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Old 12-11-2016, 12:13 AM
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It was a heck of a day to buy a Snow Trac.
After 4 years of (a lot of) fun with this I have been pulled to the other side. The new owner just came to pick it up today. I think it is going to have a good life ahead.
As some know where I live there is a strong pull to the Orange side and well, it finally got me and I am now a proud owner of this 1968 542.
Honestly, I don't know anything about it but I'll learn (usually the hard way,lol!) but it really wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the help and encouragement of Pontoon Princess and Sno Drifter, those two work in mysterious ways. (And thanks Sno Drifter for granting the Princess a few days off).
It couldn't be in better hands right now. Although I barely have gotten my hands dirty, the Princess has been working her wood working magic and transforming the rear deck into a proper people hauler. I came out to lend a hand and give some feed back yesterday day and took these photos. I'll be back out to do what I can this week. We have a bunch of snow on the ground here and my sno-cat fever is shooting through the roof! I'll keep this thread going to share the trials, tribulations and general adventures ahead.

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fist picture of jen working!! it looks good as always. she loves that wood.
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fist picture of jen working!! it looks good as always. she loves that wood.
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I think the Princess and Sno drifter just need a photographer to follow them around. There are some great pictures that need to be taken and shared!
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Default Re: 1968 Tucker 542, new project

[QUOTE=Sno-Surfer;20632834]It was a heck of a day to buy a Snow Trac.
After 4 years of (a lot of) fun with this I have been pulled to the other side. The new owner just came to pick it up today. I think it is going to have a good life ahead.
As some know where I live there is a strong pull to the Orange side and well, it finally got me and I am now a proud owner of this 1968 542.
Honestly, I don't know anything about it but I'll learn (usually the hard way,lol!) but it really wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the help and encouragement of Pontoon Princess and Sno Drifter, those two work in mysterious ways. (And thanks Sno Drifter for granting the Princess a few days off).

No problem SNO- Surfer, I have a fence which needs white washing!
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Nikos, I need your help. Photo upside down, if it was a cat, I could set it right side up.
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all fixed

i see a wall that needs white washing though! and from first hand knowledge, there is lots of walls to do
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Default Re: 1968 Tucker 542, new project

Some have lucky horse shoes on the walls others lucky turntables.

What is that one off? Looks like it has much more open areas on the casting compared to others.. Light weight racing torpedo prototype part?
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Some have lucky horse shoes on the walls others lucky turntables.

What is that one off? Looks like it has much more open areas on the casting compared to others.. Light weight racing torpedo prototype part?
Cast steel from 1950, first year of fifth wheels for 400 series Sno-Cats.

First year of four pontoon cats was 1949, no fifth wheels. Six 443's were built then and this is the first one sold.
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Cast steel from 1950, first year of fifth wheels for 400 series Sno-Cats.

First year of four pontoon cats was 1949, no fifth wheels. Six 443's were built then and this is the first one sold.
What does it say on the side of the 49'. Something about proto or prototype maybe?
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i see a wall that needs white washing though! and from first hand knowledge, there is lots of walls to do
I'd happily trade white washing days to make up for giving the Princess a few days off.
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That white washing is a job for summer! When snow isn't flying!
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hey, we got another one, Mr Net will be out on june 22 2017 and will be staying the whole summer. that is now, 2 of 'em...

looking for more volunteers..... apply at: i want to work for free and all the tucker grease i can eat

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It was a heck of a day to buy a Snow Trac.
After 4 years of (a lot of) fun with this I have been pulled to the other side. The new owner just came to pick it up today. I think it is going to have a good life ahead.
You looked a little sad to see it go. We'll make sure it gets plenty of good adventures! We got it safely to its temporary home where it will get some fixing up done. Hoping to have it ready to take up in the mountains by February.

That Tucker looks great!
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You looked a little sad to see it go. We'll make sure it gets plenty of good adventures! We got it safely to its temporary home where it will get some fixing up done. Hoping to have it ready to take up in the mountains by February.

That Tucker looks great!
That's great to hear Woodchuck! I hope you'll maybe post a few photos of it having some fun every once in a while.

Now I'm hoping for another snow storm. The Tucker is ready for a shake down cruise and I might not have to go far to use it. We still have snow on the ground and looks like more on the way.
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hey, we got another one, Mr Net will be out on june 22 2017 and will be staying the whole summer. that is now, 2 of 'em...

looking for more volunteers..... apply at: i want to work for free and all the tucker grease i can eat
That would be an OK work detail. I'm guessing the comedy show would be payment enough!
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I wasted no time in getting the Tucker out. Fantastic day to be out! Everything went really well. My fiend took some Great pictures and I need to get them but in the meantime here are some phone pics.

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