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Fred,

Given today's all inclusive climate I am self identifying as a Texan and therefore offended by the idea of winter this year. I hope mother nature is a leftist wack job and honors my wishes to remain warm this coming "second summer" here in NY.


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Happy Second Summer Tom. Maybe get a little simple boating in before Old Man Winter arrives.
 

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Fred, as I live and breath, have you been to my house!

Someone is spying on the idea's I stole from mrgizmo!

A winter time project is in the works. It will be a version of the Timbersled call the "Admiralsled". Hope it works!:p
 

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Excellent plan Admiral! I always wondered how Mr.Gizmo's ski attachment worked out; maybe he has some tips for you since he is further up on the learning curve. Soon you and Georgie can get the mail year round with chains and a front ski. However nothing short of another 30hp will make our TWs into true back-country snow bikes capable of turning a track at speed though.
 

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Yep, I'll have to stick to chains on the rear. The timbersleds track technology is way above what I want to tackle on the project. Brain storming, one thought was to mount ski to tire like mrgizmo so I could take it off if I ran into a dry stretch. The other thought so far is to mount the ski to the forks like they do on the timbersled via some kind of homemade ski to fork adapter.

As you mention, the lack of hp will keep this machine in the "less than 1 foot of snow" catagory!:D
 

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Where did you get those things and what were they originally and what on?
 

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Where did you get those things and what were they originally and what on?
If you're addressing me littletommy, I got those snowmobile skis off and old Scorpion snowmobile 2 weekends ago. A family friend offered us some scrap metal to turn in for our daughter's FFA National Convention trip to Louisville, KY if we picked it up and hauled it off. I spotted the skis right off the bat and knew those weren't making it to the scrap yard. I also have kept a sled which resembles a dog mushing sled. Has side racks and everything. Will work great when hauling the garbage up to the dumpster. I'm also planning on adding wheels to the sled for summer use around the place. The sled won't be used like the Ronnydog trailer unless it's needed to bring out big game in the snow.
 

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All I can say is I am really excited to see your winter video's Admiral!!! This should be interesting...I wish you great success bro!!
 

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Would a person want to 1) use both skis for max floatation and ability to roll tire on top of & between skis
or 2) use one ski a la Mr.Gizmo or Timbersled for simplicity and ability to lean and carve?

I imagine 1 ski would really want to fall into and follow any pre-existing track.
 

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I was unsuccessfull looking for "Gerry's Skis" in the old posts to recall his design. Don't think this was Mr.Gizmo's though. hyanide_main_485.jpg
His front ski kept the wheel but he also used these front chains I think:
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...and of course you Admiral have experimented with several rear chains: StraponTireChains.png
...and studs of course can work.
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Gerry , how'd that front ski work out? Post pic(s) again?
 

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As odd ideas go, it worked better than expected. It was a one time experiment. As the ski was about 3/4" thick, the blunt (L) sides and back made it very hard to turn when not moving forward or back-up when I got in a tight spot. The ski did mud and small rocks just fine. I think with some additional modding even a smaller ski would make deeper snow much easier to deal with. Have fun and be careful. Gerry
 

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Would a person want to 1) use both skis for max floatation and ability to roll tire on top of & between skis
or 2) use one ski a la Mr.Gizmo or Timbersled for simplicity and ability to lean and carve?

I imagine 1 ski would really want to fall into and follow any pre-existing track.
I vote option 1 Mad Max style...

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but I'd imagine the skis would have to be lower to actually serve any purpose.
 

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As odd ideas go, it worked better than expected. It was a one time experiment. As the ski was about 3/4" thick, the blunt (L) sides and back made it very hard to turn when not moving forward or back-up when I got in a tight spot. The ski did mud and small rocks just fine. I think with some additional modding even a smaller ski would make deeper snow much easier to deal with. Have fun and be careful. Gerry
Gerry, you are a true pioneer in the TW mods for sure! I would have not ever thought of this mod had I not seen your pictures previously. :icon_thumright: The snowmobile ski I'm gonna try has the ridge in the middle bottom of the ski to help with turning and is bolted or screwed on so I think it could be replaced, though I'm sure there are not any available parts for a ski this old.
 

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I vote option 1 Mad Max style...

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but I'd imagine the skis would have to be lower to actually serve any purpose.
Interesting design for the ski attachment causing me to have another brainstorming session!:D

And the sled in the last picture is very close to what mine looks like. I'll have to take a picture and post it. I do know the grandkids are gonna love the sled when I pull it behind the ATV or TW. Better than the last sled I had.
 

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I expect that by Jan. the average temp will drop another 5 degrees or so. It has already dropped 5 degrees from mid summer. But the coldest month here will be March.
It will be so cold I will probably not need my fan.
 
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