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Old 01-22-2009, 09:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Evinrude and Johnson Snowmobiles

Hellow, all. I have about 250 Evinrude and Johnson Snowmobiles, and, I was just wondering if there are any other fans or collectors of these machines, out there? I collect them, and keep them, I don't sell them. I have been doing this, since I was little. My first machine was a 1968 Evinrude Skeeter, that was bought brand new, from my dad, I rode that thing, it seems like forever. I just didn't like the fact that it didn't have electric start, or reverse, or a wide track, on it. But, never the less, I still have it, and, it still runs, yet, today. The first machine I bought was a 1968 Johnson Skee-Horse Wide Trac 20. I paid $ 20.00 for it!!! Really!!!. The front shaft that pulls the track, with the aluminum wheels, was broken, but it did run well. It had electric start, wide trac, reverse, on it. So, I did some research, and found out that the 1968 models had a hollow shaft, while, starting in 1970, this shaft was solid. So, I took the wheels from the old shaft, and replaced them with the ones that were on the 1970. Then I reinstalled the shaft in the 1968, and, everything fit prorerly. And, the shaft never broke, again. There was a O.M.C dealer ot too far from me,m and I asked him about the hollow shafts, and, he told me that they had trouble with them, espically, on the wide Trac models. Wider track, put more pressure on the shaft, making it easier to break. So, in late 1969, they decided to change to the solid shaft, instead. Some of my other machines include a 1967 Evinrude Skeeter, bought brand new, from my uncle. Most all the other machines came from private owners. My newest machine is a 1976 Evinrude Skimmer 440S. I would like to hear from any other O.M.C snowmobile owners. Thank you.
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Welcome to the forum.

I had two Johnson's back in the early '80s, a '74 JX 400 and a '76 SR 440. Here's a pick from VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE BROCHURES - ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL FIND OVER 400 VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE BROCHURES POSTED..
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Welcome to the forum.

I had two Johnson's back in the early '80s, a '74 JX 400 and a '76 SR 440. Here's a pick from VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE BROCHURES - ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL FIND OVER 400 VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE BROCHURES POSTED..
Thats a pretty machine, I'd have one of those...
I've decided one of my next sleds needs to be a horizontally opposed OMC. I don't care which but I think they're very cool.
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only 249 fewer sleds...

OMC, I have recently picked up a 1970 Skee Horse 437 Wide track in pretty good shape but hadn't run in over 20 years. A little work on clean up, sealing the fuel tank and rebuilding the carb and she's running.

Pretty unique sled...Just found out that its the only Johnson snowmobile registered in the state of New York!

I'd like to know from you how and where you find parts? I need a few items but am having a tough time finding anything.
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:10 AM   #8 (permalink)
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any one lookin for johnson evenrude parts i hav a 1970 johnson wide track with electric start and reverse currently has no spark due to a body ground if u need parts or want the whole sled just give me a call at 989 433 6267 and ask for justin
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Is it a 25 or a 30hp? What state are you in?
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I am currently doing a quick restore on a 1971 Evinrude Bobcat SS 437. Mostly touch-up stuff. Fuel lines, brake pads, carb clean, plugs. I am also going to install 2" ski spreaders to stable the ride a little bit.I plan to ride it in a "Jalopy Ride" from Twin Lakes to Slades Corners in southeast wisconsin on feb 7th. It is in very good original condition, I paid $50.00 for it 7 1/2 years ago, and it has been sitting in storage since. The biggest work it needs is replacing the seat. I also own a 1973 Norseman, which was readied for summer storage in about 1996, and has been stored (outside tarped) ever since. I bought it the same year as the Bobcat, also for $50.00. It has not been run since '96. Other sleds I own are 1979 Yamaha Enticer, 1980 Yamaha Exciter (parts sled), 2- 1980 Yamaha SRX, 1987 Yamaha Exciter and 2- 1993 Yamaha Exciter II. I see you are also in wisconsin, where? I would like to check out your collection sometime. Do you know where I can get a service manual for the '71 Bobcat SS? I don't know all there is to know about setting the carb, and could use help with that.
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I've got a 73 Evinrude 35 horse Wankle snowmobile. It has roughly 800 miles on it. It is a wonderful sled to ride when it is running (although VERY heavy), but parts are hard to find. Particularly the spark plugs. Champion custom made spark plugs for these snowmobiles and then later discontinued them! I hear of guys that only have one spark plug for their machine, and they make it last for years!
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well i hav some brand new spark plugs in my motor but the are suzuki ngk
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The plug length is the issue, most new plugs are 12mm in length and the rotary engine requires a 10mm long plug.
People are making due by using a spacer to avoid having the tip protrude into the chamber and destroying the wipers.
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:08 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, just joined up. I have a 1970 or 71, not sure yet Evinrude skeeter with the elec. start, reverse and 20" track. Got it for ice fishing on saginaw bay here in Bay City,mi. I'm looking at its twin, and may purchase it in near future. Can anyone tell me if there's any problems these sleds are know for. Used to have a 1974 johnson rotary 45, wish I still did. That was a great sled, but was worried about the rotary motor going out.
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I have an Evinrude Rotary 45 that I have completely restored. I run it in shows and vintage rides as often as I can. It just turned over 1000 miles and is one of the best running sleds I have ever owned. Originally I took a D9EA NGK plug and cut it to the correct length. Believe it or not, I ran it with that plug for the first 5 years that I had the sled. Over the years, I have managed to find 5 correct spark plugs for it. I put one of those in it and haven`t had to change it yet.
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I heard after so many miles (maybe around 1500, can't remember) that there is something on the carb that goes and breaks off, gets sucked into the engine and will completely ruin it. Might want to check, I think it can be changed before it happens.
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I`ve heard that too, I believe it is not a part of the carb itself, but there is a `high performance throttle valve` on the side of the rotor housing that has been know to come loose and get injested. You are right, I really should look into it and check it out before my great running sled is no longer.
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Greetings all, I've got 2 Johnsons, one is the Skee-Horse (Wide Track) not sure if it runs, or what size the motor is, and the other is a Johnson Rampage 32. Both are for sale in parts or whole sleds, located in WI, my number is 7157654638.

Not sure if either sled runs. the Rampage needs work. the main drive bearing is literally GONE, but track still rolls by hand freely.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:31 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I am just gettting into the vintage sled thing. My wife wanted a few snowmobiles to ride with the kids so we went out and got a few for her. We got a "95" Arctic Cat Pantera 2 up, "88" Cat Cougar, "80" Ski-Doo Citation, "80" John Deere Liquidfire. I have a bad back so I am not able to go with on the rides so I thought it would be a good thing to get an old sled to work on with my sons so that they would realize what it takes to repair them when they trash them. I found an "73" Evinrude Quiet Flite that was apart that came with an extra engine and hood and suspension parts for $75. Then a "72" Evinrude Skeeter was offered that I just couldn't pass up. About 2 weeks ago my son seen an ad on craigslist for a barn full of Evinrudes. He asked if we could go look at them because he wanted to start collecting them too. He is only 13 and his mom said that we had enough but she was working and I decided that if we just went and looked that would not hurt anything. Long story short we ended up getting 13 Evinrude and Johnson sleds. We got 4 Rotary sleds, 3 45 and 1 35. 2 650 Skimmers, 3 Quiet Flites, 1 Johnson Reveler, 3 Skeeters and a bunch of spare parts! I still am not sure what we have for parts yet. I haven't had time to go through them and they are not all hauled home yet. The wife was not happy but my sons sure are. Two of the rotaries just need to be cleaned up and they will be ready to roll. Same with the quiet Flites. The rest will need some work but I am sure that it is nothing that we can't handle. Heck. I might even have to go on a short run with the family. Praying for a fast summer so that we can get out and enjoy our "rude's"
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Im Restoring A 1970 Evenrude Bobcat Ss And Im Having Problems With The Fuel System . Looking For A Site Maybe That I Could Get Info And Parts Like Fuel Pump And Carb Rebuild Kits. I Beleve The Problem Is With The Pump But Not Sure On How To Test It And Also How The Carb Dia. Works Thanks If You Could Help Toolman
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