So RDOG, are you telling folks that you had/have a REAL Tote-Goat....? When I think of being 63 and having no suspension, I fear I will have a stroke. All kidding aside, did you ever have or ride one? I suspect you could gear anything to power threw 'anything'. To move to some middle ground. If you answered Yes to either of the two questions I asked, 'how was the ride'?
I have since my youth (Boat show 60's) been intriqued with go-anywhere vehicles. Given my age, the cost of a jeep was out of the question, but Tote-Goats, Rokons and Coots kept me hoping.
Do you have any personal experience with the Tote-Goat that you can share with us? Take care BUDDY.............. Gerry
Hey Ronnydog, I came pretty close. From time to time I visit a fellow that I met a few years ago. He was kind of a scruffy biker dude a few years my junior. He was an employee at the hardware store I seem to visit twice a day. Unfortunately he was in a motorcycle accident and days after that he had a stroke. Now he's in a home and pretty much bed ridden. Anyway, on my last visit as I drove up the street to the home, there was a fellow in a wheelchair sitting on the side of the road watching a tractor rotor-till the field next to the road. My visit with Ray, is generally short cause I can't understand most of what he is trying to say. When walking to my truck I noticed the fellow in the wheelchair was still there. Since I had some pictures of TW adventures I was showing Ray, I asked this old wheelchair bound fellow if he would like to see them. He seem pretty interested and as well recognized some of the areas. He mentioned that when he was a 'young fella' he use to ride his old Harley 45 all through the hills. Seems he made a sidecar that was not much more than a box. This held all his gear and it was not uncommon for him to camp for days at a time. He mentioned as well that he had a Baja Bug, and a couple of old Scouts over the years. We had a nice visit and I suggested I would look for him the next time I visited Ray.
Well, today seemed to be a good time to see how these guys were doing, and I had some 'flash cards' that I made for Ray to help him communicate (I hope). Given that the older fellow was such an outdoorsy guy I decided to print a picture of the Pac-Jac to show him. Boy did his eyes light-up. He said he had in fact owned one.. He had it for eight months, it cost him $1300 back in 1974. Seems his son borrowed it and stored it at a friends place as he (the son) had to drive to San Diego. Bill said the Pac-Jac was stolen while stored his sons friends house.
Bill said that rig could climb a wall but rode as rough as a tractor. As the time frame was the early 70's, after the Pac Jac, he got a Honda Trail 90 and installed a small aftermarket side car. As odd as it seems, I can remember on a few occasions seeing and older couple riding through Chico's famed Bidwell Park on a Red Honda trail 90 w/sidecar some thirty years ago. When I mentioned that, he said yup, the wife and I spent lots of time riding in the park. I'll keep looking... Gerry