Skis we had.
This all started it all for DMD. One of our first 13
or so 1964 Moto Ski's - Serial number # 39464
(storeroom at NAPA Malone Auto Parts, Malone, NY 12953).
Photo courtesy of Mrs. Harriet Dufrane.
I'd like to thanks my dad, George Dufrane Sr. for his invaluable help and hard work for working with the Moto Ski people to make it what is was. At the time, he enjoyed it very much. As you can see by the business card, we are now...
is now 73 years old and still kicking but not as high or as often.
photos are courtesy of Mrs. Harriet Dufrane wife of the late Al Dufrane.
She still resides at her home located in the small hamlet of Constable
only five miles south of the Canadian boarder.
would like to thank George Dufrane Jr. for creating and sending me a wonderful
selection of pictures and the history that goes behind the scenes
at Moto Ski, Sno Chief and Dufrane Motor Distributors.
Thanks also to George Dufrane Sr. and all of those who contributed valuable information.
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